There's never complete certainty on the draft until a pick is made, but Chicago Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson have proved time and time again that they are going to take the best player available. With the Bulls getting the 14th pick in Tuesday night's lottery, let's take a look at some of the directions they could go on draft night:
1. Point-guard depth: On the surface, this appears to be a glaring need for the Bulls heading into free agency. Derrick Rose comes into the 2016-17 season in the final year of a max contract. It remains to be seen if the Bulls will decide to use some of their cap space on a reserve. E'Twaun Moore is an unrestricted free agent. Aaron Brooks isn't expected to be back. In a guard-heavy draft, the Bulls might look to add depth in the form of a player such as Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson or Kentucky's Tyler Ulis.
2. Big-man depth: Pau Gasol is probably headed elsewhere after two All-Star seasons in Chicago. Joakim Noah could be on his way out as well. With that in mind, the Bulls need to make sure they head into next season with a few more big men to play alongside Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and Cris Felicio. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla recently said on ESPN 1000 that there isn't as much high-level depth outside of the top 10. Michigan State's Denzel Valentine makes sense in that he could play several positions, just like another former Spartan, Golden State's Draymond Green. Valentine fits the mold of player the Bulls usually go for in the draft: a solid prospect with a good pedigree and from a well-known program.
3. Athleticism: Aside from All-Star Jimmy Butler, there isn't much athleticism on the Bulls' roster. Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic have shown flashes of promise in their first two seasons, but neither has become the type of consistent player the Bulls envisioned. Tony Snell was given plenty of opportunities this past season, but he never took advantage of them. Maybe McDermott and Mirotic can turn the corner next season, but the Bulls would be wise to add another athletic wing in the draft if one falls to them. Syracuse's Malachi Richardson helped lead the Orange into the Final Four. He has generated a lot of buzz since last week's combine.