The Chicago Bulls have drafted very well late in the first round in recent years.
Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson have become excellent players and this year’s rookie, Tony Snell, has shown signs of being a contributor.
The Bulls will hope to find another gem (or two) in this year’s draft.
Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times believes Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott, along with Michigan State Spartans’ guard Gary Harris, Clemson Tigers’ forward K.J. McDaniels and UCLA Bruins’ guard Zach LaVine, could be good fits for the Bulls.
So who might be there for the taking? There’s no doubt the Bulls need insurance for often-injured guard Derrick Rose. The best-case scenario would be if Michigan State combo guard Gary Harris slid a bit, giving coach Tom Thibodeau a tough, defensive-minded, hardworking option at point guard.
Some other options: Creighton forward Doug McDermott (if the Bulls want to add scoring and sacrifice some defense), Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels and UCLA combo guard Zach LaVine.
According to Draft Express, McDermott is currently ranked as the 10th best prospect, Harris 15th, McDaniels 23rd and LaVine 34th. Draft Express’ latest mock has the Bulls taking Duke Blue Devils’ forward Rodney Hood with the 16th overall pick (from the Charlotte Bobcats) and UCLA Bruins’ forward Kyle Anderson with the 19th pick.