Unlike last year when the Bulls built for the future by selecting Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler in the first round, Chicago will be looking for a player who could contribute immediately. With Derrick Rose expected to miss most of the year recovering from a torn ACL and Deng likely out for an extended period due to wrist surgery, the Bulls need a player to help fill the voids left by the team's two All-Stars.
Chicago could snag an impact player with the No. 29 pick, and there should be plenty available. A recent rumor has swirled about the possibility of the Bulls trading Deng to move up in the first round to select Harrison Barnes, but it would be unwise to trade a proven All-Star for a questionable prospect. There is plenty of depth in this draft for the Bulls to land an above-average player late in the first round.
Here are the top seven potential first-round picks for the Chicago Bulls in next week's NBA Draft.