TheMoon's Bulls Draft Preview: Players to trade up for - Dion Waiters, Troy Wroten

Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here. Here are a couple of players we want (that is, one definitely and one maybe), but would have to move up for.

Between Rip, Korver, Ronnie and the 1st, the Bulls could be able to offer Minnesota something to move to #18 since they are looking to make the playoffs next year and need immediate help on the wing. (Credit goes to BasketballSmurf for the idea.)

And if you don't think it's worth it to move up, read this article and also this article:

1. DION WAITERS (SG, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, SOPHOMORE)

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Dion-Waiters-5738/stats/

http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/dion-waiters-1.html

This is the guy right here. This is the player the Bulls really have to get, and the reasons are a follows:

1) They aren't competing for a title until 2013 at best, so their good role players should be used to get more long term talent.

2) Waiters is a lotto pick caliber talent. Usually you say this of a guy who has physical ability but hasn't done anything on the court yet. Waiters isn't like that. He's a bona fide lotto pick slated to go 20th for some reason.

3) You do not get many opportunities to grab young lottery players. The Bulls did well in this regard getting Mirotic, who was undervalued because of his buyout situation. If I am GarPax I am working the phones like crazy trying to move up. This is how you surround Rose with talent, and not just role players.

Here's a comparison between Waiters' sophomore season and Ben Gordon's junior season:

PTS RBS AST/TO 2pt% 3pt% STLS BLKS PER
Dion Waiters 21.2 3.9 1.92 52.9 36.3 3 0.5 26.1
Ben Gordon 20.8 5.3 1.63 43.4 43.3 1.5 0.2 23.4

Better in virtually every way, and younger. Here's a comparison between Waiters' sophomore and Jason Terry's senior season (numbers per40 not pace adjusted):

PTS RBS AST/TO 2pt% 3pt% STLS BLKS
Dion Waiters 21 3.8 1.92 52.9 36.3 3 0.5
Jason Terry 22.9 3.5 1.33 47.3 39.8 2.9 0.22

Quite comparable, and two years younger.

Waiters' season was as good or better than the best Randy Foye put up as well. These guys were top 10 picks, and this is a lousy draft. Again: I have no idea why Waiters is going so low since he was a defensive wrecking ball who scored like a lottery pick. Is it because he's a little short? But his stl, blk and 2pt% indicate he's an NBA caliber athlete, and it's not like he has Jerryd Bayless arms. Here are a couple highlight videos:

Dion Waiters Highlight Mix (via swishscout)

Dion Waiters Scouting Video - NBA Draft Insider (via nbadraftinsider)

2. TONY WROTEN (PG/SG, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, FRESHMAN)

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Tony-Wroten-5250/stats/

http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/tony-wroten-1.html

The 6'7'' Wroten has drawn comparison to Tyreke Evans with his length and versatility. While I understand the comparison, and even think it extends to playing style, athleticism, finishing moves around the rim (all compliments), and shooting ability (not a compliment), it's pretty clear that Evans was a vastly superior prospect:

PTS RBS AST/TO 2pt% 3pt% STLS BLKS PER
Tony Wroten 19.7 6.2 0.98 48.3 16.1 2.3 0.5 20.2
Tyreke Evans 23.6 7.4 1.08 51.4 27.4 2.9 1.1 25.7

So what does Tyreke Evans-lite look like as a player? I have no idea really, which is why It seems a little more reasonable to compare Wroten to the following players:

PTS RBS AST/TO 2pt% 3pt% STLS BLKS PER
Tony Wroten (Fr.) 19.7 6.2 0.98 48.3 16.1 2.3 0.5 20.2
Marquis Daniels (Jr.) 15.7 7.2 1.17 47 35.5 2.6 0.3 18.1
Jrue Holiday (Fr.) 13 5.6 1.72 52.8 30.7 2.4 0.8 18.4

Of course he also has a little in common with this guy:

PTS RBS AST/TO 2pt% 3pt% STLS BLKS PER
Tony Wroten (Fr.) 19.7 6.2 0.98 48.3 16.1 2.3 0.5 20.2
Julius Hodge (Fr.) 15.6 7.1 1.16 49.7 34.7 1.4 0.4 18.2

So what is the argument for moving up to get Wroten?

1) High Upside. If he learns to shoot, he becomes a really good player.

2) Versatility. He basically plays 3 positions.

3) He gives the Bulls play-making on the wing. Wroten doesn't just make plays for others, he also gets to the line 9.2 times per40PA.

Is this compelling? To be honest, probably not. I want the guy because I really like watching him play and I just see potential when I look at him. But I think realistically he becomes a Terrence Williams-type player, maybe a little better, who becomes a journeyman in the NBA. It would be tough, but I think in the end I'd probably pass. As long as I haven't watched these videos recently:

Tony Wroten Highlight Mix (via swishscout)

Tony Wroten Jr. Highlights from the Jordan Brand Classic (via HuskyHaul)

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