Looking at the Bulls' options in the 2009 NBA Draft
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Since our tagline ends with "along with the future stars of professional sports", it's probably about time there's some NBA draft coverage here. Others on the BlogsByFans Network have been all over it for months, led by Brian and Arin. Arin is going all out, mock drafting both rounds and breaking down every team. Over at DP, Brian's got a new crush, and this year it's Steph Curry. If nothing else, he's infinitely more likable than Kevin Love (who, I have to admit, was better than I thought he'd be as a rook). Make sure you check out both those sites over the next couple of days.
Our Bulls find themselves in a weird position heading into Thursday's draft. They have two first rounders (16 and 26) and it looks like they could go in any direction. It's hard to focus on the draft though when you have more important things looming. Ben Gordon's departure seems imminent, and no matter where you fall on the 'should they keep him or let him go?' debate, make no mistake that the Bulls are definitely a worse team without him next year. Gordon has obvious, well documented flaws, but to lose one of your best players to arguably your biggest rival for nothing still stings. Especially when he's only 26.
The other matter, of course, is the Bulls' eternal quest for a low post scorer. Maybe all the positive vibes flowing through Chicago sports right now have deformed my logic, but I honestly think it could/should happen this offseason. Who knows, maybe even before the draft?
Chris Bosh and Amare are still the two big fish, in that order. It looks like both could change places this offseason.
Bosh would just be a dream come true, and judging by these quotes from Raptors' GM Bryan Colangelo (HT: BaB, natch), it sure sounds like Bosh could go to the highest bidder. I'd love to see it happen without Noah, but if he has to go to make it work, I'd say go for it. The Bulls have been searching for a good big man for far too long, sometimes you need to give up more than you'd like to finally accomplish something (also see: Cutler, Jay). So yeah: if C-Bosh is available, go for it. With everyone and anyone not named Rose.
If a trade doesn't get done in the next couple days, the Bulls should still have some okay options in the draft. The latest rumors are that they could trade up to around 11, presumably targeting Pitt monster midget Dejaun Blair. Keeping both picks would be nice too, as they could add some young, cheap depth to a roster that has become a lot less deep since the start of last season.
Here are a few guys I wouldn't mind the Bulls taking.
PF Dejuan Blair - Pitt
What's to like: He'd add another badass to a Bulls front court already loaded with them. Blair is a sick rebounder and has a decent touch around the rim. He has drawn comparisons to Utah's Paul Millsap, which is cool. His game of the year came in February at UConn when he thrashed sure-fire top three pick Hasheem Thabeet for 22 points and 17 boards.
What's not to like: Here's what made that game against Thabeet so crazy: Thabeet has nine (!) inches on Blair. Thabeet isn't eight feet tall, either. Blair is 6'6. And a power forward. So yeah, he's way undersized. He also had the highest percentage of body fat of anyone at the combine, at a civilian-like 12 percent.
SG Gerald Henderson - Duke
What's to like: If (when) the Bulls lose Gordon, they could use a shooting guard. Henderson fits the bill. He reminds a lot of people of Richard Jefferson. He can do stuff like this:
What's not to like: Duke! (duh) Henderson's not great at 3's, either. He's a little undersized too at 6'4 or 6'5. After watching Gordon for years though, Henderson should look like Manute Bol.
PF Tyler Hansbrough - North Carolina
What's to like: It sounds dumb but....he's maybe one of the greatest college basketball players of all-time. He certainly had one of the best careers of anyone I've ever seen. As Matt from BaB argued when he took him in the SB Nation mock, Hansbrough has a high floor and should be ready to go right away (which is even more important if a trade for a star big happens). He's a safe bet to be average. In a (historically?) weak draft, that's not bad for pick 16.
What's not to like: Several things.
C BJ Mullins - Ohio State
What's to like: Taking a chance on a high upside big man with the 16th pick in a weak draft sounds like a pretty smart idea to me. According to his Twitter page, the Bulls reportedly gave Mullins a promise they'd take him at 16 if he were available.
What's not to like: Mullins was supposed to be a top three pick. He was a consensus top five (even No. 1 at many places) high school player entering college. His numbers at Ohio State were incredibly dissapointing: 9 points and four rebounds in just 20 minutes a night. If he couldn't compete in the Big 10, how is he supposed to compete in the NBA?
At the risk of this being 11 billion words, I'm going to cut it short here. More on the Bulls' options at 26 and, of course, my main man Ricky Rubio later in the week.
Very nice weekend for the Sox. The comeback against the Reds on Saturday might be the game of the season so far. Down 5-0 early, Gordon Beckham got the ball rolling with a three-run shot. Three others hit homers too, including....goddamn Scott Podsednik. Scotty Pods is now hitting a cool .319. Don't ask me. Beckham had a double, single, and walk in Sunday's win, too. Also on Sunday: Paul Konerko notched his 1,000th RBI and Mark Buehrle did his best Mark Buehrle impression. Next up: Dodgers then Cubs.