At the beginning of the season, we all had championship aspirations. Our god-child Derrick Rose was back and we had amassed a cast of characters that many believed could challenge Miami for the eastern conference throne. After a couple of games in, we all realized that being away from professional basketball that long will even make a player of Derrick Rose's caliber look Marquis Teague-esque. Ever after the rough start, there was still optimism since it was only a matter of time before Derrick would actually look recognizable againbut the Trailblazer game happen.
Fast-forwarding back to the present (my heart aches thinking about that game), The Bulls are in the 4th spot in the eastern conference playoff picture, overachieving again. Assuming these standings stick (lets hope the Bobcats stop winning every game and only win some one them), the Bulls would probably have two picks at 15 and 18. Let's look at some prospects in this range.
In a recent mock draft by BleacherReport, they have the Bulls selecting P.J. Hariston at 15 and Adreian Payne at 18. While I'm intrigued by Hariston, I am no fan of Payne at all. I feel that he excels at beating up little kids, which he won't face in the NBA. I think Hariston, on the other hand, would be interesting. He can shoot the three, put the ball on the floor and is a defender.
Other guys I like are:
- Zach LaVine - He can shoot the three and may be the most athletic person in the draft. He has tremendous upside but has shown little because of his limited play at UCLA. He is a risky selection but I think its a risk worth taking.
- Doug McDermott - He may have played his way out of our range but this guy can simple score the basketball. He has a decent post game and can shoot from ANYWHERE on the court. He isn't the most athletic and isn't a good defender because of it but he's a willing one.
- Jerami Grant - He is an athletic forward with a developing offensive game. He is undersized for the PF position but I believe he can become another Taj Gibson. He isn't a great defender now but I believe Thibs could turn him into one with his length.