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GBB Community 2014 NBA Mock Draft: Pick #8 TRADE ALERT!!

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Chicago Bulls jump up to #8 in a deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Previous Picks: #1#2#3#4#5#6#7
Team and Draft Order Representative GM Player Selected
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Faulkner Andrew Wiggins
#2 Milwaukee Bucks Kwhittington Joel Embiid
#3 Philadelphia 76ers KellyMelvina Jabari Parker
#4 Orlando Magic BluesCityJoe Dante Exum
#5 Philadelphia 76ers (from Utah) KellyMelvina Aaron Gordon
#6 Boston Celtics Dekebarron Noah Vonley
#7 LA Lakers Tonyallenismyhomeboy Marcus Smart

The second major trade in the Grizzly Bear Blues Community Mock Draft sees the Chicago Bulls jump 11 spots into the top 10.

Trade summary

Kings receive:

  • Taj Gibson
  • Tony Snell
  • #19 pick

Bulls receive:

  • Derrick Williams
  • Travis Outlaw
  • #8 pick

Before the pick is announced for the Bulls, let's break down the trade for both sides. First, from the Sacramento Kings point of view: Why would the Kings make this trade? It's simple. They need a reliable, proven big to put next to DeMarcus 'Boogie' Cousins, and I'm not sure there is a better hand-in-glove fit than the 2013-2014 6th Man of the Year, Taj Gibson.

Gibson is a hard-nosed rebounding machine who has developed a rock solid jumper and good post skills. He paired with Cousins would give the Kings front-court security moving forward. Tony Snell is a 22-year-old 6'7" combo-wing who has a 7' wingspan. Snell has excellent defensive potential and could one day develop into a starting level 2 or 3. He can do all of the garbage work that current small forward Rudy Gay does not.

Now, for the Bulls perspective: The Bulls receive former #2 overall pick out of Arizona Derrick Williams. Williams has been, for the most part, a disappointment in the NBA to date; however, Tom Thibodeau is widely regarded as one of the top 3 coaches in the entire league, so maybe, just maybe, he can make that talent manifest itself in Chicago.

Travis Outlaw has been an excellent role player throughout his career in the NBA. He is a good shooter, as well as, a good defender of either forward position. He has a body type similar to Luol Deng and that's how I envision him being used for the Bulls in a similar role as Deng.

Now, with the 8th pick in the 2014 GBB Community Mock Draft, the Chicago Bulls select:

8) Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky


Randle is a perfect fit here at 8. The Bulls have decided to go in a different direction at the power forward spot, moving on form Carlos Boozer. The 6'9" 4-man form the National Championship runners-up Kentucky Wildcats is ready to make an impact from day one in the NBA. He features an NBA ready body, exceptional post moves, a soft touch around the basket, and a motor that constantly runs. Also, Julius Randle was an elite rebounder in college averaging 10.4.

With a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy/Travis Outlaw, Julius Randle, and Joakim Noah, the Bulls would be poised to make a run at the Eastern Conference crown and contend for an NBA Campoinship.