Happy NBA Draft Day! For all you Chicago Bulls fans, get ready to see what the team does with the #20 and #49 picks in 2013 Draft. Here’s a NBA mock draft composite for your favorite team. You know what "The GarPax" always likes to do. GarPax is a combination of GM Gar Forman and VP John Paxson. When the Chicago Bulls approach the draft, it's all about taking a player from a big name school who has a lot of experience.
Look for the Bulls to stay in character this draft and take yet another junior or senior from a high major program. Can you believe it's been five years already since the lottery gods smiled upon the Bulls and gave them the #1 pick, despite a 1.4% chance, and brought home Derrick Rose? With D Rose returning, and a couple good moves this summer, the Bulls could be right back at the top of the Eastern Conference heap next season.
20. Chicago- Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan, 6-6, Jr.
I think the Bulls either look for a shooting guard or depth inside and take the best available of those options. Tim Hardaway Jr. has slowly risen up the draft and is more than capable of being a solid NBA role player.
49. Chicago- Andre Roberson, SF, Colorado, 6-7, Jr.
A tremendous athlete, Andre Roberson was a prolific rebounder at the college level but is still improving his perimeter shooting.
Walter Football- same as above
David Aldridge NBA.com- Glen Rice Jr. D-League | SG | 6-6 | 210
Rice has taken a circuitous route to the NBA, and he's kept himself out of trouble since several incidents at Georgia Tech led the school to ask him to leave. He put the ball in the basket in the D-League, and playing with All-Stars like Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Derrick Rose in Chicago will continue his chances to fill it up. Jimmy Butler became the Bulls' starter at the two in the playoffs, but after him, there's playing time available as Marco Bellinelli is a free agent and Rip Hamilton is on his way out.
The Hoops Report- Mason Plumlee 6'10 235 PF Sr Duke
The Sporting News- Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville.
The Bulls would like to get hold of Franklin at this spot, but they could also go big. Dieng made a strong impression during the NCAA tournament, and has done well in workouts.
Sports Illustrated- Tony Mitchell, North Texas
As one executive told SI.com this week, "Imagine if Tom Thibodeau could get Mitchell to play hard every day?" Chicago would love to amnesty Carlos Boozer and the $32.1 million remaining on his deal, particularly with Taj Gibson beginning a four-year, $38 million extension next season. Mitchell is enigmatic, but he is a 6-foot-9, 236-pound man-child with undeniable inside-out skills and tantalizing talent (he compares himself to Denver's Kenneth Faried) that could make him worth the risk.
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