Jan 22, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Joseph Bertrand (2) and Brandon Paul (3) and Nnanna Egwu (32) cheer during the final moments of the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in the second half. Illinois won 71-51. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Basketball Roundtable: Would Brandon Paul Fit with the Chicago Bulls?


The staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about whether or not Brandon Paul would fit with the Chicago Bulls. Some mock drafts have the former Illinois guard being drafted by the Bulls in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Mar 24, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Illinois FIghting Illini guard Brandon Paul (3) reacts against the Miami Hurricanes in the second half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Frank Erwin Center. Miami beat Illinois 63-59. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky: Some are predicting that Brandon Paul will be selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the NBA Draft at 49th overall. As a Bulls fan, I would love BP3 on the Bulls, but it depends on who they take in the first round. Right now, nbadraft.com has the Bulls going shooting guard in the first round in Tony Snell, but that is if he is still there. Personally, I wouldn’t mind taking Paul in the second round, but not if we go SG in the first. I’m hoping Shabazz Muhammad falls to the Bulls and then we can take BP3 in round #2.

Austin: Brandon Paul, or BP3 if you are nasty, would be a perfect fit in Chicago. Why? They need a guy that can space the floor and can shoot well to compliment Derrick Rose. That said, Paul showed last season that he can space the floor, and if a shot needs made, the guy has ice water in his veins (Just ask Minnesota and Hawaii).

If Chicago had Rose and Paul going together game in and game out, assuming Paul got a little more consistent, they would be a pretty hard team to beat. Paul showed that he can compete with the best in basketball, and he showed that he can help any team achieve success. Chicago would be no different.

Ryan: There’s no reason Brandon Paul wouldn’t fit with the Chicago Bulls as a potential bench scoring option. As it stands now, the Bulls could possibly lose Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, and Daequan Cook who will all be Unrestricted Free Agents this off season. If the Bulls lose all 3 they will certainly be looking to back fill those roster spots with viable scoring options, and they could do worse than taking Brandon Paul with their 49th overall pick in the 2nd round.  I do not see Paul as a fit for them in the 1st round at #20 overall, but taking a shot at #49 certainly seems feasible.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Would Brandon Paul fit with the Chicago Bulls?

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