Below is a ranking of players I would draft based on whom I feel will be available at our pick. I am all about drafting the best player available. Our most important need is point guard, backup big man, and overall athleticism. Fortunately, it is most likely that a point guard or an athletic swingman will be available. Below is my list in order. It is most likely that Jerian Grant and Bobby Portis will be just out of our range (two players that I really like that could fill our needs). It is also likely that players such as Tyus Jones will just be out of our reach in which he is probably the most polarizing player in this draft.
1) Delon Wright (PG, Utah) – While I don’t think he will be a superstar, I think he can be a very good player at this level. Some people compare him to Shaun Livingston because of his size and lack of 3 point jumper, I think he has some Rajon Rondo in him defensively too. I do think he has a chance to add some shooting. Obviously, there is some concern as to whether he would be a good fit for Coach Hoiberg given our lack of 3 point shooting at the point guard position and our current best player in Jimmy Butler at the shooting guard position. However, Wright is a very good back-up point with versatility to allow Rose to play point or shooting guard.
2) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (SF, Arizona) – I doubt the Bulls draft him because of his lack of 3 point shot. Purely from the basketball standpoint, he is a better player than many that will be drafted ahead of him. He is a freak athlete that has a good understanding of the game, is tough, and plays tremendous D. To me, he is a taller Tony Allen with at least a mid-range game. I think he is way more athletic than Ronnie Brewer too. I do wonder about the fit, but there could be times you could do small-ball damage with Jefferson by having him at the 4, McDermott at the 3, Niko or Pau at the 5, Butler at the 2, and Rose at the point. I know defense would be a concern at the center position, but you would wear down teams quick.
3) Rashad Vaughn (SG, UNLV) – I know he would be a risk, but I do think he can be a scorer at this level with the potential to be a good defender. Coach Hoiberg is a fan as he recruited him heavily and is supposedly an advocate for him now. Would provide scoring versatility with solid size at the shooting guard position.
4) Terry Rozier (PG, Louisville) – To me, he is a bit of a wildcard. At this point, if it is he, Justin Anderson, Montrezl Harrell, Joe Young, and Richaun Holmes, I am probably trading down even though I think all these players can contribute at some point. Rozier is only selected because I feel his potential to be a better player than he showed at college. He is tenacious, will at least be a good defender, and has the opportunity to be an explosive scoring point guard. I like the other players, but I just think you can trade down at this point and get one of them to contribute will possibly picking up another asset.
If it was up to me, I am interested in trying to trade up to get Cameron Murray (likely out of our range), Jerian Grant, or Bobby Portis. I just don’t know what we can give up to get those. At this point, I really hope Delon Wright falls to us. Overall, unless the Bulls pull some shocker, I really like the possibilities of getting some contributor on this team.
Overall, I think there is some talent that will be taken later lottery that will be better than some of the players taken after pick 4. For example, I think Frank Kaminsky and Cameron Payne are going to be really good players. Even before the foot injury discovery, I was not a fan of Willie Caulie-Stein as I think he is horrific offensively and while he has the talent defensively, I question if he can play at the next level due to him being moved off the block with his light frame.
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