With the draft lottery now set, the mock drafts for the 2016 NBA draft are coming in by the hour. Let's take a look at some of them, specifically concerning the Chicago Bulls first round pick. Our friends over at BrewHoop did something similar and in greater detail for the Milwaukee Bucks regarding mock drafts, you should check it out.
Sitting with the 14th pick, the draft experts are relatively split on what the Chicago Bulls should do. The Bulls are an interesting team considering they have a lot of holes to fill and need a starter or depth at any position. They really could take anyone and it would be a good fit. But ideally a point guard or a small forward should be in the works for Chicago. I looked at nine mock drafts by some of the top experts in the field and charted who they had Chicago taking in each of them.
|Draft Mocker||Bulls selection|
|Chad Ford - ESPN||Deyonta Davis|
|Kevin O'Connor - SBNation||Demetrius Jackson|
|Alex Kennedy - Basketball Insiders||Timothe Luwawu|
|Gary Parrish - CBS Sports||Tyler Ullis|
|Johnathan Givony - TheVertical/DraftExpress||Timothe Luwawu|
|Andrew Sharp - SI||Deyonta Davis|
|Scott Howard-Cooper - NBA.com||Furkan Korkmaz|
|Sean Deveney - Sporting News||Damontas Sabonis|
|Sam Vecenie - CBS Sports||Denzel Valentine|
As you can see by the table, the draft experts are pretty split on who they had Chicago taking at #14. Some like Ford and Sharp had Chicago taking a big man like Deyonta Davis, while O'Connor and Parrish had the Bulls taking point guards. The Bulls have also been linked to multiple international players, including French forward Timothe Luwawu, who is more of a mystery than a clear cut product. Chicago has a lot of options at #14.
One name surprisingly left off the list is Vanderbilt point guard Wade Baldwin IV. He is athletic, can play defense, and also can shoot from the outside. Ricky O'Donnell mentioned Baldwin IV in one of this top six players the Bulls should draft and talked about how good of a fit Baldwin would be.
If this chart tells us anything, it tells us two main things. First off, like I said earlier, Chicago has a ton of options. Although star impact players like Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons won't be on the board, Chicago can still get a solid player if they don't move their pick. They can take anyone from a point guard to a center, the options are endless. But it also shows that the Bulls have a lot of holes to fill on this team. With the exception of shooting guard (Jimmy Butler), there is no impact player at each starting position on the roster. The Bulls need a lot of help at mutliple positions. It will be interesting to see who they take and if the Bulls try and move up.