NBA Draft 2013: The Chicago Bulls' 5 Most Important Draft Targets
Unless you live under a rock, you are most likely aware that the Bulls were without superstar and former MVP Derrick Rose all season.
The absence of Rose has many Bulls fans feeling optimistic that if they can have this successful of a season without him, then things can only go up from here.
The Bulls will be picking 20th in the NBA draft this June and have multiple needs that they could address.
Here is a look at the Chicago Bulls' five most important draft targets.
5. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
A major component that the Bulls were lacking in their shortened playoff run was a three-point shooter.
Caldwell-Pope is a guy who isn't afraid to let it fly, and he has already proven that he has NBA range throughout his college career.
He is an offensive-minded guard but doesn't slack on the defensive end. He can give the Bulls depth at the 2-guard position.
The guard from Georgia has a worker's mentality, and he has the skill set and potential to blossom into a solid NBA player.
Look for Caldwell-Pope to be on the Bulls' radar, even though he is projected to go before Chicago selects.
4. Gorgui Dieng
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Nazr Mohammed was logging a decent amount of minutes for the Bulls this postseason.
That is an issue.
The Bulls need to make a point of improving their frontcourt this offseason, and the draft could be a good place to start.
With the Bulls sitting at pick No.20, they could have a few options in terms of big men that they could snag.
Dieng could be a good option for Chicago, due to his size and defensive mindset. He would fit in well with the Bulls' tough-guy demeanor.
3. Jeff Withey
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The seven-foot center out of Kansas was a dominant defensive big man on the college level, and if the Bulls think that will transfer to the NBA, then there is a good chance Withey ends up a Bull.
Withey averaged 13.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in his senior season.
He is another guy who fits the Chicago Bulls mold, and he could serve as the perfect backup center to Joakim Noah.
Many projections have Withey slipping to the second round, but I don't think Bulls fans would be upset if they reached for him a bit at No.20.
2. Steven Adams
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Adams is another big man who could help the Bulls' need for a backup center.
The center out of Pittsburgh is an important target for the Bulls because he brings a strong offensive and defensive presence and could be very effective for a perennial playoff team.
The Bulls will have to hope that Adams slips down the draft board a bit, but if he is around when it is Chicago's turn to pick, it wouldn't be a surprise if they grabbed the big man.
The Bulls will have plenty of big men to choose from—if that's what they decide to do with their pick—and Adams should be one of their top targets.
1. Allen Crabbe
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Allen Crabbe is another guy who fits the Bulls' need for a three-point shooter.
Marco Belinelli is a free agent in this coming offseason, and after emerging as a go-to option for the Bulls this postseason, they may have a hard time getting him to stick around.
Crabbe could be a great replacement for Belinelli because of his lights-out shooting ability and his great range.
He has the potential to become a great NBA player, and he could be a great running mate for Derrick Rose if all pans out.
Look for Crabbe to be a highly touted prospect heading into the draft, but expect the Bulls to be one of the teams very interested.