Chicago Bulls Should Target Tyler Ennis in 2014 NBA Draft

By Kristen Fazio
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The Chicago Bulls would be smart to draft Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis and play him alongside Derrick Rose. The Bulls met with  Ennis at the NBA Draft Combine this past week and the freshman star believes he would be a good fit on an already talented Chicago roster.

Rose has missed the past two seasons with a torn ACL and most recently a torn meniscus. The former MVP takes a beating because of his style of play and would benefit from playing off the ball. It would by no means be a permanent move, but it is an option the Bulls are considering to keep their franchise player healthy.

Ennis has the ability to lead a team and distribute the basketball, but can also provide a scoring punch that the Bulls desperately need. While with the Orange, Ennis averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals, and is also a capable defender which is a must Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

What was also impressive at Syracuse is Ennis’ decision-making ability and having no fear when it came to the big moment. He hit a running 35-foot game-winning shot against Pittsburgh on Feb. 12 to keep Syracuse unbeaten and nearly hit a game-winner to knock off Dayton in the NCAA tournament.

It is unclear if veteran guard Kirk Hinrich or D.J. Augustin will return which would leave the Bulls in need of a backup point guard. Hinrich would likely have to accept a hometown discount and Augustin is expected to garner a lot of interest around the league after a breakout season.

The Bulls’ biggest weakness has undoubtedly been scoring. Ennis isn’t a prolific scorer, but can shoot off the dribble or catch and shoot and is a great outside shooter. Nothing he does is off the charts, but he is just a solid, all-around dependable player. Any pressure that he would be able to take off Rose, whether it be alongside him or as a backup point guard would be an added bonus.

There is no guarantee that Ennis will still be available when the Bulls pick at 16 (Chicago also picks at 19), but he would be an intriguing option for the Bulls and would add versatility to a lineup that will likely look very different in the 2014-15 season.

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