What type of player the Bulls should target in the 2017 NBA Draft

What type of player the Bulls should target in the 2017 NBA Draft

It's no secret that the 2017 NBA Draft features a stacked class. With so many talented players set to enter the league, the SportsTalk Live panel debated which type of player the Bulls should go after.

Mark Schanowski, CSN's Bulls Pregame and Postgame Live host, discussed how rolling the dice on a guy with high upside is the way to go.

"You gotta go for a guy like Giannis Antetokounmpo or Thon Maker like Milwaukee is doing," Schanowski said. "Go for the seven-foot guy with upside, who it might take a couple years but might develop into a star."

Obviously, the Bulls' options will be limited depending on where the team finishes the season. Right now, Fred Hoiberg's squad sits at 32-36, one game behind the Pistons for the No. 8 seed in the playoff race.

If the Bulls end up missing the postseason for the second consecutive year, their fate will be up to the Draft Lottery's ping pong balls. Either way, though, the team needs to hit on their pick. The Bulls' last five first round selections have been Marquis Teague (2012), Tony Snell (2013), Doug McDermott (2014 acquired via trade with Denver), Bobby Portis (2015) and Denzel Valentine (2016).

Watch the STL panel break it down in the video above.

 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

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Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups.