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2016 Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft: Pick #17- Chicago Bulls!

After Chicago's trade of Mirotic, and the acqusition of Brandan Wright, where will they look at pick #17? The Bulls are on the clock!

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Check out the previous picks and trades in the 2016 Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft here.

With the 17th overall pick in the 2016 GBB Community NBA Mock Draft, the Chicago Bulls select...

Wade Baldwin IV, Guard, Vanderbilt University

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When I pulled the trigger on the trade with Memphis' GM Joe Mullinax, I mentioned that with Gasol and Noah on the way out, Chicago needed depth at center. I was able to add Wright in the deal, but it's likely that Chicago would still like to add more at the position, especially in terms of rim protection.

That being said, it might be better for Chicago to fill the need in their front court via free agency and use the draft to fill their void at backup point guard.

That's where Wade Baldwin IV comes in.

Offensively, Baldwin should be able to come in and contribute immediately. He shoots well from the outside, particularly on catch-and-shoot opportunities, and he's a willing, capable passer. He may need to refine his ability to create off the dribble, though, as well as his ability to finish in the paint. The latter should be helped along at least somewhat by Baldwin's length: he's 6'4" and 202 pounds with a wingspan of close to 7'.

That length will also help Baldwin on the defensive side of the ball. In college, Baldwin showed the sort of lateral quickness that he'll need to defend both guard positions. He may need to work on his concentration (DraftExpress notes that Baldwin "can be prone to being caught sleeping off the ball"), but if he's able to correct mental lapses and stay locked in, there's no reason he can't be a solid defender at the next level.

This pick doesn't come without risks. Baldwin struggled against upper-tier competition in college, and he's still got some rough edges that will need polishing, but overall, the Bulls are still able to get a guy who's arguably the best still available at this point while also being able to fill a need.

Who will Detroit take at #18?

Date Pick/Team Selection Mock GM
June 2nd 1/Philadelphia Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University Joe Mullinax
June 2nd 2/LA Lakers Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU Corban Ford
June 3rd 3/Boston Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, Washington Chip Williams
June 3rd 4/Phoenix Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv Kyle Whittington
June 6th 5/Minnesota Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma Aimee S
June 6th 6/Denver Jamal Murray, Guard, Kentucky Mopizzle11
June 7th 7/Denver Domantas Sabonis, Forward/Center, Gonzaga Mopizzle11
June 7th 8/Sacramento Kris Dunn, Guard, Providence Brandon C
June 8th 9/Toronto Henry Ellenson, Forward, Marquette Tabitha
June 8th 10/Milwaukee Timothe Luwawu, Guard/Forward, Mega Leks Kevin Yeung
June 9th 11/Boston Jaylen Brown, Guard/Forward, California Chip Williams
June 9th 12/Utah Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah BealeStreetKen
June 10th 13/Phoenix Skal Labissiere, Forward/Center, Kentucky Kyle Whittington
June 10th 14/Memphis Denzel Valentine, Guard/Forward, Michigan State Joe Mullinax
June 13th 15/New Orleans Taurean Prince, Forward, Baylor Wes George
June 13th 16/Orlando Deyonta Davis, Forward/Center, Michigan State Daron Koch
June 14th 17/Chicago Wade Baldwin IV, Guard, Vanderbilt Brandon C
June 14th 18/Detroit volislife
June 15th 19/New Orleans Wes George
June 15th 20/Indiana Aimee S
June 16th 21/Atlanta Jama17
June 16th 22/Charlotte Justin Sims
June 17th 23/Orlando Daron Koch
June 17th 24/Philadelphia Joe Mullinax
June 20th 25/LA Clippers Kevin Lipe
June 20th 26/Philadelphia Joe Mullinax
June 21st 27/Toronto Tabitha
June 21st 28/Phoenix Kyle Whittington
June 22nd 29/San Antonio Jill Kong
June 22nd 30/Golden State rhinoh23

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