With the NBA Draft nearly a month away, the Chicago Bulls have a lot to think about since they have two first round picks this year. The Bulls currently own the 16th and 19th pick in the draft, and look to make some changes to their roster before the 2014-15 season.
Thus far, the team has met with several future rookies at the NBA Draft combine in Chicago and look to improve upon their 48 win season. However, it would be hard to fathom the Bulls actually using both first round picks in the draft. Head coach Tom Thibodeau generally doesn’t like playing rookies extended minutes—Jimmy Butler, Marquis Teague, and Tony Snell are all evidence of this—while the Bulls desperately need to add more players to the rotation now.
Unless if the Bulls can somehow acquire the services of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid, Thibodeau’s rookie rotation is unlikely to change anytime soon. And the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers are just as unlikely to handover a top three pick to the Bulls.
However, rather than have two first round rookies not getting any playing time, it is probably more conceivable to think the Bulls would be willing to trade the picks up for a better draft position. Better yet, they could also use the picks to acquire more veteran help off of the bench. Also, with the trade rumors heating up, packaging the picks in a deal for Kevin Love isn’t out of the question either.
It’s just difficult to envision the Bulls using both picks at 16 and 19 knowing that Thibodeau will not give meaningful minutes to the two rookies selected. The Bulls usually seem to find a way to stay active during the draft, and don’t expect that to change this year. It would be more surprising to see them stand pat and actually use both picks at this point.