Experts see Bulls taking Wade
ESPN's Andy Katz believes Wade "could end up being the best player in this draft next season."
Posted June 17, 2003
With the 2003 NBA Draft right around the corner, experts across the country are fine-tuning their mock drafts as teams wrap up with player evaluations and overseas scouting trips. A majority of writers and experts are in agreement on whom they believe the Bulls will select with their number seven pick: Marquette guard Dwyane Wade. Below are predictions and comments from various members of the media about what the Bulls will do on June 26.
ChicagoSports.com: Mickael Pietrus
Comments: The Bulls have gained a lot of size from the draft in recent years in the form of Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler, but now they need to address their lack of a proper shooting guard. Pietrus, who is 6-6 and can play either small forward or shooting guard (his natural position), should be able to help the Baby Bulls continue to mature and could find himself starting if he has a decent training camp for the Bulls.
ESPN.com: Dwyane Wade
Comment: Hometown boy will be more productive than Curry.
ESPN.com Insider: Chad Ford and Andy Katz: Dwyane Wade
Katz’s comments: Wade could end up being the best player in this draft next season. Sure, Anthony is ready to score, but so is Wade, who has leadership skills that should play well in Chicago. If the Bulls start talking trade with some of their perimeter players, then Wade becomes even more valuable. He's not an exceptional shooter, but he finds a way to get to the basket and finish. There is still a chance the Bulls could package this pick or go with a foreign product like Michael Pietrus. But right now, it's still too hard to pass on the proven Wade.
Ford’s comments: Wade's going to be a big-time NBA player, but the Bulls won't take him here. They're high on France's Mickael Pietrus right now, and for good reason. He's taller than Wade, is a better defender and he's got a better perimeter shot. GM John Paxson was in France this weekend getting yet another look at Pietrus. [Bulls.com editor’s note: Paxson did not make the trip to France this past weekend.] Wade does have some nice intangibles and a freakishly long wingspan, but I think the size issue hurts him in Chicago. With an already crowded backcourt of Jay Williams and Jamal Crawford, why draft yet another combo guard when you already have two fighting for playing time? If the Bulls, however, decide to trade Williams or Crawford, Wade would start to make more sense.
FOXSports.com | Frank Burlison: Dwyane Wade
Comment: Should he join Jamal Crawford, Jay Williams and Jalen Rose, it would mean the Bulls would have four players with point guard skills, if not inclination.
Comments: The best international player his age behind Darko Milicic. Has good size, great versatility and excellent fundamentals. Comparison: Dirk Nowitzki.
NBA.com (scout predictions): Dwyane Wade
Western Conference scout’s comments: "They need a two. And if you consider Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry fours, then they need a center as well."
Eastern Conference scout’s comments: "They may go two guard. They also need someone to backup Jalen Rose. They could also trade down; [and] get same guys down the road. I don't know if a two guard should be drafted that high."
NBADraft.net: Dwyane Wade
NBCSports.com | Ray Glier: Dwyane Wade
Comments: The Bulls are looking for a dynamic player to come off the wing. Here’s their guy. He could even play some point guard for them. Listed at 6-4, Wade plays bigger and will be a very good pro.
Comments: It goes without saying that the Bulls will take a shooting guard here after a year of watching Trenton Hassell misplay the position. Pietrus, originally from the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, is an athletic slasher who should handle the guys whom Jalen Rose can't (or won't) cover.
SportingNews.com | Sean Deveney: Dwyane Wade
Comments: Skilled, high-flying wing man would fit well with the Bulls' kids. This is a tradable pick, though.
SportsLine.com | Tony Mejia: Jarvis Hayes
Comments: The first pick of the Jerry Krause-less era sure is a toss-up. Don't be shocked if Chicago, already loaded with young talent, shops the pick. Maciej Lampe could be a nice fit due to Chicago's heavy Polish contingent, but he's quite the gamble.