Bulls Should Look To Two Panthers

Chad MatejickaContributor IJune 25, 2009

BOSTON - MARCH 28:  DeJuan Blair #45 of the Pittsburgh Panthers shouts during their game against the Villanova Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regionals at TD Banknorth Garden on March 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With a great deal of uncertainty surrounding just about every pick outside of Blake Griffin at #1, this year's NBA draft provides many teams the opportunity to steal talented players late. 

The Chicago Bulls happen to be in one of these fortunate positions possessing the #16 and #26 picks in the 1st round. 

Having these two picks enables the Bulls to package both of them to move up for a player that they covet or to simply hold tight and make their selections. 

Based on their slots, the Bulls should have a chance to address two of their areas of need which is toughness inside and a shooting guard to protect against the likes of Ben Gordon leaving and Kirk Hinrich being traded. 

At #16 the Bulls should have their shot at DeJuan Blair.  Blair while undersized is a flat out man already and will provide the Bulls with another post presence and toughness that they are sorely lacking right now. 

On the contrary, Sam Young will provide the Bulls with a tall, athletic swing man.  Young has a great first step, elevates quick off the floor and can possibly give the Bulls some minutes at the small forward position in addition to the shooting guard spot.

The Bulls not known for making good draft decisions, hopefully will see the benefit of holding on to their two picks that can help to catapult a promising young team deeper into the playoffs next year.

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