Chicago is looking to improve on a season in which they won 62 games and finished with the best record in the league, but ultimately couldn't find enough offense to get past the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
They have last year's MVP and one of the most freakish athletes in the NBA starting at point guard in Derrick Rose, as well as among the league's best team defenses.
But scoring remains a key need going into next season. With the 28th and 30th picks in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Bulls have to be searching for players who can score.
Starting shooting guard Keith Bogans, an important defensive player, averaged only 4.4 points per game last season, so if a shooting guard with a good outside shot is available when the Bulls are selecting, they will probably jump on the pick.
The Bulls probably won't be able to address major long-term needs in this draft, but they can still find some players who could contribute off the bench.
Here's a look at some players the Bulls could consider with the 28th and 30th selections
Marshon Brooks SG Providence:
Brooks almost certainly won't be available at number 28, but if he hangs around he'd be the right choice. The second-highest scorer in college basketball last season, Brooks has the talent and the athleticism to make an impact right from the start. He'd have to alter his game somewhat to fit alongside Rose, but he could provide lots of points for an anemic offense. Brooks also has the size and athletic tools to become a good defender, especially with the tutelage of notoriously defense-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Trey Thompkins PF Georgia:
Thompkins could be a solid bench contributor for the Bulls while backing up Carlos Boozer. Thompkins has a solid midrange game, and with Rose drawing a lot of attention from defenses he could find himself open for easy jump shots. He's not the most athletic forward in the draft, but has improved his defense a lot which would endear him to coach Thibodeau.
Reggie Jackson PG/SG Boston College:
A combo guard who is one of the most physically impressive players in the draft, Jackson is remarkably athletic and a backcourt that has him playing with or behind Rose would be tough for defenses to handle. Jackson could be a backup point guard for Rose, but also has enough scoring talent and size to play alongside him.
Norris Cole PG Duke:
A solid point guard who was very capable at scoring himself as well as finding teammates for good looks, Cole would be an ideal backup for Rose. Cole would be excellent value at the 30thpick, and could crack the rotation as a rookie because of his tough defense, willingness to battle for rebounds, and ability to control the tempo of games.
In the second round with the 43rd pick the Bulls will probably just draft the best talent on the board.
The Bulls will likely draft a project with the realistic hopes of developing into a contributor at some point in the season.