Chicago Bulls | Last Season: 50-16 (RIP Derrick Rose’s ACL) | Draft Picks: 29
Season Summary: Oh what might have been. The Bulls playoff run ended before it could begin, thanks to Derrick Rose tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the playoffs. The Bulls ended up falling to the 76ers in six games and many were left to wonder what they would have done if they played the Chris Bosh-less Heat. They were also wondering the quickest way to get Carlos Boozer’s salary off the cap, but that is neither here nor there. It certainly was disappointing and it raises a bunch of questions for the future.
Draft Needs: A knockdown shooter or a guy who can create his own shot. This has Will Barton or Orlando Johnson all over it. Both guys can shoot, while Barton can get to the rack. They could also draft Draymond Green in order to help the depth that they are going to lose. Don’t be shocked if they trade back into the 2nd round or ship out Luol Deng for a lottery pick.
Pick #29: Marquis Teague | PG | Kentucky
Marquis Teague will bring his championship pedigree to the Chicago Bulls. He’s an explosive point guard with a high motor who can get to the rim and create for his teammates. Since Rose is out, you’re likely going to see Teague play some significant minutes next year. He needs to improve his jump shot and get stronger for the NBA game, and that is going to take some time. Teague will definitely go through some growing pains before his game develops.
2012-2013 Outlook: This is a lost season for the Chicago Bulls. Rose won’t be back until the All-Star break, Deng is out until December if he’s not traded, and Carlos Boozer is still putting up regular season stats. The team could blow everything up or they could stand pat and hope to make moves. They should make the playoffs and could surprise a high seed with Rose’s return, but a title is not likely.
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