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Report: Bulls to draft Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor at No. 29

Jun 28, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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The Bulls have a point guard — that Derrick Rose guy is pretty good. But whenever he returns from his ACL rehab, he will be the man.

But who will be the backup? Next season and long term?

This report from Vin Parise of the NBC Sports Network may answer that.

According to league sources, the Chicago Bulls are drafting Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas tonight with the 29th pick — backup for Derrick Rose

This could be a good fit. Taylor is a very athletic combo guard and is one of the best defensive guards in this draft, which you know Tom Thibodeau likes. Taylor also reportedly did will in workouts for teams. However, he had better improve is decision making and limit turnovers if he wants to stay on the court. A steady jump shot would be nice, too.

It will be interesting to see what this means for C.J. Watson and free agency for the Bulls. They may still need someone of quality while they wait at least a month and maybe much more for Rose to return.

  1. genericcommenter - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    28 Other teams might have some say in that.

  2. zblott - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Who better to fill in for Rose then a hyper-athletic PG with questionable decision-making, high turnovers, and an inconsistent jumper?

    The lowdown on what else Taylor and the other collegians bring to the NBA:

    • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Are you implying these are the traits that Rose possesses? Because for someone who is supposed to have some knowledge of basketball and the players in the league I would think you would at least watch the games. Rose’s decision making has never been in question (at least not from smart people in the league and former players but maybe from uninformed “fans”), turnovers are not really high (players with more are Williams, Wall, Nash, Rondo, James, Westbrook, Durant, and Bryant), and his jumper has improved every year since he’s been in the league. Please come better than erroneous opinions. But at least you got the athletic part right.

      • zblott - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Rose’s assist/turnover ratio is and has been low for a PG for his whole career, his outside jumper has improved to 31%, and the Bulls demonstrated quite clearly this year that the less Rose you have the better your Offensive Rating (Chi ORtg in 10-11 w/full-time Rose: 11th best…Chi ORtg in 11-12 w/half-time Rose: 5th best).

        If Rose can’t positively impact the team’s Offensive Rating, anything you and experts have to say is meaningless.

  3. tigers182 - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    When you’re picking this far down in the draft, do you really want to leak who your taking?

  4. blackandbluedivision - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    wtf? What’s with team telegraphing their picks before the draft? You think this guy is going to last that long? Or you think a division rival isn’t going to trade up and scoop him up, just to spite the Bulls? What about a team below them that was hoping he would fall to them?

    • dadawg77 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      One who knows who told Vin Parise this info. Also if the Bulls did could be a smoke screen. Some mock drafts have him in the mid second round. So praise one kid and hopefully some other team reaches and lets the guy you are looking at fall.

  5. rajbais - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Gar Foreman!!!!

    What’s wrong with you???

    Rose is irreplaceable, but why pick a guy that could have his playing time hindered potentially over 2-3 years, but not add a big man????

    I don’t want Omer Asik anymore!!! Plus, Boozer may not be around over the next 2 years (amnesty or fluky trade)!!!

    Go big and get better sooner than go on a roller coaster!!!

    • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      You may not want Omer but a bunch of teams in the league do. He’s not the best offensively…..ok he stinks offensively right now but he does bring a lot defensively. He’s a true 7 footer and can rebound and is mobile on defense. He has time to work on catching the ball and his offensive game but the Bulls size is their strength. You dont take a chance on a big in the draft and not know what you get and give up what you have which is pretty good. The Bulls needs to address the 2 guard. If they do go Taylor I wouldn’t hate the pick but think they could use it on one of the perimeter players. Rip is only here 1 more year and who knows if he’s going to be healthy for that year.

      • rajbais - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Are you kidding me??? He did not play well enough for us in the first-round against the 76ers in order for us to advance into the semifinals!!!

        You talk about capabilities??

        I do not think that we should overpay for capable players. You want someone capable do it on the cheap.

        By the way, there is an interesting quote describing the draft view of Seth Davis from CBS Sports and SI today:

        “Davis had an interesting comment about NBA executives. They said that they’re more scared of making a mistake than excited about getting a great player.

        Davis said that there’s no more than one franchise guy a year and there aren’t a lot of great players available. ‘I think this is an unusually deep draft,’ Davis said. ‘You can go into the middle of the second round.'”

      • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        That first round loss was not Omer’s fault. Remember Noah getting hurt and missing the last 2 or 3 games. And Taj getting hurt and playing hurt. Oh and the biggest one is Rose being out. Now they still could’ve won without Rose but it wouldve required Noah to be healthy as well as Taj. Just be a little more patient with Omer. He should be ok by the next full season Rose plays. 2014 is the target true championship run. Next year is pretty much a wash.

      • rajbais - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        They never picked him, but the other teams who want Asik will be sorry.

        Potential and excessive contractual lengths should be mandatory causes to fire GMs!!!

  6. itsthemelman82 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Sounds good just as long as they pick up a shooter or two. It’s gonna be a tough offseason trying to fill roster spots w/ no cap room. the Bulls can still compete for a championship. After the finals everybody has made the Bulls an after thought but when Derrick is & truly healthy this team is one of the best in the league. No team in the league is as disciplined on D as the Bulls. Please stop w/ the trade Deng for Tyreke Evans & 5th pick talk too. Evans is great on offense but plays NO defense.

  7. jimbroney - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Why don’t they draft Anthony Davis then??

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