2012 NBA Mock Draft: Draft Express Gives Chicago Bulls SF Jeff Taylor

Trade rumors continue to swirl around the Chicago Bulls heading into Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft. The latest word is that Chicago is interested in parting with either center Joakim Noah or small forward Luol Deng in order to shed payroll and get into the lottery. If the Bulls do stick at pick No. 29, though, Draft Express sees them taking Vanderbilt small forward Jeff Taylor.

Related: 2012 NBA Mock Draft: CBS Projection Has Draymond Green Going To The Bulls

Taylor averaged 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season as a senior for the Commodores. He was a 42 percent three-point shooter and made 1.8 three-balls per game. Here's what DX had to say:

Jeff Taylor: SF, 23, 6-7, 213, Vanderbilt, Senior

The Bulls have been in a perpetual hunt for a floor-spacing 3-point-shooting wing, and Jeff Taylor could well fit the bill here. With Derrick Rose likely out for the season, another ball-handler could certainly be in order, but it might be tough to find one here that can also play the type of defense Tom Thibodeau expects. Taylor is big enough to guard multiple positions, can space the floor as a 40-plus percent outside shooter and he has the athleticism to make plays and get out in the open floor.

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