Editor's Note: Kevin States is back to cover draft prospects who could be in Chicago's draft range. Welcome back to the madhouse, Kevin!
Well Bulls fans, it has been an interesting season and should be an interesting offseason (assuming the FO will actually be aggressive for once). This season, the team obviously never got into rhythm and it's questionable if they wanted to play for Coach Thibs at all times. Thibs also seemed to mail it in this year, so it should be interesting to see what happens. One thing I'm looking forward to is the possibility of younger guys maybe getting more of an opportunity depending on the new bench hire. There is absolutely no way Kirk Hinrich should have received more minutes than Tony Snell. While we don’t know what we truly have in Doug McDermott, we do know he was drafted for offensive purposes and did not play for an offensive minded coach. It will be interesting to see how he plays out depending on if/whom we replace Thibs with.
The Bulls obviously have a lot of great young pieces to build around. The front office has done a tremendous job building for the present as well as the future. Nikola Mirotic is a potential future perennial All-Star and the same can be said for Jimmy Butler. The Bulls need some young contributors at center (Pau and Noah are eventually going to slow down) and point guard (can’t count on Rose staying healthy for too long and keep hoping for miracle point guards to be ready).
This draft is not as deep as last year's, nor likely to have the possible impact players of a star-studded draft. However, the draft has some good players in the top 4. I think there are a couple of most likely solid contributors in the top 8, but there are a wave of bust type players throughout picks 6-12 or 13 due to potential and teams rather taking a chance to getting an impact player than just a solid player taking up space and spending future monies into. I do think there are a few seniors and a few players from picks 13-20 that can be had, who could become good players down the road though.
The Bulls have done well drafting players that have a high basketball IQ, who plays hard, and had a somewhat high skill level. While I don’t think there will be any center prospects available if we stay where we are at, I do think there are some point guard and combo guard prospects that can definitely meet the criteria that GarPax looks for. I still believe in drafting BPA; especially at pick 22. We are right at that threshold for drafting players who could make contributions at the NBA level. Hopefully we get some athleticism to go along with our pick this year.
If you have any particular prospect you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Thank you and Go Bulls!