30 May 2012
Obviously, our beloved Chicago Bulls are slotted with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft which is 30 days from now to the date. (The draft is on June 28th.)
In that mock draft -- which is actually the fifth he's drawn up this off-season -- Chad was able to really dig-deep with the selections and think about the best fit for each team as the lottery much like the next sixteens picks in the first round were set in stone.
Ford's column was only visible to ESPN Insiders, fortunately, I have an account so was able to see what he was saying first hand.
At No. 29 Ford said that former Vanderbilt 6'4" sharpshooting guard, John Jenkins, was the most probable selection for the Bulls that deep in the draft. I agree, given he's there, and they're are some other names that aren't there.
Jenkins does a have a stroke, a nice one. He can defend very well also. Jenkins is a great combo-guard who will fit very well behind Derrick Rose in the coming years -- given GM Gar Forman gives his name to Commissioner David Stern. Jenkins is far from anything like Ray Allen or Eric Gordon for example but I think he can prove to be a very solid pro due to his strength, skill and shooting ability. Another highlight of Jenkins' resume is the fact that he comes from a winning culture at Vanderbilt -- one of the only two teams to knock off eventual NCAA Champion Kentucky Wildcats this past season -- under head coach Kevin Stallings.
Ford wrote: "The Bulls need a shooter and Jenkins has one of the best strokes in the draft. His super-quick release and ability to finish at the basket make him an interesting prospect here." (Sounds like a guy that's watched the Bulls a time or two this past year, hmm?)
Following this article, Horns to the Hardwood will start a new feature: "29 Days Till Pick 29." This feature will be one of our writers breaking down the best fits, players, case scenarios, et al for the Bulls on draft day as they are indeed seated with the 29th pick in the first round of this years draft.
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