More of an open question than true basketball discussion, which of your former favorite college basketball players should the Bulls target? We all have our favorite college players, many of whom's games just doesn't translate to the NBA. Instead, they live out their years warming the bench, playing overseas, or in the D-league. View this as an opportunity for the Bulls to extend a roster spot to your old favorites, who do you choose for those 11th and 12th roster spots? This is part fantasy, so if your favorite player is currently under contract for another team, or they simply don't have the talent, don't worry! Also, feel free to elaborate on why they are a favorite, and what they offer.
I went to Cal, therefore my favorite three college players are former golden bears.
1) Jerome Randle. Extremely short, lightning quick undrafted point guard originally from Chicago, with a deadly distance shot, good handle, and above average passing. He would spread the floor, can run an offense, and be a change of pace guard. His size limits his NBA potential. He is listed at 5'-10" 160, but 5'-10" seems generous. Randle's size would be a defensive liability, while limiting his ability to pass out of traffic, and potential impairing the number of clean looks he receives. Nonetheless, Randle is an excellent shooter, consistently hitting big shots, five to six feet behind the 3 point line. Currently, he is playing for Orlando's summer team, but with Orlando signing Duhon, he will probably not make the preseason roster. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn4HISB3vk0
2) Leon Powe. The dude was a beast of a power forward in college. He has extreme upper body strength, and good footwork allowing for excellent post play. His strength and positioning allowed him to overcome being a mere 6'-8" during college, but limits him the NBA. In the semi-finals of the 2006 Pac-10 tournament (y'know when the Pac-10 was good at basketball), he dropped 40/20 on Oregon. After college he was drafted in the second round by the Celtics, and had a few good games here and there, but nothing consistent. He is most noted for his 20 point outburst against the Lakers in the 08 finals. Currently, he is rotting on the Cavs bench. He won't be a starter in the NBA because he is very short for the power game he plays, and most teams are worried (rightly) about the double ACL surgery he underwent after his freshman year in college, and the fact he succumbed to a third ACL injury a few years ago with the Celtics. He still has a good post game, and if matched up against other team's backup power forward, he should score consistently. He never became a good passer out of the post, and he also needs a lot of space to operate, so his points really don't come within the flow of the offense. His height also makes him a below average rebounder and defender against NBA talent. With a 10-12 type player, you can't hope for a good, well-rounded player, instead hope they can contribute something. Powe can contribute something, a situational post game. I couldn't find any good college highlights so here is one from last season with the Cavs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWAoVPake-U.
3) Ryan Anderson: The only one of my three to have legit NBA talent, he is a 6'-10" PF with good range. He has a place in the NBA as a back-up floor spreading power forward. Though he shoots well, he doesn't excel in any other facet of the game, and lacks overall athleticsim. Hence, why he'll never make it as a starter. Some highlights from last year: http://vimeo.com/7857942
Anderson's my least favorite of the three. I like Randle's blazing speed, and I tend to root for underdogs (which is his size annoits him). Powe is an all-around good guy with a great human interest story (as documented here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gunuRcWWlRM), and I admired his tough interior game.
Anyway, these are my favorite three former collegiate players, I'd love to see the Bulls fill out their bench with. Who are yours?