You might say that with the 22nd overall pick the Bulls do not have much chance of landing a great player. Before you think this is the case, remember that Jimmy Butler, an all-star in 2014-2015, was taken with the 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Monta Ellis was drafted by the Warriors with the 40th pick in 2005, Kyle Korver was taken with the 51st overall pick in 2003 and the Suns’ Isaiah Thomas was taken with the last pick in the draft, the 60th pick in 2011. The before listed players are excellent players, even all stars. Each player makes a significant impact to their respective teams. With the 22nd pick, it seems that the Bulls should have no problem in acquiring a top talent in this year’s draft. It all depends on how they play their cards.
Who the Bulls should target:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF, Arizona:
Certainly one of the most athletic and promising players in the 2015 draft class, Hollis-Jefferson offers a unique blend of athleticism and skill that is a perfect fit for the Bulls’ roster. Standing at 6’7” with a 7’2” wingspan, Hollis-Jefferson is the best defender on the draft board and will be able to produce at the defensive end of the floor immediately. The biggest knock against Hollis-Jefferson is his 3-point shooting, which, at 20.7% last season, leaves a lot to be desired. Despite his lack of shooting ability, Hollis-Jefferson has a work ethic that every team is looking for in an aspiring talent. Discussing his responses to questions he received while at the NBA combine, Jefferson stated “They ask me what type of kid am I. What type of people I have around me? What can I bring to the table? What can I bring them as a whole, not just as a basketball player? Honestly, I tell them (to) expect an A-plus guy. One who's going to work hard... I'm really passionate about the game.” If he’s willing to work hard, I can bet that he’ll become a great two-way player in the NBA in the future, with the ability to contribute at a high level defensively as a rookie.
Justin Anderson SF, Virginia:
Justin Anderson is another guy who figures to contribute right out of the gate defensively. However, Anderson also has the ability to produce efficiently offensively as well. In his final collegiate season, Anderson shot an astounding 45.2% from beyond the arc. The Bulls are in desperate need of floor spacers and Justin Anderson seems to be able to instantly fix that problem in his rookie season. Anderson brings to the table exactly what the Bulls need in a 3-and-D player: floor spacing and another lock-down defender to pair with Jimmy Butler. With Anderson on the roster, the Bulls would have arguably the best defensive wings in the league without sacrificing offensive firepower. If Justin Anderson is still on the board at the 22nd pick, the Bulls should be ecstatic to have such a steal, and so should you.
RJ Hunter SG, Georgia State:
Over the past few seasons, the Bulls have had their share of offensive struggles. With this in mind, we turn to Georgia State’s RJ Hunter, an intriguing talent who you may remember knocked off Baylor in this year’s NCAA tournament (yes, HE’S the guy who busted your bracket). As a Junior, Hunter averaged a whopping 19.7 ppg and a solid 3.6 apg while still contributing defensively with 2.1 spg. If the Bulls decide to draft Hunter, he will instantly improve their offensive efficiency and offensive rating per 100 possessions. He also would do this while contributing defensively. Hunter is a player with deep 3-point range and the rare ability to produce on both sides of the ball straight out of college. We can only hope that he’s still on the board when it’s our turn to pick.