With the 2013 NBA draft less than two months away, the Chicago Bulls look to add talent and depth to help improve the team. With several players leaving for free agency, the Bulls could look to the draft as an opportunity to provide depth while avoiding paying huge contracts to veteran free agents. The Bulls currently have the 20th pick in this year’s draft, which is considerably the lowest pick they’ve had over the last few seasons. While their recent picks haven’t been that high the Bulls have acquired several talented players late in the draft including Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. Additionally, picks like Marquis Teague, who is young and inexperienced, but has a lot of raw physical ability could eventually become a good back up to Derrick Rose. There are two positions that need to be looked at in this year’s draft. The Bulls need another guard to supplement Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler, and they probably need to have more depth behind Joakim Noah. Since Asik left the Bulls, there has been a huge hole on the bench for the center position and a drafting a big man can help. Though it is hard to pinpoint who the Bulls will draft, here are some possible choices the Bulls could take with the 20th pick.
Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
Franklin is a versatile shooting guard who is very aggressive offensively and could be the number two option the Bulls so desperately need. With Butler being the most likely starter at SG next year, the Bulls could use an offensive spark off the bench. That current spark is Nate Robinson, but the Bulls have already said they will be parting ways with Nate this summer. As a rookie, he would provide no more than depth, but he could have the potential to become the eventual starter.
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Withey is a great shot blocker and the Bulls love defensive-minded players. He could help replace what the Bulls lost in Asik last offseason. As a rookie he could provide depth behind Joakim Noah, and possibly have the same role that Nazr Mohammad had coming off the bench this year.
Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Adams is very similar to Jeff Withey, but Adams is unpolished and has much room to grow. He has massive, soft mitts, which make him a natural rebounder, which is at the moment his best asset, though his defense doesn’t lag far behind. He blocks well, and recovers well when beaten. He could provide the same role as Nazr Mohammad but would take more time to become a productive player. If the Bulls want to take Adams, it most likely will be a project and have a limited role his rookie season. He has great potential and a high-celling, but would provide nothing more than depth for a team which is already set at center.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Caldwell-Pope most likely will be taken in the first half of the draft but if he slides I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls pounced on him. He is multidimensional scorer who can also defend. His ability to shoot threes and drive to the basket could relieve pressure off of Rose. He also is a good defender which seems to be a requirement in the Tom Thibodeau’s system. As a rookie, he could earn a starting position at SG, allowing Jimmy Butler to become the sixth man. He has the potential to be an impact performer, and would be a good fit with the Bulls.