The NBA Draft is tonight and the Chicago Bulls are expected to use their 20th overall selection on a player that is likely to have immediate impact for the team.
There has been speculation regarding the Bulls and their 20th overall selection.
Rumors circled earlier this week that the Bulls were shopping small forward Luol Deng for a lottery pick. The popular rumor was one that sent Deng to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the third overall selection and Emeka Okafor.
There really is no gage on what the Bulls will do with Deng. However, the consensus appears to be that Deng will not be traded anytime soon by the Bulls.
There has been a rumor going around in the past 24 hours that the Bulls could send their 20th overall selection to the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are attempting to clear space for a possible run at Dwight Howard, and in doing so, the team would need to trade forward Thomas Robinson. Reports indicated that the Bulls were one of the teams in on Robinson and their offer of the 20th overall selection was still on the table as of Wednesday night.
Robinson was the fifth overall selection of the Rockets in the 2012 draft. During his rookie season, Robinson averaged 4.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game while playing an average of 15 minutes per game.
Though, as of Thursday morning, the Bulls have the plan of using their 20th overall selection.
Unlike recent speculation that suggested the Bulls would draft an international prospect in order to avoid a financial hit, the team is expected to take a player that can contribute immediately.
The Bulls have been tight-lipped about the prospects that they have scouted. However, there appears to be a consensus of the top three targets that the Bulls are targeting.
Those three prospects appear to be guard/forward Jamaal Franklin of San Diego St., shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan, and center Gorgui Dieng of Louisville.
Franklin and Hardaway Jr. are two prospects that Da Windy City mentioned earlier this week.
Dieng is a new addition to the list of potential draft targets of the Bulls.
The 6′ 11″ Dieng averaged nearly 10 points and 9 rebounds during his Junior campaign with Louisville.
While the Bulls generally are a team that drafts with a defense-first mentality, the team needs to address their need for a shooter.
That is why, the prediction here is that the Bulls will draft Hardaway Jr. if the guard is still on the board when the team is on the clock.