Chicago Bulls 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis
The Chicago Bulls have only one pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and it falls late in the first round, at the No. 29 spot. With that being said, the Bulls can still manage to find the talent and production they need at that position.
As the draft moves towards the No. 29 pick, where the Bulls sit, Bleacher Report will be providing draft updates and analysis right here for everything happening pertaining to the Bulls' draft.
The Bulls need to find a shooting guard who can come in and add immediate production, either in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, and there's no doubt that the No. 29 spot is a place where they can do just that.
This will be your place for Bulls' draft grades, analysis and results, so stay right here throughout the 2012 NBA draft to stay up to date on everything that is going on.
No. 29: Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky
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The Chicago Bulls have selected point guard Marquis Teague with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
With Derrick Rose (knee surgery) sidelined for at least part of the 2012-13 season, the Bulls looked to the former Kentucky standout in order to get some much-needed help in the backcourt. According to team beat writer K.C. Johnson, the Bulls "couldn't believe" that Teague was still available.
With C.J. Watson facing an uncertain future with the club and John Lucas III an unrestricted free agent, Teague should step into a role in the rotation sooner rather than later in Chicago.
Overall Grade and Analysis
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With just one pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls did exactly what they needed to do by drafting a player who can add production at the shooting guard position.
In addition to that, the Bulls managed to find a player who can come in and help them buy time while Derrick Rose is out recovering from his ACL surgery.
Marquis Teague certainly needs to work on the overall polish on his game, but he's still an athletic guard who's ready and capable to be a productive member of the Bulls' roster.
Teague can run the point and he can also come off the Bulls' "bench mob" to add production at the two-guard spot.
With just one pick, the Bulls filled two of their biggest needs, and luckily for them, one of those needs—replacing Derrick Rose—is a need that will go away once Rose comes back.
Another reason the Bulls had a great draft was because they managed to hold on to Luol Deng for the time being. With the talent the Bulls have, and adding Marquis Teague to the mix, the Bulls can certainly compete to be the best in the Eastern Conference next year.
Overall Grade: B
Bulls Draft Plans
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The Chicago Bulls biggest need in the draft is to find a shooting guard who can step right in and make an immediate impact in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, in the sixth or seventh spot.
The Richard Hamilton experiment didn't work last season, and without Rose, the Bulls will need a lot of production from the two-guard spot.
Players like John Jenkins and Will Barton could very well end up hearing their names called at the No. 29 spot.
The Bulls have just one draft pick this year, and that means they'll have to do all they can to find the most NBA-ready shooting guard available when they get their chance to make a selection.
There are also rumors that Luol Deng could be on the move for the Bulls during the trade, and if the Bulls do that, they'll have many more needs than they have right now.
Bulls Biggest Needs
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While the Bulls' biggest need in the 2012 NBA draft is to find production at the shooting guard position, there's no doubt that they could benefit from adding other players at points on their roster. Here are the positions with the biggest need for the Bulls.
1. Shooting guard production
2. Backup plan for Derrick Rose
3. Add athleticism on the wing
4. Find a backup center, especially if Omer Asik leaves