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My Bulls Dream Draft Day

The NBA Draft is coming up on Thursday and the Bulls have two first round picks, the 16th and 26th. Seeing as though my college team is the North Carolina Tar Heels I’m always rooting for the Bulls to draft players from Michael Jordan’s alma mater. Two years ago when the Bulls had the ninth pick the last player I wanted was the one the Bulls drafted, Joakim Noah. I was hoping Brandon Wright would still be available but of course he went one pick ahead at 8 to the Charlotte Bobcats. Looks like the Bulls made out on that pick so far.

This year I would like to see an all baby blue draft. The selections I have in mind for the Bulls will fill two needs and fit the criteria of players the Bulls typically draft. These players played on this year’s National Championship Tar Heels team. One has been a college phenom all four years and broke many long standing records in the ACC. The other player has continued to get better in each of his three years at UNC. He went from a one-dimensional player to the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament this year.

At 16 the Bulls should take college legend Tyler Hansbrough. Although Hansbrough is likely to not become a superstar, he is exactly what the Bulls need. To build off last year’s playoff run the Bulls need some solid role players. Hansbrough measured up better than expected physically and is surprising scouts with his workouts. He has impressed so much that there is talk of him going 11 to the Nets. He would bring the Bulls relentless energy off the bench. He has the mid-range game that Tyrus Thomas thinks he has. As unorthodox as his post game might look he finds a way to put the ball in the bucket with those hook-push shots. Hansbrough has a knack for getting to the free throw line where he converts on more than 80 percent of his attempts. He will push the other Bulls players in practice. Whatever the coaches tell him he needs to work on he will. Hansbrough will come into the league with a chip on his shoulder. He has a desire to prove his critics wrong. If Hansbrough is available at 16 I hope the Bulls continue to go with their recent formula. A guy who’s coming into the league determined, already seems to have a never ending motor and is a proven winner is a guy I would like on my team.

With the 26th pick I would like to see the Bulls draft someone to replace Ben Gordon who the Bulls should not resign as I said earlier. The replacement should resemble Gordon. The selection should be Wayne Ellington. He is a sharp shooter from the outside. He has more size than Gordon and is a better defender and rebounder. He knew what he needed to work on after withdrawing from last year’s draft. He improved in nearly every statistical category from his sophomore year to his junior year. He also improved his defense which was one of the knocks on him from a year ago. He has that same clutch factor that Gordon has. At UNC he hit big shot after big shot. Granted he won’t be able to fill Gordon’s shoes right away he would be a nice scoring option off the bench.

If the Bulls do go the Carolina route it’ll allow John Salmons to start at the two guard and Hinrich to back-up Rose and Salmons. Hansbrough and Ellington would bring energy off the bench with Miller and Hinrich. This would be a nice nine player rotation that includes Deng returning to the starting small forward spot. I know this is an unlikely situation but it’s fun to hope it’ll happen.

-Matt Fox

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