Preview for Bulls on NBA draft

Tomorrow is the 2009 NBA draft. The Chicago Bulls have two picks in the draft; both are in the first round. The Chicago Bulls currently have the 16th and 26th pick. The 16th pick was the Bulls original pick. They acquired the number 26 pick when they traded Thabo Sefolosha to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the first-round pick on February 19th. This 26th pick originally belonged to the Denver Nuggets.

This years draft is pretty thin. That is why many people including myself wonder if the Bulls will try to trade up for a better pick. There are a handful of players the Bulls are supposedly eyeing, many whom they may not be able to get with their 16th and 24th pick. It is hard to speculate who the Bulls may draft, because there are still many decisions the Bulls need to make this off season. Will they pick the best available player in their opinion or will they go after a need? They obviously have an idea on what direction they want to go this offseason, we the public just don’t know.

Here are a few of the players the Bulls are looking at:

Jeff Teague- He just finished his sophomore year at Wake Forest averaging 18.8 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game. He is a good scorer who still is trying to establish himself as a point guard.

Eric Maynor-He averaged 22.4 points, 6.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game and is another point guard.

James Johnson- He averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last year. He is a swing man who should be able to play the two and three.

Wayne Ellington- He is another swing man who is supposedly one of the best pure shooters in the draft.

Gerald Henderson- He was a first team All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament team who can also play the two and three.

These are just a few players the Bulls seem to be targeting. It appears they are looking closely at point guards to back up Rose and shooters to back up the two and three. The Bulls should start Salmons with Deng next year so they also seem to be targeting a shooter to give them a break. Gerald Henderson seems so be high on the Bulls list. If he is there I expect them to take him.