Thursday , Jun , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Chicago Bulls 2006 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Chicago has an opportunity to add some more talent
through the draft to its already youthful roster. The Bulls own the second and
16th overall picks in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft.

The Bulls finished 41-41 and qualified for the postseason for the second
straight year. They were also eliminated for the second straight year in the
first round of the playoffs, as they fell in six games to the Miami Heat.

Ben Gordon, who was the third overall pick in the 2004 draft, led the Bulls in
scoring (16.9 ppg), while Tyson Chandler pulled down a club-high 9.0 rebounds
Kirk Hinrich dished out a team-best 6.3 assists per game.

Gordon and Hinrich are a nice tandem to have in the backcourt. They can both
handle the ball, knock down the outside jumper and distribute the ball. Chris
Duhon is a decent backup at the point and plays alongside both Gordon and
Hinrich.

Chandler, Mike Sweetney and Darius Songaila combine to take care of the dirty
work down low. Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni are solid small forwards. Deng,
who averaged 14.3 points per game, is athletic and can score, while Nocioni,
who netted 13.0 per contest, is a hard-nosed defender who can also put the
ball in the hoop.

Chicago needs more scoring in the low post. The second overall pick could get
the Bulls just what they need, as LaMarcus Aldridge of Texas or LSU’s Tyrus
Thomas would both be great fits. The Bulls will select the best player
available at No. 16.

Don’t be shocked if the Bulls use one or both of their picks to acquire a
proven commodity who they know is going to make an immediate impact. Chicago
has a shot to take some giant steps towards the top of the Eastern Conference
with a productive draft night.

Key Player(s): Tyson Chandler (Center/Forward), Luol Deng (Forward), Chris
Duhon (Guard), Ben Gordon (Guard), Kirk Hinrich (Guard), Andres Nocioni
(Forward), Darius Songaila (Forward), Mike Sweetney (Center/Forward).

Team Needs: Scoring in the low post.

Draft picks: 1st round (2nd overall), 1st round (16th overall)

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