The Chicago Bulls will have the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. That became official on Friday afternoon when the Bulls won a coin flip against the Toronto Raptors for No. 19. The Raps will now pick at No. 20.
Bulls win draft tiebreaker with Raptors so they pick 16th from Bobcats and 19th with their own pick.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 18, 2014
The order for the draft lottery can be found here. Here's how the second half of the first round will shape up:
First round 15-30: ATL, CHI, BOS, PHX, CHI, TOR, OKC, MEM, Utah, CHA, HOU, MIA, PHX, LAC, OKC, SAS.— Caleb Nordgren (@chisportsguy41) April 18, 2014
So, what should the Bulls do in the first round? We will have plenty of more coverage on this as the draft gets closer -- and I'll be at the draft combine in May to get a first hand look at some of these dudes. From my perspective, the Bulls *have* to take a big man with one of those two picks after foolishly passing on Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng last year. The other pick should be allocated to help on the wings.
As you might be able to tell from the picture above, I really like Nik Stauskas. I'd guess he'll be there at No. 16, but then you might miss out on a big man. The center crop in this draft is not strong, particularly after Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein decided to return to school. That leaves Michigan State's Adreian Payne and international prospects Jusuf Nurkic and Clint Capela left as possible first round centers. We all know Payne is pretty good, but it'll be interesting to see how he measures. Is he big enough to play center? He might project more as a stretch four. With Nikola Mirotic likely coming over, the Bulls need a five, not a four.
There are plenty of other good wings aside from Stauskas, too. How about T.J. Warren? The man just gets buckets at such a high level, he'd be a big boost for this bench. Duke's Rodney Hood, former UNC guard P.J. Hairston, and maybe James Young from Kentucky could also be options.