NBA draft: Can these players help D-Rose?

June 27, 2012|Chicago Tribune

There hasn't been much to say about how Derrick Rose's knee has been healing lately, so Bulls fans will have to settle for … well, not much, even with the NBA draft taking place Thursday.

Barring a last-minute trade, the Bulls have only one pick in the draft: No. 29 in the first round. And team management has closed workouts to reporters and canceled its customary pre-draft news conference with the general manager.

On the other hand, it's no secret the Bulls are looking to supply Rose with better backcourt running mates. Here are three players the team has worked out, like and are possibilities should it keep its 29th pick in the draft:

Will Barton, Memphis

6-foot-6, 174 pounds

At the predraft camp, Barton said he compares himself to a young Larry Hughes. He's considered more a penetrator than a shooter. Though thin, he's a strong rebounder and scouts cite his competitiveness and work ethic.

John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

6-foot-4, 212 pounds

Widely considered the purest shooter in the draft, Jenkins connected on 43.8 percent of his 3-point shots in college. He's a specialist and will have to improve his ball-handling skills and defense. But his ability to space the floor pairs well with Derrick Rose.

Doron Lamb, Kentucky

6-foot-5, 200 pounds

A strong shooter who isn't fazed by big moments, Lamb also is an accomplished ball-handler who fits the Bulls' desire for a combo guard. Smooth and athletic, his versatility fits the Bulls' mold for players who can guard multiple positions.

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