Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Chicago Bulls 2007 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls are an up-and-coming team. They finished
49-33 during the 2006-07 campaign and advanced to the East semis for the first
time since 1998.

The top-seeded Detroit Pistons eliminated the Bulls, who had been knocked out
in the first round the previous two playoffs, in six games in the postseason.
However, it was a big step for the young and talented Bulls.

Ben Gordon and Luol Deng are rising stars, while Ben Wallace is the
intimidating inside presence and Kirk Hinrich provides steady play at the
point. Gordon led the Bulls in scoring (21.4 ppg) during the regular season,
Wallace grabbed a team-best 10.7 boards and Hinrich handed out a club-high 6.3
assists per game.

Deng, who averaged 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds, and Gordon were the only
Bulls to play in all 82 regular-season games. Forwards Tyrus Thomas, Andres
Nocioni, Thabo Sefolosha and guard Chris Duhon give the Bulls depth and
athleticism.

The Bulls have the opportunity to add another talented player through the
draft, as they own the No. 9 pick, which originally belonged to New York, but
the Bulls had the right to exchange first-round selections with the Knicks
as part of the Eddy Curry trade.

It would not be a surprise if the Bulls dealt the ninth overall pick in a
trade to acquire a veteran who can make an immediate impact. After all,
Chicago is now a contender and is looking to win now.

Chicago could decide to go the foreign route at No. 9. Brazil’s Tiago Splitter
and Marc Gasol of Spain could be intriguing to the Bulls. Both players are
projects, but they have upside as rebounders and low-post scorers. Julian
Wright of Kansas and Spencer Hawes of Washington would be safer picks.

Key Player(s): P.J. Brown (Forward), Luol Deng (Forward), Chris
Duhon (Guard), Ben Gordon (Guard), Kirk Hinrich (Guard), Andres Nocioni
(Forward), Thabo Sefolosha (Forward), Tyrus Thomas (Forward), Ben Wallace
(Center).

Team Needs: Power forward, rebounding help for Wallace and scoring.

Draft picks: 1st round (9th overall), 2nd round (49th overall), 2nd round
(51st overall).

CHI