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2014 Bulls Draft Recap

2014 Bulls Draft Recap
Well Bulls Fans, it’s been a fun covering the draft again.  While, I really like Gary Harris, I’m excited the Bulls were aggressive and traded up for Doug McDermott.  While I wonder a little about his defensive ability, the NBA is going towards a perimeter game.  McDermott reminds me of a souped up Wally Szczerbiak because he is a little more athletic, has a fade-away jumper, has a one leg jumper, and is a little taller...

2014 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings

While most teams rank based on talent, I base it on toughness, IQ, hard-work, skill, and such as well.  This generates a different list than the herd.  There are players I left off such as Ennis that are much safer (others include McDaniels, Clarkson, Grant, Warren, etc..) and will make the league over players listed below. ...

2014 NBA Prospects: Late First/Second Round

Well Bulls Fans, sorry I was not able to hit every prospect I wanted to cover near our current range.  However, I felt I covered as many as possible and want to highlight a few I was not able to get to along with some second round prospects.  One of my next articles will also highlight my suggestions.  A lot can change as honestly I hope we can get a superstar...
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Draft Profiles: Elfrid Payton, 6’4, PG, Louisiana Lafayette, 185 lbs., Freshman

Draft Profiles: Elfrid Payton, 6’4, PG, Louisiana Lafayette, 185 lbs., Freshman
Athletic Ability Athletically, Payton is one of the top players in this draft and the best athlete focused who plays exclusively as a point guard position (I am excluding LaVine because he is a combo guard).   The thing I like the most about Payton is his elite speed which usually translates to the NBA.  Along with elite speed, at near 6’4, his rangy strides get him up the court faster than usual as well.  Payton also possesses elite anticipation, quick hands, elite lateral quickness, and above average hops...

Draft Profiles: James Young, 6’7, SG/SF, Kentucky, 215 lbs., Freshman

Draft Profiles: James Young, 6’7, SG/SF, Kentucky, 215 lbs., Freshman
Athletic Ability Athletically, Young is an above average athlete regardless of whether he plays shooting guard or small forward. While he will not blow people away with his athleticism, he has solid quickness, some surprising hops, and is an aggressive player...

Draft Profiles: Tyler Ennis, 6’3, PG, Syracuse, 180 lbs., Freshman

Draft Profiles: Tyler Ennis, 6’3, PG, Syracuse, 180 lbs., Freshman
Athletic Ability Athletically, Ennis is about average, just like the rest of his game. While not great, he possesses solid athleticism across the board in terms of lateral quickness, jumping ability, and front-line speed...
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Draft Profiles: Nik Stauskas, 6’6, SG, Michigan, 210 lbs., Sophomore

Draft Profiles: Nik Stauskas, 6’6, SG, Michigan, 210 lbs., Sophomore
Athletic Ability Stauskas is a below average athlete by shooting guard standards.  At this NBA level, he lacks burst and lateral quickness.  While not a great athlete, Stauskas does have some surprising hops occasionally.  The way Stauskas is able to get by with limited athleticism is through understanding the game and great size...

Draft Profiles: Gary Harris, 6’4, SG, Michigan State, 205 lbs.

Draft Profiles: Gary Harris, 6’4, SG, Michigan State, 205 lbs.
Athletic Ability Athletically, Harris is above average for a shooting guard.  While he doesn't have elite vertical, he has tremendous lateral quickness and front-line speed. He also has great anticipation which allows him to play even quicker...

Draft Profiles: P.J. Hairston, 6’5, SF,DLeague, 230 lbs.

Draft Profiles: P.J. Hairston, 6’5, SF,DLeague, 230 lbs.
Athletic Ability Athletically, Hairston is probably average in most components compared to many small forwards.  However, with his build, he can probably be considered above average in terms of strength and and ability to knock opponents off their position.   As a wing defender, many shooting guards might be able to use their quickness to keep Hairston off balance...
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Draft Profiles: Rodney Hood, 6’8, SF, Duke, 205 lbs., Sophomore

Draft Profiles: Rodney Hood, 6’8, SF, Duke, 205 lbs., Sophomore

Athletic Ability

Athletically, Hood's an above average athlete with sneaky athleticism.   He has good vertical, moves his feet well, has good lateral quickness and straight line speed.

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