2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Chicago Bulls

5 First-Round Talents the Bulls Could Target

Shabazz Napier
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Following a painful first-round exit from the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the Chicago Bulls are headed for an offseason full of questions and roster moves. Luckily, having two first-round picks will make upgrading the roster a little easier. With the No. 16 and 19 picks, the Bulls will have every opportunity to find a couple of difference-makers – or move up and get an elite player.

Either way, here’s a look at five first-round options for the Bulls.

Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Tyler Ennis
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Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Tyler Ennis
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Unless Derrick Rose suddenly finds a way to stay healthy, the Bulls need a contingency plan in place at point guard. Ennis is one of the top point guards in the 2014 draft class, displaying excellent floor vision and leadership. Even if Rose does make a triumphant return to Chicago, Ennis can be a dynamic backup off the bench who can keep the former MVP’s legs fresh.

T.J. Warren, SF, NC State

T.J. Warren
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T.J. Warren, SF, NC State

T.J. Warren
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The Bulls’ defense was outstanding this past season, but they couldn’t create enough offense to stay competitive in the playoffs. While Joakim Noah showed the ability to be an offensive force, Chicago needs more firepower. Warren is a high-upside prospect who thrives with the ball in his hands. His jumper and outside shot still need some work, but his ability to get in the lane and score make him a risk worth taking.

Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

Zach LaVine
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Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

Zach LaVine
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If the Bulls decide to bolster the backcourt depth chart during the draft, a good option would be LaVine. The former Bruin can play both guard spots, and offers an intriguing mix of athleticism, speed and passing ability. There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding LaVine following an up-and-down freshman year at UCLA, but the potential is there for him to develop into an outstanding sixth man.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Aaron Gordon
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Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Aaron Gordon
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With the team likely to move on from Carlos Boozer this offseason, the Bulls could opt to spend one of their first-round picks on a power forward. If he’s still available when they’re finally on the clock, Gordon would be an excellent addition. The big, athletic Arizona product is a tenacious, high-energy player whose ceiling is as high as anyone available during the 2014 NBA Draft.

Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier
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Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier
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If the Bulls are looking for a difference-maker who can potentially replace Rose, Napier should be that guy. Not only is he a tenacious defender, electric scorer and vocal leader, but he offers the type of clutch that’s hard to find at any level of basketball. Rose can no longer be relied upon, but Napier could certainly be a dependable point guard who helps bring some balance back to the Bulls’ lineup.

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