Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Chicago Bulls 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls have some important decisions to make
in the offseason. Do they want to give big contracts to forward Tyson Chandler
and center Eddy Curry in order to keep the two youngsters with the club?

Chicago had an excellent season, as it won 47 games and made the playoffs for
the first time since 1998. The Bulls were eliminated by the Washington Wizards
in six games in the first round.

The Bulls do not have any picks in this year’s draft, but they do have a young
nucleus of players. Sixth Man of the Year Ben Gordon, who was the third
overall pick in last year’s draft, had a solid rookie season. Gordon averaged
15.1 points and 2.0 assists, while 24-year-old Kirk Hinrich contributed 15.7
points and a team-best 6.4 assists in his second year in the league.

Curry, who did not play in the postseason because of a heart condition, netted
16.1 points and pulled down 5.4 boards in 63 games for the Bulls, while
Chandler grabbed a team-high 9.7 rebounds per contest in 80 games. Chicago
also got solid performances from rookies Luol Deng, Chris Duhon and Andres
Nocioni.

Chicago will be spectators at this year’s draft. The Bulls are preparing for a
very important offseason, which could determine if the team will once again
become a fixture in the postseason for many years to come.

Key Player(s): Tyson Chandler (Forward), Eddy Curry (Center), Luol Deng
(Forward), Chris Duhon (Guard), Ben Gordon (Guard), Kirk Hinrich (Guard)
Andres Nocioni (Forward).

Team Needs: More scoring up front.

Draft picks: NONE.

CHI