Jimmer Fredette and the 15 Best Prospects for the Chicago Bulls
Oh wait, that was last year.
Yes, it's days like these that make me long for the "Summer of LeBron." As melodramatic, over the top, cheesy and ridiculous as last summer was, the anticipation and excitement that the historic free agency period brought simply wasn't going to be matched this summer. Throw in a weak draft class and a couple of late first round picks, and this summer is looking like a snooze for the Bulls.
But as Lee Corso overly says, "Not so fast my friend."
While the additions the Bulls make this offseason won't be of the sexy variety (unless a certain "Big Sexy" is re-signed) there is still the opportunity to acquire a quality rotational player with either the 28th or 30th picks overall in the first round.
Similarly, as when the Bulls possessed the 16th and 26th picks in the 2009 draft, the chances are the Bulls will acquire one solid role player and one really good karate kid. The deeper in the draft, the more the crap shoot.
The Bulls seem intent on keeping both first round picks and have held draft workouts of up to 30 players.
Not having the luxury of having their pick of the lot, much of the Bulls' success in this draft will be determined by 28 other teams who draft ahead of them.
With that in mind here's the best 15 prospects for the Chicago Bulls.
15. Malcolm Lee
Malcolm Lee. O.K. so we aren't off to a flying start here.
Lee was a solid player at UCLA averaging 13 points per game on 43 percent shooting and showed the ability to get to the rim and finish. What Lee didn't show was any proficiency with his jumper. An encouraging sign of improvement from Lee comes from this video, in which Lee talkes about his new jump shot form.
If Lee's jump shot comes around, he could be a solid pick for the Bulls at pick No. 30 or even 43.
14. Kyle Singler
Well that's about the only plausible reason I could see the Bulls taking Singler at No. 28 or 30.
The idea of Singler is probably much better than the player himself. A tall, physical, smart, solid shooting small forward who could spell Luol Deng 10 to 15 minutes per game. The reality is Singler didn't shoot the ball well at Duke, 32 percent, and confirmed his lack of athleticism at the NBA draft combine.
If at pick No. 30 the Bulls are left without many options, Singler could be brought in, but he'll have a long way to go until he can be an effective NBA player.
13. Nikola Mirotic
Omer Asik: Part II?
Twenty-year-old 6'10", 7-foot wing-spanned Nikola Mirotic could be an option for the Bulls at pick No. 30, as he has scored, rebounded and defended at a high level against the best competition in the world this side of the NBA.
Suiting up for Real Madrid, Mirotic put up impressive per 40 minute averages of 21 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in the very impressive Euroleague.
According to Draftexpress.com, Mirotic features "a jump hook, a pretty floater and an elegant scoop-shot off the glass." They later go on to discuss Mirotic's unusual toughness, at least for a European big man, and sound fundamentals that never leave him out of position defensively.
While the Bulls already have Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah and the aforementioned Asik, Mirotic could be drafted as insurance, if the Bulls were to package one of their big men in any potential trades.
Mirotic would likely stay in Spain for a couple of seasons, but as Omer Asik proved this season, it may be worth the wait.
12. Tyler Honeycutt
Tyler Honeycutt has been one of the more interesting names in the draft just because nobody can seem to decide on where he will land.
In my scrolls through NBA mock drafts, I've seen Honeycutt as high as No. 20 and I've seen him out of the first round completely.
If the UCLA swingman were to fall to the Bulls at 28, the Bulls could be tempted to draft the versatile guard/forward who has shown the ability to play the 1, 2 and 3.
While Honeycutt was never a great collegiate scorer, some of that could be attritbuted to Ben Howlen's system. Honeycutt has picture-perfect form on his jump shot and should develop into a very good shooter down the road.
In the best case scenario, the Bulls select Honeycutt and he becomes the long wing-spanned, tall, solid perimeter defender and knockdown shooter, backcourt mate of Derrick Rose for years to come. The alternative, Honeycutt is a versatile role player who can defend and handle the ball.
Not too bad either way.
11. Chandler Parsons
One of the more versatile players in this year's draft, Chandler Parsons could be an interesting option for the Bulls with the 30th pick overall.
Standing 6'10" and 220 pounds Parson's shooting, rebounding, passing and surprising athleticism could prove to be a plus for the Bulls as a potential back up to Loul Deng, who seemed to run into a wall after playing close to 40 minutes per night last season.
Parson has performed very well during his pre-draft workouts and, according to ESPN.com's Chad Ford, held his own against Indiana's Paul George in two-on-two workouts. Bulls fans will remember the great defensive prowess George showed in guarding Derrick Rose in the first round of the playoffs.
While Parsons was viewed as a slight disappointment at Florida, because he never became an elite scorer, his versatility and court sense could be a solid addition for the Bulls.
10. Jeremy Tyler
When you have a late first round pick, there are no sure things and risk becomes minimized.
At No. 28 the Bulls could hit gold with the selection of 19-year-old Jeremy Tyler.
Tyler, who dropped out of school following his junior year of high school (yes he out "Jenning"ed Brandon Jennings), has been playing overseas for Israel's Maccabi Haifa. As was the case with Brandon Jennings, Tyler struggled during his stay overseas and went from a top high school prospect to a fringe first round draft pick.
But all the tools that placed Tyler in the position to play overseas at the age of 19 are still there to make him an extreamly interesting prospect, especially given the low draft spot in which the Bulls may be able to select Tyler.
Issues of immaturity and laziness have been raised in regards to Tyler and that simply won't work in Chicago with Tom Thibodeau. But if the Bulls feel comfortable enough with Tyler, the person, drafting him at No. 28 might not be all that great a risk.
9. Josh Selby
Josh Selby is one of the most disappointing one-and-doners in the history of college basketball (Jereme Richmond might have something to say about who was more disappointing), but this is the NBA draft and potential reigns supreme.
Touted as one of the top players in the nation coming out of high school, Selby struggled to find a rhythm with Kansas, first being suspended the opening nine games and later injuring his foot, effectively draining the draft stock of the 6'2" guard.
Selby has shown flashes of what made him one of the most recruited players in the nation during pre-draft workouts, showing a smooth touch from the outside and explosive offensive talent.
The first name that jumps in my mind when I think of Selby is Ben Gordon.
Even though he has struggled in Detroit, the Ben Gordon fan club has stayed relativly intact in Chicago. A quick check of any Chicago Bulls message board would show hordes of fans clamoring for the return of the 2k version of Vinnie Johnson.
The chances of Gordon returning are slim to none, but Selby with his streaky shooting and instant offense abilities could provide the Bulls with the other perimeter scorer opposite Derrick Rose they so desperately needed in the Eastern Conference Finals.
8. Justin Harper
Desperate for outside shooting the Bulls could look to the 28th overall pick in Justin Harper of Richmond.
Harper was a 44 percent shooter from distance last season, and his lanky frame drew comparisons to Channing Frye.
The selection of Harper would almost certainty signal to the trade of a current big man on the roster. If the Bulls value the outside shooting of Harper over the rebounding and shot blocking of Taj Gibson, the third-year forward out of USC could be shipped in exchange for an answer at two guard.
7. Charles Jenkins
If he were two of three inches taller, Charles Jenkins whole life may have been different.
Instead of playing in near obscurity at Hofstra University, the 6'2", Jenkins may have found himself at a power conference school. With just a few more inches, Jenkins might even be a lottery pick.
Charles Jenkins was one of the most efficient players in college basketball last year shooting over 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from three, while distributing the ball well and getting to the free throw line.
While Jenkins lacks the size of a prototypical NBA two guard, he has great upper body strength and showed the ability to defend bigger players in college.
With his ball handling ability and shooting touch, Charles Jenkins could fit in very well next to Derrick Rose.
6. Nolan Smith
Nolan Smith is a proven winner and defender, but last year also proved to have playmaking ability.
For about a three-month stretch Nolan Smith was arguably the best player in college basketball routinely scoring upwards of 30 points, while racking up six to seven assists.
While Smith likely won't factor in much as a scorer in the NBA, his ball-handling and playmaking are all assets he'll bring to the Bulls with his plus athleticism.
Smith should also be a premiere defender in the back court, and with a possible combination of Derrick Rose and Nolan Smith, you have a very explosive combo.
5. Shelvin Mack
He of Butler fame, Shelvin Mack could be staying in the Midwest as it seems very likely the Chicago Bulls will be drafting the 6'2" combo guard.
While Mack didn't do himself any favors, nor did Butler or Georgetown do humanity any favors, with his 4-15 shooting, including 4-11 from the three-point line, performance in the National Championship game, Mack has other wise proven to be a very solid scorer and playmaker.
Mack did very well for himself at the combine showing off a 39-inch vertical, proving he has the athleticism to go along with the experience needed to possibly contribute right away for a championship contender like the Bulls.
4. Reggie Jackson
It became apparent in the series versus the Miami Heat that the Chicago Bulls needed more ball handlers. That's where Reggie Jackson steps in.
While being called Mr. October in basketball would equate to being the king of the preseason, this Reggie Jackson could be a great option moving forward for the Bulls. Jackson is an excellent ball handler, with a quick first step and is an adequate shooter.
When Derrick Rose sits down, the Bulls need somewhere who can create off the dribble for himselves, as well as the rest of his teammates. With Jackson's excellent first step and court vision he would fill that role superbly also.
The 6'3" Jackson was also somehow measured to have a 7'0 wingspan.
I'd draft him just for that.
3. Trey Thompkins
With all the complaining Chicago Bulls fans have done about Carlos Boozer, let's be honest, the Bulls had no other consistent back-to-the-basket threat last year. Hate him or not, the Bulls needed Carlos Boozer to play well; sitting him was not an option.
While I am still a believer in Carlos Boozer, Trey Tompkins could be drafted at No. 28 as a future solution to the Bulls interior scoring porblems. Thompkins scored 16 points per game, while grabbing eight rebounds per game. Thompkin has also shown the ability to block shots.
So if Bulls fans want Carlos Boozer gone, Trey Thompkins could be the first sign of a signaling that.
2. Marshon Brooks
If Marshon Brooks were some how able to fall to the Chicago Bulls at 28, there would be collective back flips occurring at the Berto Center.
Brooks is a big time scorer, athlete and scorer... did I say that already?
The bottom line is the Bulls need scoring big time. While Brooks isn't a great shooter and in college tended to be a bit of a black hole, the most important thing is he finds a way to score.
If Brooks slips to Chicago, it will be a very happy draft day in Chicago.
Jimmer Fredette or $3 Million
O.K so remember what I said about what would happen at the Berto Center in Chicago, Illinois, if Marshon Brooks slipped to No. 28? Well take that reaction and multiple it by 1,000 if Mr. Jimmer Fredette somehow slips to Chicago at 28.
The chances of that are about as slim as any chance of anything ever has been.
So what would be the best option for the Bulls in this upcoming draft.
Well with a roster virtually championship built and constructed of mostly younger players, the last thing the Bulls need is a late round, inexperienced college player.
Monday afternoon rumors started swirling that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat were looking to move into the first round of the draft and we're offering $3 million to do so.
So that's my suggestion to GarPax.
Take the money and run.