1st, let me get my draft thoughts out the way. I'm happy with the results, the only thing I think we whiffed on was somehow finding a way to grab Charles Jenkins in the second round. We were told going in that they didn't expect 3 rookies, and we pretty much knew an international stash was coming. So we used a pick to move up and get probably the 2nd or 3rd best international prospect in this draft. And I'm of the opinion that Jimmy Butler surprises this season. Good draft for the future and now.
So we know we'll be waiting until after the lockout and new CBA is agreed upon, to see who the Bulls
will be starting at SG for 2011. This link has a list of potential FA SG this summer: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=20283
The draft has given us a couple clues into who that might be...
If you listened to or read any of the pre-draft or post-draft comments, a couple of things became apparent:
1) They want to keep this young team together.
2) They only want guys that are going to fit in with the existing team chemistry.
3) The moves are being made not only for next year, but the next YEARS.
4) Not only is our SG going to have to defend, but he's going to have to be able to defend SF at some points during the game.
I'll list out some potential targets and see if I can weed out candidates using what we learned. Let's say the Top 10 (no particular order) are:
1. OJ Mayo
2. JR Smith
3. Aaron Affalo
4. Courtney Lee
5. JR Richardson
6. Wilson Chandler
7. Jamal Crawford
8. Nick Young
9. Monta Ellis
10. Andre Iguodala
It has been emphasized again and again how Gar Paxsdorf wants to keep this young core together. To me that means no major moves involving Taj, Asik, Boozer, Noah, Deng, and of course DRose. So take Iggy, Monta, OJ, and Lee off the list.
I think it's important to keep the team relatively young and developing together, so that takes Richardson and Jamal off the list. They're both 30 plus.
That leaves us with Young, Chandler, Affalo, and JR. Take Affalo off, because there's no way Denver let's him walk. And as much as I'd hate to say it take JR off, unless he's learned his lesson and has matured, he does not fit team chemistry.
That leaves you with Young and Chandler. From what I've read, each is the gym rat type that Gar Paxsdorf likes, and are good locker room guys. Both restricted free agents, but I doubt either team would match a full MLE offer.
With Young you get great offense and developing defense, he reminds me of Paul Pierce
. He has the size to guard the SG and SF spots, but Thibs would definitely have to coach him up on that side of the court. Offensively, he's the exact player we're looking for. Can shoot, get to the rim, mid range game, handle the rock, he just needs consistency.
Chandler is the opposite side of the coin. Great on defense, can guard the SG, SF, and PF spots. Offensively, he's developing nice range and can handle enough to get a shot off, but he's inconsistent.
I wouldn't be upset to see either one signed to a long term deal.
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