If this isn't Kaman-like then I don't know what is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vef5G3zTPns
BJ Mullens won't contribute is first year probably, but, Blair won't make a difference his first year too. Bulls have enough role players. It don't make sense to add another one when you have a guy that offers your need at the Center spot. Noah is better off served at Power Forward which makes Tyrus Thomas expandable. Don't make sense to add a 6'6'' Power Forward that has bad knees and can shoot the ball if his life depended on it. Like I said, if you want that component on your roster, you draft Mullens then sign Brandon Bass or some other undersized Power Forward. It's call maximizing your options. Watch and see, come year three, Mullens will be making a difference while Blair still be putting up his rookie numbers - it's call knowing what you're going to get.
Remember, Bulls don't need help through the draft instantly which is more convenient for Byron Mullens. Think about, his projection makes Bulls front-office more keen to trading Tyrus Thomas or Noah for the right guy - maybe Bosh or Stoudemire. At best, Blair could average 9 rebounds in the pros next year while Mullens can give us 8 points in the front-court his rookie year. Blair won't get any better his second year. All Mullens has to do is get stronger; he should do that with his resources being employed and all. I'm not blind, I see nothing but success for Mullens and Blair won't improve in the NBA like people think. I rather have a healthy Kaman than some Marcus Laundry type.
Bulls have enough role players. We just need to that future star.
ilchi90, I have to give you credit, that was an excellent video of what Mullens can do if and when he learns how to play the game. Unfortunately that type of move was extremely rare, otherwise he would have played far more than 20 minutes per game. Potential is often a fleeting glimpse of what someone could do if and when he dedicates himself to being great. The key words are "fleeting glimpse".
The fact is that Mullens was completely lost out on the court. He literally had no clue both on offense and defense. Now is that a criminal offense? Of course not, he was only a freshman. We as a culture are spoiled, we always want instantaneous results and it ain't gonna happen very often.
The big problem with Mullens, and where I think your argument is flawed, is the fact that he didn't return to school like Cole Aldrich did at Kansas. Aldrich went from a nothing freshman season to a very good sophomore year. And he was smart enough to return for his junior year. Next year he will have an excellent shot at being a lottery pick.
Why is your argument flawed? Because if Mullens stayed in school, he would be the focus of the program and they would give him all of the coaching he needs to improve. Then it would be up to him. However, in the NBA, you're just one guy on a 12 man team who's supposed to be a professional from day one. They literally don't have the time to devote to teaching fundamentals that a college coach has.
I still say my analysis was on the money. Kamans and Mullens have nothing in common on the offensive end of the court.
Kaman is a polished offensive weapon with a wide array of moves.
Other than dunks, Mullens has no offense. In fact, he's often completely lost when his team has the ball.
As for D. Blair, he's a fantastic rebounder. Remember, you can't win without the ball, every coach knows that rebounding and defense wins games. Give me a superior rebounder any day of the week because it will pay dividends game after game.
like the dude says, he's a project... it will depend on who gets in there w/him to teach him b/c he wont make an impact...
Impressive size and decent movement in those youtube clips... i just dont like Blair's size... he's clearly 6'5 and a remake of CraigSmith who happens to be better... Blair is 2nd rd material if he gets drafted at all. So I see chicago using 1pick on BjMullens and it'll have to be the first one... and then I'd hope for the Xavier kid Brown to be left behind for the 2nd 1rd pick
Good luck Chicago
Bulls shouldn't draft Mullens or Blair. Thoimas and Noah are both young power forwards. Mullens is a total project, and Blair is a one dimensional player with bad knees at a position that we do not need bodies. If Gordon leaves, we need a shooter/scorer. If Ellington is there, take him. The Bulld needs upfront are for a low post scorer. Probably the best option is to trade for one. If Shaq is dealt, Pheonix will trade Stoudemire. Get him. I'm worried if Bosh gets toMiami. they will keep him. they should try to trade for him as well. Either will do. Either trade costs the Bulls the pick and other assets. I'm tired of hearing Mullens and Blair. Neither help.
they drafted the high potential project before Tyrus Thomas with the fourth pick a couple years back. Tyrus hasnt developed into the player the Bulls wanted, so i doubt Chicago will pick potential over performance this year.
However I dont agree w/the KrisKaman analogy though... Kris was MORE ready coming out than this kid and was not necessarily a position pick like this kid will be b/c chicago wants size and more size w/athleticism.
Kris could shoot and block shots with both hands and had post moves for days coming out of college... Being a Clipper is the only thing I think that demotes Kris from being among the stars (not superstars) to just being regular.
Thats big coming from me b/c I usually dont think highly of white boys in the post on league status... they tend to fade or just become someone totally different than the scorer or post threat they were in college.
no pun intended just being honest about their lack of talent.
with the 16th pick you are going to get no better than another role player. if you pick mullens he is a project but if he develops it is a good pick. he wouldn't be a bust like eddy curry because curry was drafted high. at worst with mullens you get an athletic 7 footer to add with already athletic noah and thomas. athletic big men are good to have. ask the denver nuggets.
Bulls need to add 2 solid players to their rotation right now. 3 if Gordon leaves. They would need to draft at least one player who can help immediately and Mullens would not. If he fell to 26, yes, the gamble should be made. I don't see him falling that far for obvious reasons. Even if he did, a player who could help now, even in a role such as Hansborough should he fall would be tempting. Bulls have one of shortest rotations in the league and have to address that issue. Having 2 first round picks should help. Bulls have struggled in past with 2 first round picks in same year. Curry/Chandler, Fizer Crawford, Thomas/Sefalosha (jury is still out, Thomas could have been Roy or Aldridge). They have to make this draft count. If they are as good as they hope to be, they won't be in lotto anymore.
I don't think the Bulls would grab either of those guys at 16. Blair's knee's would scare me away - and the Bulls aren't a rebuilding team so I'd see them taking Mullens at 26 rather then 16 (if he's even there are 26). Even though there aren't a ton of potential stars in this draft, at the very least the Bulls can get a guy at 16 who can come in and contribute immediately. Yes, he may be a role player, but we all know how important role players are to teams (read - Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Steve Kerr, you get the point). I've heard alot of talk about the Bulls taking Hansboro @ 16. Paxon loves to take players from winning programs because he wants that culture in the organization. I wouldn't mind seeing him taken there, he may not be a 15 and 10 guy, but he sure would add some toughness and you know he leaves it all on the court. The guy always hustles and always plays hard, and as long as the expectations of him aren't too high, what's wrong w/that? SG/SF is pretty deep in this draft so I'd go for size on the first pick. Clark may fall to them as well. I hope they let Gordon walk, and if they do a, line up of Rose, Hinrich, Deng, Thomas and Noah, with Salmons, Miller and then two rookies filling out the 8 and 9 spots isn't bad. I just don't know if they'll jump on the "potential" band wagon again. They have their superstar and cornerstone in Rose. They don't need to hit a home run, they just need to surround him with good players who can play well with him.
the reason kaman is not a star is because he gets injured all the time, he gets lost easily in games, and he can be too soft at times. he also needs indirect motivation to work hard in the offseason. what i mean is his work ethic is not very good.
HEART and INSTINCT over HEIGHT and POTENTIAL...every single time!!!
DeJuan Blair....PF for your Chicago Bulls.
Dude - you have to consider something other then dejuan blair. Do you think the bulls should draft him just because he played at Pitt? If you want heart and instinct then why not Tyler Hansboro over Blair? averaged 20 pts each of his 4 seasons and measures out about 3 inches taller then Blair. I'm not saying that Blair is not going to be a good player, nor was he a good college player. But you're acting like he's the savior for the Bulls. Paul Millsap has had success but now everybody thinks the undersized PF's are the wave of the future
Draft James Johnson & Sam Young. Then sign Big Baby. Simple as that. Blair would be a pretty good pick to though. Forget Mullens, he will never play over Noah. Mullens is whack.
1.) DeJuan the PITTBULL Blair
2.) Terrence TWILL Williams
3.) Sam the other PITTBULL Young
4.) Robert Bull-Dozier
5.) Jerel McSteal (McNeal)
VS Butler! Remember that was againt a much smaller defender. However i would still take BJ because the bulls despartely need inside scoring
DeJuan Blair fits the CULTURE they are trying to build (TOUGH ENERGY GUYS with HEART and BASKETBALL INSTINCTS), while Mullens is clone to Eddy Curry. He has HEIGHT, ATHLETICISM and loads of POTENTIAL, but he lacks the ENERGY, HEART, and IQ to reach it.
Bulls should do what they can to get DeJuan Blair or draft a strong wing player like Terrence Williams.
T will would be the pick at 16 if he is still there Blair goes to the pacers he will go before 16
I am a Bulls fan and drafting Mullens would be a huge mistake. He is one of those guys who thinks his athletism alone is enough to be a good player. He has a terrible work ethic, is completely lost in games, and has no desire to get better. What is the comparison between Mullens and Kaman? They are both white 7 footers? Kaman played for 3 college years and had a good junior year. He was not drafted as a project, he had a polished game when he entered the NBA.
I think Noah is coming along just fine as he continues to improve. The Bulls should let Gordon go and try to sign Carlos Boozer or make a trade for Chris Bosh to play PF. They could even include their 16th pick in a trade for Bosh. I like the idea of taking Sam Young with the 26th pick. They are in deperate need for perimeter defense, and Young is a great defender.
Everything you said about Mullens is in tune with how I feel about him. However, I can't see the Bulls getting Boozer, sorry. I believe he ends up in Detroit or New Jersey. Let's hope New Jersey because that might allow Blair to slip to the Bulls.
Do you want the Bulls to be a better team or do you just want every Pitt player to play for them? Why don't the Bulls just trade Derek Rose to move up the draft and select Levance Fields.
Blair or Lawson at 16. Hansbrough at 26.