The Chicago Bulls face an offseason of uncertainty, with Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli facing free agency. Trade talks have also swirled around Luol Deng and his expiring contract, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
At least Derrick Rose is projected to finally take the court next season, but who exactly will play with him in the backcourt remains to be seen. Swingman Jimmy Butler emerged last year, but the Bulls still need to bolster their roster with depth up and down the lineup.
Due to their sky-high salary commitments for next season (including $7.55 million for Taj Gibson), it's imperative for the Bulls to get value with this pick.
Name: Tony Snell
Pick: No. 20 overall, First Round
School: New Mexico
Analysis: The Chicago Bulls took combo SG-SF Tony Snell to provide some versatility in the middle of their lineup.
Snell can knock down the outside jumper, as he converted 39 percent of his treys for the Lobos last season.
Outside of his threat as a catch-and-shoot player, which yielded 12.5 points per game last year, he doesn't have much aggressiveness to the hoop due to his shaky ball-handling. Snell also struggles on the glass, averaging a disappointing 2.6 per game in his final season.
Defensively, Snell has the wingspan to disrupt opponent's passing lanes and was known as a smothering on-ball defender. Coach Tom Thibodeau will certainly look to harness Snell's defensive mindset.
This looks to be a good pick at No. 20, even if Snell only becomes a player in the mold of Mike Miller.
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Name: Erik Murphy
Pick: No. 49 overall, Second Round
Analysis: Erik Murphy is yet another stretch-4 that a team took a late gamble on, a symptom of the new NBA.
Murphy averaged 12.2 points per game and just 5.5 boards per game, but his shooting prowess landed him on draft boards. Murphy drained 51.6 percent of his field goals and 45.3 percent of his triples, so it's safe to say the 6'10" forward can stretch opposing defenses.
While Murphy doesn't offer much of an inside presence, Coach Thibs will be able to coach up the young man to make him at least competent on the interior. But Murphy should be able to step on the court and start launching three-pointers for Chicago right away.
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