I really wanted DeJuan Blair. Remarkably, he fell all the way to 37, where the Spurs picked him. Will he be the next Corliss Williamson or the next Tractor Traylor? Neither. He’s going to be the first DeJuan Blair. 2 things he will do regardless of what else happens in his career– he will rebound and put back shots. That is a huge, huge skill. He will keep offensive possessions going and be a beast down low. The Spurs get the steal of the draft.
The Bulls instead opted for the talented James Johnson from Wake Forest. The immediate concern is that he is a tweener. He also liked to play more like a 3 at Wake Forest. Like Blair, he has a long wingspan and an NBA body, but he is much more athletic. Will he fit in at the 4? He better hope so, at least in the near future because Deng and Salmons will man the 3 for the Bulls. He’s an all-around solid player. I like the pick and he likely has more potential than Blair. Videos of the new Bulls after the jump…
Initially I was not pleased with the pick of Taj Gibson. My 2 first thoughts were: The Bulls just re-drafted Joakim Noah and then the Bulls just re-drafted Corie Blount. I take that back a bit.
Chuck Swirsky tweeted that Gibson is the steal of the draft. We’ll see. He’s definitely a defensive stud but lacks an offensive post game and the Bulls sorely need that. Perhaps the Bulls just re-drafted Tyrus Thomas? I like Gibson but he’s not necessarily what the Bulls need there. But Gibson can be an effective defender and I am never opposed to that.
We also need to see the rest of their plans in action before we can really discern how good or bad these picks are. The Hinrich deal is said to be still alive, the Gordon situation needs to be resolved and there is still a chance Bosh will be dealt. It could be that these 2 picks were made to take the places of players already on the roster. Does the real fun start now?