The NBA Draft is right around the corner on Thursday, June 25, and the Bulls have some team needs they should address with the 22nd pick.
Sports Illustrated NBA writer Ben Golliver thinks the biggest needs for the Bulls are depth at point guard and at the wing.
The hiring of Fred Hoiberg as coach might very well lead to strategic adjustments and shifting rotations for the Bulls, but the guts of a veteran roster with quality contributors at all five positions is unlikely to change all that much. That fact doesn’t leave much room for rookies: just ask 2013 first-round pick Tony Snell and 2014 first-round pick Doug McDermott, who together played less than 1,800 minutes last season. Legitimate concerns about the durability of Derrick Rose and the impending free agency of Mike Dunleavy make point guard and small forward two positions in need of potential depth-chart additions. That said, Chicago has added a seemingly endless cycle of serviceable reserve point guards in free agency over the last few years, and the presence of Nikola Mirotic and McDermott on the roster will make minutes hard to come by at the three, even if Dunleavy does depart. Barring a core-shaking trade, the Bulls will likely be drafting with one eye, if not both eyes, towards the future.
Bulls writer Sam Smith gave his list of top five players at every position, and we think the Bulls will target one of the top point guards or swing-forwards in the upcoming draft.
Tyus Jones, Duke, 6-2, 184
A more classic passing point guard and floor leader, though a bit small. Considered poised and a winner with his collegiate experience. Not considered a top athlete but smart and good in the pick and roll and decision making. Several teams in the teens like the Thunder, Rockets and into the 20s like the Bulls looking for point guard help.
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, 6-9, 220
Got a boost from the NCAA tournament run. Excellent size and a better athlete than he looks to be and a likely good role player. Decent spot up shooter who one scout likened to an Eric Piatkowski type and also could interest a team like the Pistons. Virginia’s Justin Anderson is a much improved shooter and big time athlete whom some scouts prefer over Dekker and [Kelly] Oubre and could move up.
The Bulls fans will have to wait until Thursday to find out who exactly Chicago picks at No. 22.