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.

 

Bulls: Could a knee injury have slowed Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter against Celtics?

Bulls: Could a knee injury have slowed Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter against Celtics?

As Jimmy Butler sat with his sweat-soaked jersey still attached to his body, Dwyane Wade yelled out that all the hot water was gone from the TD Garden showers, a fitting end to a miserable night.

Butler hadn't yet gone to the showers because electrodes were attached to his knees, but it was the left one that prevented him from being as aggressive as he should have been in the Bulls' 108-97 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night.

Butler's 30-foot buzzer-beater to end the third quarter seemed to indicate a harbinger of things to come, giving the Bulls an 81-79 lead. A fourth-quarter explosion likely would have sent the Bulls back to Chicago with a 3-2 lead and a chance to clinch the series at home Friday night.

But he could only muster two shots and barely seemed to push off on his left foot—his lead foot, and it hampered what the Bulls could do late as he was their prime fourth-quarter performer.

He couldn't even go straight up on a jumper over the diminutive Isaiah Thomas without pump-faking, throwing off his rhythm. He wouldn't elaborate on the injury, although he said it happened during the second half of Game 4 on Sunday night when he collided with a Celtics player.

"I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up; I'll be all right," Butler said in the locker room.

Going 6-for-15 overall, one would have thought Butler was conserving his energy, but he clearly didn't have his usual spunk. It was partly the reason Dwyane Wade took over more, with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but having Butler around could have helped close a game that got away from them in a four-minute stretch where the Bulls lost their composure.

Wade has had to play through his share of injuries during his career, and although he wouldn't divulge whatever Butler was going through, it seemed as if they had a conversation about managing his body.

"We've talked about it. When you've had any limitations no matter what, at this time of year people are banged-up," Wade said. "It's expected. But we have to do a better job of putting him in different places on the basketball floor.

"I don't know exactly what he's going through or what he's feeling, but it's tough when you are, and you try to beat a guy from halfcourt to the rim, or three defenders. So we've got to a better job of finding areas for him to work without having to work so hard. That's on all of us."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Game 5 loss

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Game 5 loss

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue analyze Game 5 between the Bulls and Celtics, how the Bulls can correct their mistakes for Friday night and whether Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade have enough left in the tank to win two straight against the top seed in the Eastern Conference.