Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Chicago Bulls 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls own the third pick overall in this
year’s NBA Draft and will most likely avoid selecting a player out of high
school.

In 2001, the Bulls picked high school phenom Eddy Curry with the fourth pick
overall. Chicago also acquired the draft rights of another high school
sensation Tyson Chandler from the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade that saw
forward Elton Brand go West.

Curry and Chandler have not developed into the players that Chicago was hoping
that they would be. Curry did average 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 2003-04,
while Chandler averaged just 6.1 points and 7.7 boards in just 35 contests.
After three seasons in the league, neither player has proven to be the
dominant force that the Bulls hoped they would become.

The Bulls got a solid season from rookie Kirk Hinrich, who looks to be the
future point guard in Chicago. Originally drafted out of Kansas by the Bulls
in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, Hinrich averaged
12 points and 6.8 assists in 76 games this season.

Chicago will look to add scoring to its roster with the third pick. Duke
forward Luol Deng could be just what the Bulls are looking for.

Key Player(s): Tyson Chandler (forward), Eddy Curry (center), Kirk Hinrich
(guard), Jamal Crawford (guard).

Team Needs: A scoring forward or shooting guard.

Draft picks: 1st round (3rd overall), 2nd round (31st overall), 2nd round
(38th overall).

CHI