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As I said before, the draft is overflowing with talented rookies, especially at the shooting guard position. While there are many to choose from, I’m just going to pick my top three.
Keep in mind that while the Bulls currently have the 29th draft pick, they have plenty of bargaining chips to help them move up.
1. Doron Lamb
While Doron Lamb isn’t the best shooting guard in the draft, he may well be the best scorer. He’s extremely talented, and very capable of getting the ball through the hoop. Also, his athleticism and ball-handling are through the roof.
His passing game is underrated, as he actually had experience playing point guard when needed in college. He is a bit undersized at 6’4”, but he didn't let that hinder his potential at Kentucky.
I feel that Lamb could be a great pick for the Bulls, simply because of his scoring abilities. It is doubtful that the Bulls could get him with such a late pick; we would likely have to trade up to get him.
2. Austin Rivers
This guy is all potential. I hate hearing that word as much as anyone, but seriously, Austin Rivers will likely prove to be a huge asset for the team that drafts him. His best qualities include his aggressiveness in getting to the rim, and his play-making abilities.
At the moment, Rivers isn’t the best guard in the draft. While his basketball IQ is outstanding (we can thank his dad for that), his selfishness and a weak left side could prove to be a problem for him.
Overall, I like this guy for the Bulls. I think that Thibodeau could keep him in line, and his natural aggressiveness and desire to win could be a huge spark of life for Chi-Town. It would be risky to wait around for him at the 29th pick, but there’s a good chance he’d still be around.
3. John Jenkins
By popular vote, Jenkins wouldn’t be on this list. He’s a little undersized, not as athletic as some of the other rookies, and his defense has been questioned. That said though, Jenkins easily has the best shot in his entire draft class. He’s been compared to Ray Allen, and he’s a substantially better leader than most of the other shooting guards.
He’s not a selfish player, he’s a good passer, and his shooting range is endless. If the Bulls brought him in, he wouldn’t disappoint.
Jenkins will almost undoubtedly still be around by the time the Bulls pick rolls around. His personality and on-court behavior fit with the system that Thibodeau has set in place. Overall, he would look great wearing a Bulls jersey.