In 2006 the Chicago Bulls had 2 small guards, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordan, starting in their backcourt. Coming off a nice season and a great trade with the Knicks they held the second pick in the NBA draft. Looking back it was a bad draft. Sure some good players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay came out of it but there was also Adam Morrison, Randy Foy and Patrick O'Bryant.
Originally the Bulls drafted LaMarcus Alridge but ended up trading his draft rights to Portland for the draft rights of Tyrus Thomas who was drafted 4th. I wasn't that big of an Alridge fan but the guy I really wanted the Bulls to draft ended up in Portland with him and was drafted just a few picks later. Brandon Roy was a 6'6 serior guard from Washington who could shoot, score and handle the ball. He was going to be the answer to my prayers. A big guard who could play alongside either Kirk Hinrich or Ben Gordon. Ideally I imagined a Roy-Hinrich starting combo with Gordon returning to his award winning 6th man role but it could work the other way as well. Sadly it was not to be but now 5 years later the Bulls have a chance to make up for that mistake.
Chicago has their unquestioned star in point guard Derrick Rose and have a big gapping hole next to him which they tried to fill with the like of Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver. Funny thing is Brewer was also a member of the 2006 draft class. In a dream scenario the Bulls would like a big guard who can handle the ball, be a decent shooter and be able to create his own shot. Enter 6'7 guard from Washington State, Klay Thompson.
Thompson is the son of former NBA player, Mychal Thompson, who was the first pick in the 1978 draft. He helped the "Showtime" Lakers win back to back titles in 87 & 88. Klay is the top ranked shooting guard in this draft and is one of the best shooters available. During his senior season he averaged 21.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists while shooting 43.6 % from the field, 83.8% from the line and 39.8 % from 3 point land. And in case you believe that maybe he just had a good season he steadily improved his numbers in each of his 3 seasons at Washington St.
Sounds pretty perfect right? Exactly almost too good to be true. Well it is because currently Klay is projected as a lottery pick while the Bulls hold the 28th & 30 picks in the first round. So how do the Bulls get their hands on Klay? Remember when all you fans were saying we have to trade Omer or Taj for guys like Courtney Lee? Well Thompson is one of the reasons that they didn't make that move.
Chad Ford of ESPN has Thompson going 10th to the Milwaukee Bucks and I have a feeling coach Scott Skiles would love to have someone like Taj Gibson starting at the 4 next to center Andrew Bogut. Would Taj & maybe both the Bulls first round picks be enough to convince the Bucks to make the swap if Klay falls to 10th. I'm not sure but if I'm Gar Foreman I am jumping on the phone to find out while also making some calls to teams around that point in the draft if the Bucks say no.
A starting lineup of Rose, Thompson, Deng, Boozer and Noah would rival for best in the league when they are clicking and would allow to keep the bench mob, which played so well for most of the season, intact minus Gibson. I might be just dreaming but what a sweet dream it would be if it happened.