Ask Sam Mailbag: 04.27.18

How about a top 10 of what happened in the 1st round. Start off with Derrick Rose outplaying Towns, Blazers imploding 

Mike Sutera

Would Bulls management consider taking a huge risk by drafting a player who's coming off back surgery that hardly played regardless the huge upside? 
I see some mock drafts having Bulls selecting Michael Porter Jr. at #6 if he's available but I just can't see this happening as history has shown that Bulls rarely take players that was hurt before the draft. Last time they took a risk on taking a player with a huge upside they ended up getting burned with Tyrus Thomas who's a total bust and out of the NBA.

Tom Choi

Have you written your spring article on which draft picks could be right for the Bulls in June?? I'm still thinking about the NFL Draft... so I haven't gotten to the NBA.

It's amazing how so many players are top picks then don't realize their projections (Jay Williams, Michael Beasely.... How's Fultz doing this year? I agree evaluation is tough. That vision is what separates some of the brilliant GMs who are visionaries from the pretty good..... and then of course you have your incompetent GMs too.

Who knew Steph Curry would be as good as he became? I think visits and watching players in person can be very helpful -   Knowing who they are as people can be as insightful as studying who they are as players on the court.

LongGiang Le

Fun watching the old Bulls and DRose is doing fine. What is Kevin Harlan's preoccupation with calling him Reggie?
Good on him (and Thibs) for playing well.

Greg Young

Joakim Noah shooting the ball.

I could totally see Luol Deng and Joakim Noah joint the t-bulls next year.

Ryan Carpel

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

I think if the Bulls resign Lavine it should be as a Sixth man having Holliday as the starter until the trade deadline.  The signing should one be no more than $54 million which is higher than Butlers offer a few years ago because of contracts going up but lower than recent deals because Lavine is still an unproven talent.  Look at Wiggens hurting the Wolves in that massive deal.  Lavine is not a defensive player and takes too many shots away from other offensive players potentially stunting growth from others.  That is why I want him to be the sixth man plus it may help develop some ability to maybe get us a lower  1st round pick say 25 for Holliday at the trade deadline.  I see the Bulls dealing him and Lopez for 2nd rounder's or in a package for late 1st round pick.  Now if Lavine becomes too expensive I just say let him go he is not worth it.  Chicago's rebuild my need a 2nd straight year of lottery picking which for me to say hurts.  I think this years unexpected 7 games win streak push our expectations.  That doesn't mean over pay Lavine.  This team needs the ability to push for a playoff appearance in 19 yet flexibility in cap room is also important.

Kevin Franzen

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives on Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans at ORACLE Arena on March 14, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Why are the Pelicans playing the Warriors? Lowest seed plays highest seed in each round. So assuming Rockets win vs Wolves, it's 1 Rockets vs 6 Pelicans and 2 Warriors vs 4 Thunder or 5 Jazz. What am I missing here?

Tudor Stanescu

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against C.J. McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game on January 16, 2017 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

Solve everyone's problems:  CJ McCoullom For Bradley Beal
A long offseason for OKC?

Bob Ding

Antonio Blakeney #9 of the Chicago Bulls dunks over Darrell Arthur #00 of the Denver Nuggets at the United Center on March 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Pax comments and others focus on the off season goals for Lauri, Dunn and Levine.  Could you please dissect and comment on your views of the areas of needed improvement for another trio of Nwaba, Blakeney and Payne?  Is it reasonable to think that Nwaba and Payne could develop offensively and Payne and Blakeney could be average or better defensively?  Of the group which has a ceiling higher than what we observed this past season?  What are their constraints?


John Petersen