2012 NBA Mock Draft: DraftExpress Has Bulls Taking Tyshawn Taylor

The Chicago Bulls are projected to select Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor with the 29th overall pick in the latest mock draft from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com. As we get closer to the draft, it's appears that it's becoming increasingly obvious that Derrick Rose's future absence will significantly play into the team's decision making.

With Derrick Rose likely out for a big part of the regular season and C.J. Watson not expected to be retained, the Bulls will have a shortage of ball-handlers. A battle-tested senior like Taylor could provide some temporary relief. He has the size, athleticism and talent to develop into an excellent backup once Rose returns.

In his senior season with Kansas, Taylor averaged 16.6 PPG, 4.8 APG and 1.3 SPG after spending three years as a role player for Bill Self. He helped lead the Jayhawks all the way to the national championship game, where they lost to Kentucky.

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