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Shocked he was still available, the Chicago Bulls selected a player they didn’t even bring in for a personal workout at the Berto Center. Marquis Teague, the 6’2 point-guard from the national champion Kentucky Wildcats, is the newest member of the Chicago Bulls. “We were very excited that Marquis was still on the board. We feel we got a real value in this pick,” said Bulls GM, Gar Forman, after the draft pick was made. The 19 year old freshman does not have much experience at the college level, aside from playing alongside the #1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, on the quest to the National Championship, but the Bulls felt he was too good of a point guard prospect (he was the 4th to be chosen at his position) to pass up with their sole pick in this year’s draft. Teague averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 assists in 32.6 minutes per game (the 5th most minutes of any D-1 player). Teague will likely back-up John Lucas III or a yet to be named starting point guard in the 2012-2013 season while Derrick Rose recovers. Teague’s older brother, Jeff Teague, is the point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, who Bulls fans will note from the second round of the 2011 Playoffs.
- Speed, excellent first step
- Court vision
- Decision making, tends to try to do too much
- Inconsistent from long range
- Sometimes looks for his own shot when he should be looking for teammates
Tyshawn Taylor, who was the presumed pick for the Bulls, as reported earlier today, was not chosen in the first round. Neither was Will Barton, who was the only player to have two workouts with the Bulls.
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According to league sources, the Chicago Bulls will select Tyshawn Taylor out of Kansas with the 29th pick in the draft tonight. Vin Parise, of NBC Sports, was the first to release the report. The Bulls will look to mold Taylor into becoming a back-up for a healthy Derrick Rose. With Rose out until February/March, the Bulls will hope Tyshawn Taylor can contribute at the NBA level right away.
Taylor, a 6’4 point-guard of out Kansas, averaged 16.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 2.3 RPG and 1.3 SPG his senior year.
- Is one of the best defenders at his position in the draft: ”I hang my hat on being a good defender”. According to a recent ESPN article: “Statistics show it was almost impossible for opponents to succeed running isolation plays against Taylor — they scored barely more than 20 percent of the time.”
- Has 4 years of experience at collegiate level at one of the top organizations in the country.
- Creates off the dribble and attacks the pick-and-roll.
- Quick first step. “The speed is almost frightening” – ESPN
- Aggressive, excellent floater, can get to the FT line a lot.
- Ill-advised shots.
- Turnover-prone, says he is working on becoming a better decision maker.
- Shoots under 70% from the line.
According to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, the Chicago Bulls are indeed interested in shopping a player for a lottery pick in this year’s draft. League sources confirmed to McGraw that the Bulls are interested in obtaining a high draft pick, and are willing to part ways with Luol Deng to do so. “The Bulls are disappointed Deng is planning to wait until after the London Olympics to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist,” writes McGraw. Add that to the fact that the Bulls, as constructed now, will be millions over the salary cap next season. One route to fix this was to minimize the depth (Korver, Brewer, Watson) and keep core players (Deng, Rose, Boozer, Noah, Gibson), however, management now shows interest in dumping a high salaried player and retool. They are said to be interested in playmaking guards such as Harrison Barnes – who was brought in to meet with management, Austin Rivers, Jeremy Lamb and Dion Waiters to name a few. Trade rumors have been floating around suggesting talks with Toronto, Sacramento and Golden State. Talks are limited and we will not know much until draft night on June 28.
The NBA Draft Combine is now complete, and the prospects made themselves available to the media after the 2 day process. The Chicago Bulls held workouts last week (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) where they let it be known that they were targeting backcourt help. Here, we take a look at what some of the point guards and shooting guards that the Bulls may be interested in had to say:
Scott Machado – Point Guard - Iona College – Senior
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Knicks are exploring ways to acquire a first-round pick on June 28th’s NBA draft. The Knicks, who currently hold the 48th pick, may have a legitimate shot at obtaining at top 30 pick. According to one general manager, various teams with two first-round picks are looking to trade down. The Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors are all among teams probable to be interested in trading a first-rounder. Take a look at this years draft order, and the possible picks the Knicks could obtain:
The Chicago Bulls held a workout Monday with a large group of potential 29th picks. With the Berto Center filled with over 10 prospects, one consensus rang true when speaking with the media after: the Bulls are looking to add depth to their backcourt. The practice was cut short when Syracuse center, Fab Melo, became dizzy from what he says was “dehydration”. He plans to return to Chicago after the combine to give it another go, however that may not make a difference as the Bulls seem to be locked in on what they want. With about $71 million about to be locked in for players whose name is not CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer, or Kyle Korver – the decision as to who they draft becomes even more important. Doron Lamb, of Kentucky, told the Chicago Tribune: “They told me they’re looking for a backup point guard and shooter and someone who can play right away”. If they want a backup point guard, we’ve already endorsed our choice of Scott Macahado - who is a senior and therefore has the experience over many of the younger draftees. But, here’s a look at the top shooting guards and point guards who worked out on Monday (not including those we already profiled, here and here):