The Chicago Bulls have very little financial flexibility to play with this off-season. That is the reason why any chances of guard Nate Robinson returning to the team have been all but eliminated.
That is also why the Bulls’ biggest improvement this off-season could be made this week.
The NBA Draft is this Thursday.
If history is any indicator, the Bulls will draft their biggest improvement to the team on Thursday. The past two Bulls’ draft picks have been small forward Jimmy Butler in 2011, and point guard Marquis Teague in 2012. Butler is expected be a starter for the Bulls next season, and Teague will see added minutes as a reserve.
The need for the Bulls is simple. The Bulls need a shooter. Not necessarily a shooter like Kyle Korver, who is spot-up shooter but a shooter that can create their own shot.
That shooter may either be Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State or Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan.
Franklin would fall in line with the traditional draft pick for the Tom Thibodeau regime. Franklin averaged 17 points for San Diego State with a field goal percentage of 41.3% and a three-point shooting percentage of 28%. Franklin wouldn’t fit the need of a shooter, however scouts suggest his jumper is improving. Where Franklin does fit on the Bulls is with his defensive mentality.
Hardaway Jr may be the most logical selection for the Bulls. Hardaway Jr. established himself as a bona-fide shooter this past season with Michigan. The shooting guard had a field goal percentage of 43.7% and a three-point shooting percentage of 37.4% to go along with an average of 14.5 points per game.
The Bulls have a tradition of drafting defensive-minded player such as Franklin, but the time is now for the team to draft a shooter. That shooter could be Hardaway Jr.