NBA Draft 2011: 10 Rookies the Chicago Bulls Should Target

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NBA Draft 2011: 10 Rookies the Chicago Bulls Should Target
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The Miami Heat ended the Chicago Bulls' season earlier than Chicago fans hoped. Scottie Pippen added insult to injury by claiming LeBron James could one day be better than Michael Jordan.

Time to get over that. Like 28 of the 30 front offices in the NBA, John Paxson and Gar Forman are now focused on the NBA draft and the free-agent market.

Chicago has the 28th pick in the first round (courtesy of the James Johnson trade), the 30th pick in the first round (their own) and one second-round pick (44th overall). Aside from a desperate need for a starting shooting guard, which should be addressed in free agency, the Bulls' needs from this somewhat weak draft class are not clear.

The Bulls have numerous routes they can take with these picks. Most likely, they will try to package them in a trade or as a way to move up and select a player who could actually make their 12-man roster. The only players Chicago is losing to free agency are Kurt Thomas, Brian Scalabrine and Rasual Butler.

At this point, it's hard to say what the Bulls are looking for in the draft, but it would seem like a wing player and some more frontcourt depth would be a priority. I'm assuming the Bulls could move no higher than 20th, so no Jimmer for the Bulls.

Here we go.

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