With the NBA Finals drawing to a close and the Chicago Bulls eagerly awaiting the 2012-13 NBA season, many have turned their eyes to the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft.
The latest mock draft from the analysts at Sports Illustrated suggest the Bulls will look for help internationally in the first round, selecting SG Evan Fournier:
29) SG Evan Fournier Poitiers (France) 6-7, 206With point guard and 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose sidelined 8-to-12 months after tearing his ACL in the playoffs, and with shooting guard Richard Hamilton showing his age (34) during an injury-filled season, the Bulls could use another scorer in their backcourt. There's no way of telling just yet whether Fournier can be the penetrating, playmaking perimeter threat in the NBA that he has been while playing for France, but he's worth gambling on here.
In the 2011-12 season, the Bulls finished tied for the best record in the NBA, but lost in the first round of the playoffs after PG Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL.