NBA Draft 2011: 5 Players Who Could Help Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls
2011 NBA MVP, Derrick Rose, was eliminated in the postseason a couple of weeks ago.
He was eliminated because he was, as he has been all season, the Chicago Bulls' only source of consistent offense.
Bulls' fans were extremely frustrated by the Miami Heat's sheer dominance in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat needed only to build a wall around Derrick Rose, when he drove, and let the best defender in the NBA in LeBron James guard him. The kickouts, the bail-out passes—everything that went his teammates' way didn't go in as often as they should.
Clearly, the Chicago Bulls need some offensive firepower.
Luckily for them, the NBA Draft 2011 is coming up soon. Though the draft isn't filled with players of extreme talent, they could use some of the offensive weapons that could fall to them late in the draft.
And here they are, in no particular order.
Malcom Lee, UCLA
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Malcom Lee is projected to be a mid/late first-round to early second-round pick in the draft, and if Lee is available, the Chicago Bulls should snatch him up immediately.
Malcom Lee isn't horrifyingly athletic, but he has enough athleticism to contribute to the Chicago Bulls' offense. He isn't a knockdown jump shooter, but he can slash if needed and with proper coaching, could improve his jump shot.
His biggest asset is his length. With that length, the dude can be a solid one-on-one defender. While the Bulls have plenty of those, another wouldn't hurt, considering the problems they (and everyone else) has with Miami's Big Three.
Kyle Singler, Duke
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Kyle Singler may not be the 2-guard the Chicago Bulls desperately need, but he plays the wing position well.
Singler is an intelligent basketball player and has strong fundamentals to boot. That alone should let him see some starter minutes in the NBA, at some point in his career. Though Luol Deng already has the starting spot at the 3 locked up, Singler could come off the bench and provide intelligent, ball-moving offense, while also being a threat from deep.
If you want comparisons, think Kyle Korver (not because he's white!) but with better passing skills. Singler is also taller and has a more aggressive mindset on offense.
It will be role players like Kyle Singler who could push the Bulls over the top. If he works out as well, as he should, he could be a Hedo Turkoglu-type player and contribute greatly to the Bulls' ailing offense.
Josh Selby, Kansas
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Josh Selby is 6'3',' so it's tough to imagine him as a constant 2-guard.
However, the dude is no point guard. He doesn't have the ball-handling ability nor vision, but he has the scoring skills off the dribble to effectively play the wing position, a la Jason Terry.
Selby shoots well, so when Rose kicks out, he'll have an offensive weapon waiting. On the contrary, if Selby is given enough space, he has a solid first step to get past defenders off the dribble. He is also crafty enough to finish at the basket or start the possession over and kick back out to a teammate.
His size is a problem, mainly at the defensive end, where most 2-guards or wing players he'll be defending range from 6'4'' to 6'9''.
Still, the Bulls have an amazing team defense, so it shouldn't be a problem masking a defensive flaw. Their primary focus is on offense, and Selby could provide enough of that to push them over the edge.
Marshon Brooks, Providence
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If the Chicago Bulls are fortunate enough for Marshon Brooks to still be available late in the first round, they need to pick this kid up.
At 6'5'', dude is the perfect size for a 2-guard, which the Bulls have been looking for even before the 2011 trade deadline passed in February. And what's more is that he's ridiculously potent on offense, with his ability to create a shot or spot-up. He was Providence's best player, although he had problems as their ball handler and game manager.
Regardless, he won't be playing the role of ball handler in Chicago, with D-Rose soaking in the spotlight. But Brooks could prove to be a huge asset to the Bulls' offense, which is in need of a player that won't just spot up and shoot.
Shelvin Mack, Butler
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This is the most logical choice. This mock draft, that mock draft, this one and my mock draft all have the Chicago Bulls picking up Shelvin Mack out of Butler. Whether that's at the 28th pick or the 30th pick (which the Bulls both possess).
It makes sense for a ton of reasons. First, Shelvin Mack is a crafty scorer and knows how to get buckets. He's a proven winner, and that's the kind of attitude the Bulls will need on the court in order to further anchor the offense, which has been so reliant on Derrick Rose. It also makes sense because he knows how to defend well and proved so during his time at Butler.
His offensive skills are pretty potent. He has a solid jump shot and is quick enough to take players off the dribble. His ball-handling isn't his strong suit, which indicates that he could be more effective as a wing rather than a point, and that fits in the Bulls' plan perfectly.
His size, though, is damning. He's far too short for the average off-guard or wing player and that will make it difficult for him to defend players at his position.
This, however, is also an advantage. If he's savvy enough, he can draw fouls pretty easily because of his stature.
What say you? Did I miss anyone? Who do you think would most benefit Derrick Rose and the Bulls?