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Is Duke's Mason Plumlee the answer to what ails the Bulls?
When the Games 2-5 got away from the Bulls, Miami’s talent became the culprit. What makes Miami the superior team is its athleticism and shooting prowess.
LeBron James is the NBA’s best player. On offense, he can dominate a game with his innate passing and timely scoring. Defensively, there are few players who can play aggressively without committing fouls, as he does.
The Bulls cannot compete with that.
As great as LeBron is, he is surrounded by jump shooters (i.e., Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Ray Allen) and athletic players (Dwyane Wade, Chris Anderson and Norris Cole). The only chance the Bulls had to extend the series was to slow down the games with a precise half-court offense.
In the upcoming NBA draft, the Bulls need to target a couple of players who can play on both ends of the floor. Duke’s Mason Plumlee and Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. fits the description.
With one pick, they have to address their shooting woes. Even if they can find a way to keep Belinelli and Robinson, shooting will be a problem.
Lack of athleticism has hurt the Bulls the most.
The Bulls will have to strike gold with their second-round selection. Ideally, they will have to trade up in order to enhance their odds.
The NBA draft is a cost-efficient solution for the Bulls