With the Bulls’ window for a championship quickly growing smaller and smaller, it is essential for the Bulls’ front office to draft a player who will make an immediate impact. As they stand, the Bulls have the pieces to compete for a championship, however not for long. Joakim Noah continues to age and is now 30 years old. The former Defensive Player of the Year saw his numbers drop across the board during the 2014-2015 NBA season. This season he averaged 9.6 points and 9.5 rebounds, his lowest season averages since the 2009-2010 campaign. Not to mention Pau Gasol, who next year will enter the season at age 35. While still producing stellar numbers (Gasol led the NBA in double-doubles this past season), there is no debating that his years of producing at a high level are limited.
The Bulls’ star player, Derrick Rose, is not the superstar he once was. We no longer see the high flying, aerial ability of the former MVP. Over the past few seasons, we have seen Rose turn to more of a perimeter style, focusing more on threes, floaters and mid-range jump shots as opposed to his old slashing ways. While not as explosive or exciting, this new play style from Rose is excellent for the Bulls as a whole. With Rose on the court and away from the injury bug, the Bulls have the ability to hold their own against any team in the NBA, including LeBron James’ Cavaliers. So that leaves Jimmy Butler, who, while still young, has many concerned about where he will be playing after this summer. Those worries should be put to rest, however, because the Bulls intend to offer Butler a max deal as well as match any offer he receives. Butler has also stated that he intends to stay in Chicago: “I like it [in Chicago]. They gave me a chance, coming out of Marquette. No one else did, and they did with the 30th pick in 2011. So I have a lot of love for them.” Butler made this statement discussing his future with the Bulls while on ESPN’s SportsNation.
Draft preview coming soon.