NBA Draft 2011: 10 Prospects for the Chicago Bulls to Consider
The draft is coming up very soon, and speculation is rampant about who the Chicago Bulls will add this offseason. The biggest hole on the team is obviously shooting guard, and the draft is potentially the best way to add a player who can come in and start next year alongside Derrick Rose.
As a result, the Bulls will definitely be looking for shooting guards in the draft. That being said, the Bulls could look to other players and use the "best player available" approach when making their decision. And with that, here are 10 possible picks by the Bulls in the upcoming draft.
Marshon Brooks certainly is a talented player and would fit in perfectly with what the Bulls need. He is a scorer who has speed that could create an explosive backcourt with Derrick Rose. Although he not the best defender, his athleticism, wingspan equivalent to a power forward, and Tom Thibodeau could help turn him into a potential stud defender. At the very least, he would start immediately and average more than 10 points per game.
The problem with Brooks is his rising draft stock; he is expected to be taken in the mid-teens. The Bulls would have to trade both of their picks, 28 and 30, to trade up and draft him.
Klay Thompson is defined by one key characteristic—his shooting. He can stroke the ball from anywhere on the court, and his 6'7" size allows him to shoot over most defenders. That being said, Thompson can drive and convert around the basket at times. His basketball IQ is also very strong, and he can contribute a few assists per game.
Thompson is not the most athletic defender and can be exploited in the NBA on the defensive end. As a result, he can be compared, whether favorably or unfavorably, to current Bull Kyle Korver.
As with Brooks, he will go in the between picks 10-20, and the Bulls would have to trade up to draft him.
The Duke product has something that no other potential draft pick has—experience at a huge level.
Although he is not the most athletic player, he is a great shooter. Singler would be a great addition to the Bulls but obviously would not start. He would add an important piece to the "Bench Mob" that could stretch the floor. Singler would also mean a few extra minutes of rest for the overplayed Luol Deng and would give Thibodeau the option to have another shooter on the floor at the end of the game.
Another benefit is the Bulls could stay at pick 28 and probably still be able to land Singler.
The Butler star was a key reason for Butler's run this year but is expected to be taken at the very end of the first round for one reason.
He is good at everything, but not really great at anything.
That being said, he has a decent offensive repertoire and could add some scoring off the bench. His size is an issue though, at only 6'2'' he should be a point guard but does not have the necessary passing skills. As a result, he is a short shooting guard. At the very best, he would become a player similar to CJ Watson.
Mack could be available to the Bulls at the end of the first round, and no trades would be necessary.
Honeycutt is a very interesting prospect, to say the least. A big 6'8'' body with extreme athleticism, he could be the perfect player next to Derrick Rose. His athleticism helps him to be a very solid defender that could only get better with time. His effort and hustle are a vital part of his game, along with his drive to become better. That drive helped to improve his jump shot recently. While not at NBA level now, Honeycutt could become a decent shooter in the future.
Honeycutt could develop into an outstanding NBA player, but he could become a bust just as easily. Luckily for the Bulls, he should be available around pick 28 or 30.
A popular player and a fan favorite, the forward from Purdue is a talented prospect. He is extremely athletic and a terrific defender who will block several shots a game. At the same time, his inability to add an effective offensive game while at Purdue indicates he will most likely score on putbacks and easy finishes in the NBA. In the very best scenario, Johnson becomes a player very similar to Taj Gibson. In the worst case, he does not break into a rotation that includes Noah, Asik, Boozer and Gibson.
Johnson should be available when the Bulls pick in the first round and could even be available in the second round. However, Johnson will not get much playing time unless an injury occurs or a trade takes place.
Now I know I have used the words intriguing prospect already. I've also described players as extremely athletic.
Combine both and you get Bismack Biyombo.
A player from the Congo who has been playing in Spain, not much is known about him. As a result, he could go anywhere from the Top 10 to end of the first round. And if he is available, the Bulls should jump at the chance to add him.
At 6'9'', but with a 7'7'' wingspan, Biyombo is a shot blocker and defensive presence without a skilled offensive game. Think almost of a Serge Ibaka. Also a skilled offensive rebounder, he and Joakim Noah could easily combine to be the best offensive rebounding combo in the league.
Another potential benefit is his age, Biyombo is said to be 19 years old, and obviously would have a long career in front of him to develop. That being said, there is some doubt as to when he actually was born, and he could be older, or younger for that matter. Either way, his potential is limitless.
The Bulls could sit at pick No. 28 and draft Biyombo, or he could be gone by pick seven. He is by far the biggest wild card in this year's draft. But if he is available when the Bulls are on the clock, it would be foolish to pass up such potential. If he does play up to his potential, the Bulls could look to move Carlos Boozer
The second and final Duke product on this list, Nolan Smith is a combo guard who helped to carry the team after Kyrie Irving went down. He, like Singler, has experience playing in big games and at an extremely high level. That being said, he is also similar to Singler because of many negative aspects as well. While a good overall player, nothing Smith does is phenomenal.
Smith is a solid, but not spectacular athlete. Coupled with his 6'3'' size, he will never be a defensive anchor. In all likelihood, he could become a liability on defense. His size will also prevent him from becoming a shooting guard. At the very best, he could develop into a player very similar in role to CJ Watson.
Smith, in all likelihood, will be available when the Bulls are on the clock.
The big small forward from Florida, Parsons, is very big for a small forward at 6'10''. His size will actually allow him to play a little power forward if Coach Thibodeau decides to go for a better shooting lineup. Not only is Parsons a solid shooter, but he is athletic enough to put the ball on the floor to score in different ways.
His size will help his defense in the next level in slowing more athletic forwards, although don't expect him to keep up with LeBron James anytime soon. Parsons motor, or effort, has also been questioned at times, something that would not happen under Thibodeau. As mentioned with Singler, Parsons gives the Bulls another member for the "Bench Mob" that would help the team progress.
Parsons should be available when the Bulls pick.
Jenkins could very easily wind up being the steal of this draft. Easily one of the best scorers in college basketball, he flew under the radar while playing for Hofstra. He can and did light up the scoreboard, and there is little reason to think he won't do the same in the NBA.
Jenkins is in no way as athletic as Derrick Rose or Dwyane Wade, yet still manages to penetrate the lane consistently. He then converts or gets to the free-throw line on a regular basis. Jenkins can also shoot extremely well and provide another desperately needed shooter for the Bulls.
If Jenkins was 6'7'' and played at Duke, he easily could be a Top 10 or Top Five pick. That being said, he is only 6'3'' and flew under the radar for most of his career. His size will be a limitation as he would never be a starter on the Bulls, as he is too small to be a SG, and you know he won't start at point guard. At best, he would become a sixth man off the bench, and has the potential to be an outstanding late-round pickup. Due to their similarities and ability to score, Jenkins could be compared to recent NBA champion Jason Terry.
Jenkins should be available at picks 28 and 30.