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Should The Bulls Draft Tyler Ulis?

With the 2015-16 regular season coming to a close, the Bulls sit at a less than one percent chance of making the playoffs and it’s time to focus on the off-season. With the postseason comes the draft projections and many are predicting that the Bulls might look at PG heading into this year’s draft.

TylerUlis1Tyler Ulis, the first-team All-American from Kentucky, is widely projected as who the Bulls might look for come draft time. A lot have said that they don’t like Ulis as a Bull, but there are multiple reasons why he would work.

The best way to make the lineup have a better look takes a bit of a shift. Some question whether drafting a guard like Ulis means Derrick Rose soon becomes obsolete. That’s not the best option for the Bulls and they know that. What works best is shifting Rose to shooting guard and putting Jimmy Butler at small forward.

Rose at shooting guard is a great option because of his progression since returning from injury, and his willingness to be “the guy” that shoots in late shot clock situations. Jimmy Butler, just as praised for his defensive prowess, is a no-brainer at SF with his length and athleticism.

Ulis in his sophomore year at Kentucky put up insane numbers, numbers that without the likes of Denzel Valentine and Buddy Hield, that would have won him the Wooden award. As a point guard, Ulis was unheralded in Lexington and is easily the best player coming out of their class this spring.

The Lima, Ohio, native averaged 17.3 points per game in the 15-16 campaign including seven assists per game while averaging a whopping 36.8 minutes per game.tylerUlis2

Ulis posted 15 games with 20+ points including a gritty 30 points in the SEC Championship win over Texas A&M. That kind of production at the point is vital for any team, not only his ability to score but his skill for finding open teammates, having seven 10+ assist games.

Drafting a player like Ulis seems like the right move for the Bulls moving forward. Jimmy Butler talked on Thursday about him and Rose working hard in the offseason, with the thought of how dangerous of a duo they are. Adding Ulis to a deadly mix like that would only bolster the lineup.

With Joakim Noah likely on the way out, as well as Pau Gasol, it seems like the PF/C is becoming clearer as the offseason approaches. The emergence of Doug McDermott’s “NBA game” gives light to a strong four role for the Creighton graduate. If Taj Gibson can stay healthy in 2016-17, look for the Bulls to play to their strengths.

Whether it be Ulis or another option for the Bulls, the 2016 draft class is loaded with talent. With a great draft position looming, it seems like the Bulls can really improve the roster sooner rather than later.

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