Well Bulls fans, it has been fun covering another draft. I am much more pleased with Tony Snell this year than Teague of last year. Second round pick I did not care for at all.
1st Round Pick
Tony Snell – Snell at 6’7 with a 6’11 wing-span, one of the best shooters in the draft, can pull-up off the dribble, pass, and defend. Snell is a smooth athlete and has surprising handles. My concerns with him are does he play tough enough and can he rebound? I do think his handles are very under-rated and at worst we have a shooter from all-over that can play defense. While other players such as Dieng and Hardaway Jr. would provide more stability all-around, Snell has much more upside. I am excited they took a chance on this kid and he can be a Paul George light if he lives up to his potential. Snell also possesses a solid understanding of the game. Very intrigued by this pick and I think he will surprise some folks.
2nd Round Pick
Erik Murphy (PF – Florida) – At 6’10, decent bulk at the Power Foward Spot, and shoot a 3, he can make the roster. While many second rounders don’t make the roster, he has a chance. Murphy also is a very smart player that has a few low-post moves. Stating this and nothing against Murphy, but I don’t care for the pick. While you might not get many second rounders that will make a squad, Murphy is very methodical and is a very slow player. I felt there were other players such as Jackie Carmichael, Brandon Paul, DeShaun Thomas, and some stash players available to draft. Hope I am wrong.
Best steal in the draft
Trey Burke (Utah) – Love this kid and feel he is very under-rated. Utah has a nice young nucleus with Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter. Add this with Trey Burke whom I think has some Tony Parker in his game and some cap space, and they have a very good young team. Utah just needs a shooting guard and they will be loaded.
Isaiah Canaan (Rockets) – Dynamic point guard that can score off the bench. Canaan should make this team and has some Mo Williams to him.
New Orleans getting Jrue Holiday. I know Philly is rebuilding and next year’s draft is loaded (one of the best in a while) and I don’t blame Philly. However, New Orleans is getting to become dangerous with their young talent. Davis will develop, Vasquez is a very nice player, Holiday can score, and Anderson can shoot. If they can get Gordon to play and play well, they are intriguing young team!
Trailblazers – C.J. McCollum, (Trade for Allen Crabbe), and Jeff Withey – While Portland has Lillard, McCollum is more of a scorer that can play point. He is one of the better talents in this draft and you can at least build his stock up. Crabbe is a shooter for them that can pair with Lillard or McCollum, and Withey in the 2nd round can be a nice option at the center position to block shots.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the pick of Snell. In a draft not having much superstar talent, Bulls probably got one of the most talented players in the draft. While I have concerns if he will reach that fully, I do think he will be a nice athletic three point shooter that can defend multiple positions with the possibility of being much more. I hope the Bulls are seriously considering trading Deng or Taj as we need some more offense, but we will see (Bulls FO usually lacks creativity).
Thank you Bulls Fans!