The order for the 2013 NBA Draft is now set after last night's lottery, with the Cavaliers grabbing the No. 1 pick for the second time in three years. Most experts believe that they'll take Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, who's currently rehabbing from a torn ACL.
As for our Bulls, they will be selecting 20th in the the first round barring a trade. While taking the best player available is usually the way to go, there are a couple of specific positions I would like to see the Bulls focus on heading into the draft. Those would be center and shooting guard.
A new batch of mock drafts went up after the completion of the lottery, and the majority of them have the Bulls taking a big. Let's take a look at them:
|Mock Draft||Bulls' pick|
|SB Nation||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, SG|
|DraftExpress||Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C|
|NBA.com||Jeff Withey, Kansas, C|
|Sports Illustrated||Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C|
|CBS||Allen Crabbe, California, SG|
|NBADraft.net||Giannis Adetokoubo, Greece, SF/PF|
A few notes on each prospect listed:
Caldwell-Pope: An improved shooter who took over half of his shots last year from beyond the three-point line. Did get his numbers on a garbage Georgia team, but he has ideal size and athleticism for an NBA 2-guard. He would add a nice scoring punch to a team that needs it.
Dieng: A defensive monster who anchored the nation's top defense last year and helped lead Louisville to the national title. Has shown some improved offensive skills, including the ability to hit spot-up jumpers off pick-and-roll. He's already 23 and his ceiling may not be that high, but he seems to be a perfect backup to Joakim Noah, especially under the tutelage of Thibs.
Withey: Similar to Dieng in that he's an older prospect who may never be a star, but could be an excellent defensive backup. He was one of the best shot blockers in the country the past few years and is a legit 7-footer. His athleticism isn't that special, but he's mobile enough and could flourish in Thibs' system.
Adams: A physical specimen. He's a 7-footer with a 7'4 wing span that can jump well for a big man. However, he did struggle a bit in his one season at Pitt and is pretty raw. It would be tough for the Bulls to pass on him if he dropped this far simply because of his potential, but he might not be able to contribute right away.
Crabbe: Improved his stock immensely at the combine. Has good size, length and athleticism and is considered one of the best shooters in the draft. Like Caldwell-Pope, would provide some nice scoring/three-point shooting to a Bulls team that struggled in both areas this season.
Adetokoubo: The only thing I really know about this guy is that I've seen his name spelled like five different ways. He's a 6'9 forward who's currently just 18 years old and a guy who probably would be stashed in Europe for a few years a la Nikola Mirotic. Bulls could go this route if they don't want to add salary with a draft pick, but they really could use the immediate help.