NBA Draft 2012: Why Trading Up Doesn't Make Sense for Chicago Bulls

James Davis@@JDouglasDavisAnalyst IMay 26, 2012

DEERFIELD, IL - JUNE 23: General Manager Gar Forman of the Chicago Bulls (L) announces that Tom Thibodeau, formally an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, will become the new head coach of the Bulls during a press conference at the Berto Center practice facility on June 23, 2010 in Deerfield, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The NBA draft is a month away and each NBA team has their own unique personnel needs to fill.

Lucky for them, the talent pool is ample with bona fide studs, risky prospects and diamonds in the rough.

For the Chicago Bulls, the consensus is that they need to find a shooting guard that can grow as a player and create the backcourt of the future alongside Derrick Rose.

Someone with a knack for creating their own shot and getting into the paint would be most fitting.

In a perfect basketball world, the Bulls would trade up from their lowly spot at No. 29 to land a sure thing like UConn’s Jeremy Lamb or Duke’s Austin Rivers. But given what the Bulls would have to give up to land a spot in the lottery, that doesn’t seem likely.

Let’s assume for a second, though, that trading up 20-plus spots was feasible. Would it really be beneficial for Chicago?

An NBA lottery pick is usually a player that has a pretty good chance of starting and contributing right away on an NBA team.

Given Tom Thibodeau’s old-school ethic, which pretty much limits rookies to garbage minutes, having a former collegiate star who is used to seeing the floor and being a big part of things may not prove to be the best of circumstances for the parties involved.

Not to slight their character as people, but it seems hard to imagine a prospect being happy with going from top dog to grinding, sweating and pushing for Thibodeau in practice only to become a suited-up spectator when game time arrives.

There is no question that trading up to fill a roster void with a high-caliber rookie makes sense on the surface, but given the culture that is Chicago Bulls basketball in the Thibodeau era, it makes more sense to either fill that spot with a veteran who understands the game a bit more or stay in their place and draft a player who knows that starting or even contributing immediately is not very likely.

The 2012 NBA draft is deep with shooting guard talent, and while the big names may be gone by the time their pick arrives, the remaining prospects will surely be malleable enough to grow into the player that the Bulls need him to be.

Besides, if there’s one thing that the past few years have taught us about how the Bulls operate in the NBA draft, it’s that Gar Forman and John Paxson definitely have a plan.

All fans can do now is wait and see.