2011 final draft suggestions

Bulls Fans,

It has been great covering the 2011 Draft with you guys.  After all the coverage, I figured I owed you my official draft hopes if we stick with our three picks (28, 30, and 43).

Pick 28 – Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) – I feel that the Bulls need another creator, shooter, solid defender, and someone that has a high basketball IQ.  He is not tall enough to play shooting guard full-time, but I think he is good enough to be an impact player for the Bulls off the bench.  

Pick 30 – JaJuan Johnson (Purdue) – I actually think JaJuan has a chance to be a better player than Charles Jenkins, but also feel he has a better chance of sliding at 30.  While I wonder if he is strong enough to play at the next level, I don’t question his ability to shoot a jumper that is really difficult to defend. 

He has good foot speed, can jump, and is a solid athlete overall and therefore I feel he can do a little more than Channing Frye at the next level.  If the Bulls trade up slightly and have to choose one player, I would actually pick JaJuan before Charles in this instance. 

Pick 43 – E’Twaun Moore (Purdue)
– I promise I am not a Purdue Fan.  I just feel that E’Twaun’s game is what we need as a backup at the next level; possibly eventually a solid starter.  If he can maximize his talent, I can see him being a less athletic Courtney Lee with better handles.  He is also a cheap 12th man type player.  

Rather than using our picks, I still favor trading out for an experienced shooting guard such as O.J. Mayo, Ben Gordon, or Andre Iguodala.  Trading up to get Brooks, Burks, or Biyombo would be preferable as well, but without knowing the salary constraints the team is working under or the trades available, it’s impossible to know what trade options are really on the table.


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  • It will be very interesting to see what the Bulls will do on draft night. They known what they need in order to contend for a championship, but will they actually do it is the question. If they are going to keep the picks, they need to draft the best perimeter scores that are left on the board. Let's hope they have something big in terms of a trade in mind even tho that's not how the Bulls normally do their business.

  • Kevin,
    I agree with your picks. I especially like JuJuan Johnson, and think we need to begin planning for the post-Boozer era, quickly. He

  • For the Bulls it looks like a pretty boring draft, there will be some OK choices on the board but there's not really a guy projected to go a few spots further up that might fall that you're just hoping for. Kind of hoping that Stern will come to the podium with a "there has been a trade" that the Bulls are involved in just to keep it interesting, but even that seems unlikely.

    I'm more interested in what happens at the top of the draft, if the Cavs take Williams and force the Wolves to take Irving and look for a trade things could get crazy.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    If you're the Cavs, do you take D. Williams at #1 and then take Brandon Knight/Kemba Walker at #4? T'Wolves will not take Kyrie Irving (So many Lions WR jokes), most likely they trade the pick to a team that does want Kyrie. Or do you just go Irving/Kanter?

  • In reply to nolebron:

    Just asking because if they took Williams at 1, then JJ Hickson most likely gets traded and he was "untouchable" last season when he may have been traded for Chris Bosh at the deadline.

  • In reply to nolebron:

    I'd love JJ Hickson on the Bulls!!! :-)
    But on the cheap! :-)

  • In reply to nolebron:

    I read Sam Smith's suggestion yesterday about picking JaJuan Johnson (or even Justin Harper) which would then make Taj expendable so you could package him in a trade for someone like OJ Mayo or anyone on our list of preferred SG's. Interesting idea IMO. I love Taj, but would possibly consider it for the right SG.

  • In reply to nolebron:

    Hickson also played like crap most of this year, I'd guess he's available in the right deal no matter who they pick.

  • In reply to nolebron:

    No more small guards....been there, done that

    Give me Justin Harper...a stretch 4 that can fill it up from the 3pt line. Can be a solid rotation player within a couple years imo.

    Nikola Mirotic- Stash him overseas for a couple years...scouts say he has top 10 talent. Toni Kukuc/Dirk type game

    Jeremy Tyler- Never can have enough bigman, plus his contract has him staying in Europe for another year.He can be groomed while he isnt on our books. He has athleticism and potential and the Bulls are a team that have great coaching an winning players to help Tyler keep improving. If he went to college, he probably could be in the lottery. Everyone questioned DeAndre Jordan work ethic an attitude, well he dropped to the 2nd round an now every team in the league would love to have him. I can see a similair path to Tyler as well.

    2nd round- Grab a shooter....probably wont make the team anyways.

    SIGN Vince Carter

    Rose, Watson
    Vince Carter,Brewer
    Deng,Korver, Justin Harper? Nikola Mirotic?
    Boozer,Taj, Jeremy Tyler? Harper? Mirotic?
    Noah,Asik, Tyler?

    Band aid the SG position until we can find 1....Bulls can contend right now. VC is a proven player, he just needs to buy into the system. And thats where Coach Thibs comes in.

  • In reply to nolebron:

    sign me up for this Kevin! Seems close to an ideal situation, would love all 3 guys.

  • In reply to nolebron:

    Im not really a fan of Jenkins...you can find small guards that can fill it up imo.

    JaJuan Johnson is alright but does he even way 200lbs!? lol Hes tiny. I like his motor an athleticism, has great length an plays good defense. As far as his 3pt range...he only shot 29% from behind the arc...yuck

    Have big 10 players been successful in the NBA? Just from what I can recall, I dont think they have. I would go after rare players....size downlow or on the perimeter,stretch 4s that can hit the 3 and put the ball on the floor, or Euro talent that can be stashed away for a couple years.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I wouldn't really call him a small guard, and I disagree those that can fill it up are easy to find. I really like this guys mental makeup. I know the Bulls love high character guys, and basketball guys. This guy is a basketball junkie. He will absolutely live in the gym. Jenkins will be able to score in the NBA from day 1, and from all over the court, and he can hit the open man. He's perfect as the backup combo guard to Rose & whoever starts at the 2. I don't believe the Bulls will be able to address the long term SG hole this season, just don't have enough assets yet, but Charles can step in right away & play in the rotation and help the team. I firmly believe this.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    If Jenkins were to pan out as a backup guard, it allows Bulls to use CJ Watson in trade next year as a non-guaranteed contract to a team needing to shed salary due to the new CBA. Watson makes $3.5 mil, Jenkins would be at $1 mil for 4 years.

  • In reply to Edward:


  • In reply to Edward:

    Its gonna be interesting to see what we do...I was kind of under the impression that the Bulls would probably add size to make Gibson or Asik expendible and then maybe grab a Euro player to keep overseas for a couple years. If we do go with a guard, I guess Jenkins could be alright, I hear alot about Reggie Jackson (I guess he has great length) and I also think Nolan Smith will be a solid player. I really like Justin Harper an Nikola Mirotic.

    If you guys get a chance, check out Nikola Mirotic, he has lottery talent, teams just dont want to wait for him. Im telling you, TOni Kukoc/poormans Dirk in his game. He isnt soft either. Tough kid that knocks down the 3 ball. I could see him being a possible 6th man or even a replacement for Deng depending on how he turns out.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I like Mirotic, but if the Bulls want instant results and I think they do, I feel they are going for it and I don't feel he fills that.

    I can see the Bulls getting a big if they can trade up and make Taj expendable. Imagine getting the 19th pick and getting a Kenneth Faried; boom, Taj is expendable.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Doesn't seem likely the Bulls can pull that off though. But Faried + trading Taj for a SG is my ideal draft scenario.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Thanks again for the reviews Kevin. I know you're not big on Reggie Jackson as an immediate help guy. But I am. I've said if Reggie Jackson were to fall(which he likely won't) I'd take him at 28. Otherwise I agree with both Jenkins and JuJuan Johnson as my top picks. If they took Noaln Smith I'd be happy about that too. At 43 if they want Moore it's fine with me as he's had two years shooting quality percentage from three.

    OKC is said by some to like Jackson while Miami is said they won't let him pass at 31. Honestly, I like Jackson so much I'd be willing to give OKC(up to $1 Mil) cash and a second rounder for him to move up to their pick. But if they stay put and get Jenkins/Smith and JuJuan Johnson I'd be happy considering the looming lockout prohibits probably any dynamic trades from going down.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    Road Warrior, I do like Jackson; just not as an early impact guy. I think it will take him a while to get used to physicality of NBA.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    As far as Johnson goes, it's worth noting his comparison Frye shot 6/23 from three his entire college career, and 20/70 his first 4 years in the NBA before making 343 at over 40% the past two years with the Suns.

    Obviously Frye is unusual in that he went from virtually no three point shots to one of the leaders in the league in makes in the space of a season, but it does go to show that if you're generally a good shooter and your team wants you to work on your three it can happen.

  • In reply to nolebron:

    Bill Simmons and Chad Ford went over it in their pre-draft podcast, suggested the Wolves might trade down to 3 and take Kanter and let the Jazz take Irving if Williams was off the board. Which would let the Cavs take Knight.

    Makes a lot of sense for the Cavs to try to get it to fall that way if they see Knight as not far behind Irving, because there's nobody else that is really close to Williams.

  • Draft day is the best day in the NBA. Mainly because none of these guys have ever played so you can convince yourself that they're going to be awesome and everyone is a winner. ;)

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