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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Chicago Bulls’ Picks

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In the 2014 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls hold the No. 16, No. 19 and No. 49 overall picks. With their early picks they will be looking for two things: a proven scorer who can create his own shots and a power forward who can score the basketball. With their final selection they will be looking for someone who can score at will off of the bench.

With the No. 16 overall selection, Chicago should select Adreian Payne of the Michigan State Spartans. Payne played for four years with the Spartans and consistently got better every season. He’s very good defensively and should complement what the Bulls already possess. At 23 years old, he’s ready to play in the NBA almost immediately.

With the No. 19 overall selection, the Bulls should select Shabazz Napier of the Connecticut Huskies. Napier is exactly what Chicago needs off the bench. He’s confident, proven and shows no fear against teams and players assumed to be more talented than he is. Napier’s attitude and “clutch” ability helped lead the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA National Championship and will be crucial to a team at the next level.

With their final selection at No. 49, Chicago should select Jabari Brown of the Missouri Tigers. Missouri was somewhat unfairly left out of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as were several SEC teams, but that did not stop Brown from shining. Brown led the SEC in scoring by averaging around 20 points per game. What’s even more impressive was that he shot over 40 percent from three-point range, averaged over 45 percent from the field and maintained a free throw percentage of 80 percent. Brown is an offensive weapon which is just what the Bulls need to get them going next season.

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