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.