June 28 is the set date for the NBA Draft, and the basketball world is clamoring with anticipation as mock drafts start to pop up all over.
The NBA Draft is usually when the league’s least fortunate teams get the opportunity to choose from the best and brightest prospects from the collegiate and international ranks in hopes that their chosen player will be the first step towards team prosperity.
While the most publicized players are usually taken first, there are quite a few solid contributors and would-be superstars that fly under the radar, revealing themselves only when they set foot on the NBA hardwood.
It is that diamond-in-the-rough type player that the Chicago Bulls are hoping land since they are near the bottom of the draft selection totem pole with the next to last pick of the first round.
The Bulls have struck late draft gold before with power forward Taj Gibson, and their need for an athletic wing coupled with this year’s talent depth puts them in position to repeat that late round success.
Using mock draft postings from NBADraft.net,CBSsports.com and DraftExpress.com, the following is a short list of prospects that can help the Bulls fill their need for another shot-creating athlete, while minimizing the possibility of having to trade up to do so.
Each player to be discussed is consistently projected by the aforementioned sites as being either a late first or early second round choices.
Let’s take a look at the talent.