NBA Draft 2012: Tyshawn Taylor Is the Wrong Pick for the Chicago Bulls at No. 29
Tyshawn Taylor is generally considered to be a fringe first-rounder. On my own Big Board, I have Taylor coming in at No. 31, making him the fifth-best point guard prospect in the draft.
Unless Chicago's reported interest makes some other team fall in love with Taylor out of respect for Gar Forman's talent evaluation, he's going to be available for them to take at No. 29.
That said, they shouldn't draft him.
Just as the Luol Deng trade rumors were an overreaction to a first-round exit in the playoffs, drafting the former Kansas Jayhawk would be an overreaction to Derrick Rose's ACL.
At the very best, Taylor would become a stopgap during his rookie season, helping C.J. Watson hold down the fort at point guard as the Bulls waited for Rose to get healthy again.
After Rose—a former MVP who remains one of the very best players in the entire NBA—is back, Taylor can't possibly be anything more than a valuable backup. And that's if everything goes right.
Taylor is a risky prospect because of his tendency to play out of control and become a turnover machine. The end of the first round carries less risk than the beginning, but you still want to draft a good player in that situation.
Should the Chicago Bulls draft Tyshawn Taylor?
Right now, finding a backup point guard shouldn't be Chicago's priority. The team still needs to find a reliable outside threat from the 2-spot, preferably a true shooting guard who plays well on both ends of the court.
At No. 29, they have the opportunity to fill that hole in the lineup. Doron Lamb from Kentucky should be available, and he'd fit perfectly into the Chicago offensive system. If the Bulls aren't sold on him, John Jenkins and his best-in-the-class stroke should be available as well. Not to mention other talents like Orlando Johnson, Jared Cunningham and others.
Even if Taylor becomes a good player, drafting him isn't going to be anything other than a mistake.
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