2011 NBA Mock Draft: Chicago Bulls Add Nolan Smith for Depth Behind D Rose
The Chicago Bulls just have a habit of scooping up Duke Blue Devils, making Nolan Smith a predictable pick at No. 25
C.J. Watson is a huge upgrade over Jannero Pargo, but it's safe to say the Bulls could use a backup point guard to take some minutes from superstar Derrick Rose.
Enter Nolan Smith, also known as Chris Duhon version 2.0.
Smith's game would be a perfect fit for the Bulls, who could use another guard capable of initiating the offense.
His athleticism is underrated, and his ability to defend opposing point guards makes him a lock to come off the board in the first round.
As for exactly how big of an impact he will have in the NBA, opinion is widely varied.
ESPN Insider Chad Ford was impressed with Smith's development as a senior, and now projects him as a late-1st round selection.
Despite his steady play, his ceiling is relatively low. The Bulls might be tempted to gamble on a prospect with more potential in this spot, possibly taking a long look at Kansas' freshman Josh Selby.
Pro Projection: Smith probably won't be a starter, nor will he con an NBA team into giving him a 4-year, $15 million contract at any point in his career.
To say players like Chris Duhon and Nolan Smith grow on trees is a huge understatement.
He won't be a superstar and probably will never be a starter on a winning team, but the Dukey should have a nice NBA career.
For a closer look at the other Blue Devils in the 2011 NBA Draft, check out B/R's draft hub page.
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