NBA Draft 2013: Chicago Bulls could seek center, shooting guard with first-round pick

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago doesn't have a lot of holes to fill, but could add a very valuable cog to their team with their first-round pick.

The Chicago Bulls didn't end this past season quite as they likely hoped, finishing 45-37 and falling to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs, but it was a pretty solid outcome for a team that missed their former league MVP for the entire season. Derrick Rose should begin next season completely healthy, so Chicago's front office shouldn't have to rely on this year's No. 20 overall pick to be an immediate contributor.

Chicago hasn't picked in the lottery since taking Rose with the top selection in the 2008 NBA Draft, but the team has still been able to find valuable contributors through the draft. Jimmy Butler (No. 30, 2011) and Taj Gibson (No. 26, 2009) were both overlooked by many teams before Chicago took chances on them.

Draft picks

The Bulls have the No. 20 selection in the first round and then will also pick again at No. 49 barring any draft-night trades. The team was also originally slotted to have the Charlotte Bobcats' first-round pick as part of the Tyrus Thomas trade, but that instead has been shifted to next year as it was top-12 protected.

Depth chart

Point Guard - Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson (free agent), Marquis Teague

Shooting Guard - Marco Belinelli (free agent), Richard Hamilton (non-guaranteed), Daequan Cook (free agent)

Small Forward - Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler, Vladimir Radmanovic (free agent)

Power Forward - Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Malcolm Thomas

Center - Joakim Noah, Nazr Mohammed (free agent)

The Bulls many not seem especially deep heading into next season, especially if playoff standouts Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli elect to find greener pastures, but Tom Thibodeau doesn't delve too far into his depth chart on most occasions. If the Bulls would consider playing Butler alongside Rose and Deng, the team would have very few holes on the roster to fill regardless of the Belinelli situation.

Biggest need(s)

As stated above, the Bulls could fill their biggest hole internally if Belinelli re-signs or they elect to move Butler to the other position on the wing. If they don't go that route, however, there'll be a gaping hole at shooting guard if they decide to pay Hamilton $1 million to depart next year instead of paying him his full $5 million contract to stay.

Aside from the many questions surrounding the shooting guard situation, another big would obviously be welcome to complement Noah if the aging Mohammed doesn't return.

Potential targets

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng (scouting report) seems to be a hot commodity in most mock drafts for the Bulls, but that would require Chicago to use a first-round pick on a backup to one of their best players. The shot-blocker out of Louisville would be a nice piece for Chicago to add, but it would seem that choice is only made if the shooting guard situation is somehow settled prior to the draft.

California's Allen Crabbe (scouting report) might be a nice fit to fill a need for a shooter in the starting lineup at two-guard. SB Nation's draft expert Jonathan Tjarks suggests Crabbe's ceiling is Hamilton and his floor is Belinelli, the two players Chicago counted on most this season at that position.

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