By Sean Sarcu @seansarcu on June 23, 2014
The 2014 NBA Draft will be a very interesting one for the Chicago Bulls, with the team's picks depending in large part on the likelihood of signing Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls, presently owning two first-round selections, may trade both away to avoid taking on any rookie contracts. Regardless of the circumstances, here are 5 prospects that Chicago should consider that could conceivably be available if they trade up a few spots or stand pat.
The Bulls need shooting, and Adreian Payne would provide something the team hasn't had in the Tom Thibodeau era: a true stretch four. Payne hit 42.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 2013-14.
Saric has a high basketball IQ at both ends of the floor and is a good rebounder. His exemplary court vision could be very useful if he proved able to play as an NBA small forward. The Bulls run almost no isolation sets at all, so Saric's passing would fit in well.
Doug McDermott is one of the best pure scorers in the draft, and Chicago sorely needs offense. His shooting would provide some much-needed floor spacing, and Thibodeau surely could find ways to minimize McDermott's defensive issues.
Harris is a decent shooter, good ball handler and is one of the better defensive guards in the draft. He doesn't have quite the scoring potential the Bulls would find ideal for their offense-starved roster, but he would help to a degree and would fit in well to Thibodeau's defensive system immediately.
Nik Stauskas is the best shooter in the 2014 NBA Draft, and he is easily the best possible choice for the Bulls. He shot 44.2 percent from three and 47 percent from the field last season. Stauskas also proved to be a good facilitator, playing well at the point guard position and looking solid in pick-and-rolls as the primary ball handler. Thibodeau once masked Kyle Korver's defensive deficiencies, and he could do the same with Stauskas.
Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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