2011 NBA Draft: Why Kyle Singler Fits with the Chicago Bulls

Sean O'DowdContributor IIIJune 10, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots over Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Bulls are close to the NBA draft, and it remains to be seen what they will do to improve their roster. It is hoped by many fans that they trade up for Klay Thompson or Marshon Brooks. I profiled trading up for Thompson, and trading up for Brooks in prior articles. 

But if the Bulls stay at picks 28 and 30, a potential target could be Kyle Singler. He would fit in extremely well with the Bulls, and could be the newest member of the "bench mob". Even better, he should be available at pick 28 and trading up will not be necessary. 

The Duke Star is a shooter, first and foremost. And that fits in extremely well with the Bulls. Any team with Derrick Rose driving and kicking will leave plenty of open shots for a player similar to Singler. His shooting would provide another option that could chip in a little under ten points a night.

The best reason why he makes the most sense for the Bulls is Luol Deng. Deng played more minutes than anyone else this season on the Bulls, and played extremely well. However, he is not the youngest player, and has a history of injury. Bringing in Singler to be the backup small forward could play huge dividends by keeping Deng fresh throughout the whole season and preventing a possible injury. 

That being said, Singler does have his limitations, with the most glaring being his athleticism. He will never be a player who can drive and score around the basket. Nor will he be a top flight defender against the more athletic small forwards in the game. But as a role player and member of the bench mob, he wouldn't have to be.

Nothing can be done to vastly improve his ability to finish around the basket, but under a defensive guru such as Tom Thibodeau, Singler has the potential to become a very passable defender. In a sense, he is not as poor as Kyle Korver on the defensive end, but will never be the lockdown player Ronnie Brewer is. That being said, his relentless effort paired with the teaching of Tom Thibodeau would provide a new bench member and a rest for Luol Deng. 

Singler also will never be a pro player who averages more than 12 points a game, and he won't be a lockdown defender. But he can shoot, plays with energy and has an extremely high basketball IQ. Potentially playing under Tom Thibodeau will help his progression as a player even more.

As a result, if the Bulls stay at numbers 28 and 30 and he is available, Singler should be packing his bags for Chicago. No shooting guard that can make an impact will be available so late in the first round, and the Duke product will be able to contribute his rookie year with his long range shooting, and by putting Luol Deng on the bench to rest.