The NBA Draft is finally here.
The Bulls have two First Round draft picks at No. 28 and No. 30. The club also has the 43rd pick, which can turn out to be something special if they're lucky.
With Derrick Rose on the team, expectations will be high next season for Chicago. The Bulls will need to add to an already solid roster as the Heat, Celtics, and Knicks try to make major pushes to go to the Finals.
Draft day has had mixed results for the Bulls over the years. Some of the bad picks include: taking Marcus Fizer with the fourth pick in 2000, trading LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas, and drafting Rodney Carney over Rajon Rondo.
But there have been far more successes. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Ben Gordon were all excellent picks.
This is a weak draft and most NBA general managers are aware of that, but the Bulls may still be able to land some quality players should they choose to hold onto their picks.
Here's a look at who they might draft:
- JaJaun Johnson, Purdue. Perhaps the most under-rated player in the draft, the Pacers will likely pursue the Indianapolis native along with other Midwest teams. Johnson is a lean and athletic forward with great awareness in the open court, and is raved about for his maturity.
- Kyle Singler, Duke. A smart player with a winning attitude, Singler could be a valuable bench player and outside shooter. He needs to work on his athleticism, but he can emerge as a quality wing for a team that might need shooters at 6'9 to spread the court.
- Davis Bertans, Latvia. A lanky 6'10 forward with a smooth outside shot, Bertans a lot of potential as a 19-year-old scorer. He has a lot to learn, and needs to put on weight, but the talent is there.
- Josh Selby, Kansas. Hard to say where Selby will land, but this sharpshooter has his suitors. He can penetrate and has a good frame for a combo guard. With only one year of college basketball under his belt, he has a great deal of potential.
- Nikola Mirotic, Montenegro. Smart big man with big game experience having played with Spanish power Barcelona. At 6'10, Mirotic has good touch and a lot of mobility.
- Justin Harper, Richmond. An athletic power forward, Harper has a well-developed offensive game. Harper needs to work on his defense, but he can shoot and plays smart.
- Chandler Parsons, Florida. This 6'10 small forward has a pure shooting stroke, despite not actively looking for his shot. One of the smarter players in the draft, Parsons has a good chance of finding playing time because of his court awareness.
- Shelvin Mack, Butler. A dynamic scorer, Mack has compensates for his athletic deficiencies by playing with grit, and knocking down tough shots. Mack can perhaps be a combo guard in the NBA.
Like every team in the NBA, the Bulls could use a stronger bench. There are plenty of options to bolster their reserves with this year's draft class.