The Chicago Bulls are looking for one thing with their pick(s) in this year’s NBA Draft. Scoring. The Bulls were statistically one of the leagues lowest scoring teams last season, partly due to the injury to superstar Derrick Rose and the departure of Luol Deng. However, because of these players not producing for the Bulls, other players were thrown into the starting lineup (Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavey), virtually eliminating the ability to rely on scoring from a depleted bench.
Though we expect the team to address this need with both the 16th and 19th picks in the upcoming draft, the possibility of trading up in the draft to get a lethal shooter is a strong possibility. In fact, the Bulls have reportedly already reached out to teams in order to move up in the first round.
A move like this would position the Bulls to draft a sharpshooter in either Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas. Both players are two of the better scoring guards in the draft and would certainly garner playing time with the Bulls next season coming off the bench. If the Bulls were to not trade up, it is likely that both Harris and Stauskas could be off the board by pick 16. Other potential prospects such as Doug McDermott, Elfrid Payton, or Zach LaVine could all still be on the board if the Bulls are able to trade up in the draft.
There’s a huge difference in drafting 10th/11th and drafting 16th. The Bulls need the best player they can get to add to a roster that could be poised for a championship run next season.
An additional reason the Bulls may be looking to package their picks together in a trade is that they would avoid having to pay an additional rookie this summer, leaving more cap room in order to sign a potential superstar or two. That reason alone should have Bulls fans hoping that the team is able to find a trade partner.