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Thibodeau, Rose earn NBA's March accolades

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Thibodeau, Rose earn NBA's March accolades

Friday, April 1, 2011
Posted: 4:05 p.m. Updated 7:31 p.m.

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.--With the exception of All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, the Bulls haven't garnered much in the way of individual accolades this season. As the NBA regular season winds down, however, that may be about to change.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was named the Eastern Conference coach of the month for March, during which the Bulls moved up to first place in the East, due to a 13-3 record under the guidance of the first-year coach.

Ironically, one of Thibodeau's predecessors with the Bulls, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, was awarded the honor in the Western Conference. It was the second time this season Thibodeau received the award after earning the honor for January.

Two Bulls players, Luol Deng and Kyle Korver, also received recognition recently.

Deng was named the Central Division nominee for the 2010-11 NBA Sportsmanship Award. Deng previously won the award--named after the top executive of the Bulls' opponent Friday night, Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer Joe Dumars--following the 2006-07 season.

Korver was named a nominee for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, awarded by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). Korver, whose charitable foundation has put on community events for youth in Chicago, as well as his previous NBA stops of Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Omaha, Neb., where he attended college.

Meanwhile, Rose is also up for a PBWA honor: The Magic Johnson Award, which is awarded to "the player who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans."

Rose named Player of the Month

Derrick Rose was named the NBAs Eastern Conference player of the month for March, the league announced Friday.

Rose, who led the Bulls to a 13-3 record in March, notched his career high in assists with 17 in a win at Milwaukee on March 26 and tied his high scoring mark with 42 in a loss at Indiana on March 18. He also set career marks in three-pointers made with six in a win at Atlanta on March 22 and in free throws made and attempted with 18 and 21, respectively, in the aforementioned Indiana loss.

Rose is averaging 25 points per game (the seventh-highest number in the NBA) and 7.9 assists per game (ranked 10th in the league) this season. The third-year All-Star was also the awards recipient in November.

Kobe Bryant of the Lakers was named the Western Conference player of the month

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Workout season could be more important than ever

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NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Workout season could be more important than ever

With Zion Williamson making his NBA regular season debut Wednesday night, we finally got a chance to see what a No. 1 overall draft pick is supposed to look like: an athletic and versatile skill set, with the chance to impact a franchise for years to come. 

2019 No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant also looks like a franchise-changing talent with his speed and playmaking ability, lifting Memphis into playoff contention.

So, which players will have that kind of impact in the 2020 draft?

Well, for now it’s almost impossible to say. James Wiseman, the 7-foot-1 Memphis center, dropped out of school after playing just three games because of an eligibility battle with the NCAA. His size and raw tools are intriguing, but at this point his offensive game is extremely limited.

Meanwhile, Lonzo Ball’s younger brother, LaMelo is sitting out the rest of the Australian professional league season while he rehabs from a foot injury, another Australian professional, R.J. Hampton, just returned from a hip injury and North Carolina’s combo guard Cole Anthony is getting ready to return from a knee injury to finish his one and done season. 

That’s left NBA talent evaluators scrambling in trying to figure out the top of the draft, with only Georgia’s Anthony Edwards healthy and available among the players projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick. 

So, as we get closer to the end of January, here’s a look at how teams could view the available talent, with the understanding that the draft order will change dramatically as NBA scouts and GMs get a look at how players perform in the most important games of the season still to come.

2020 NBA mock draft 3.0

Kemba Walker and Trae Young being named All-Star starters could help Zach LaVine

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Kemba Walker and Trae Young being named All-Star starters could help Zach LaVine

On Thursday, the NBA revealed the East and West starters for the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago. Take a look:


Bulls fans will be honed in on the East selections given Zach LaVine's absence, though his realistic chances of starting the game have been slim-to-none since the first month of the season. In the last round of fan voting returns, LaVine was sixth among Eastern Conference backcourt players. He finished there, as well:


LaVine will get a chance to slide into a reserve slot, but the East’s starting backcourt of Kemba Walker and Trae Young leaves a crowded field to contend with. Guards competing for the seven reserve spots include Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal, Malcolm Brogdon and Jaylen Brown. And that's without mentioning frontcourt favorites in Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis.

But a modicum of good news did come from this announcement for those stumping for LaVine: Kyrie Irving's omission from the starting lineup. Irving, who has only played 15 games this season, had been second in fan voting at the time of last returns. Had he snuck in with the starters, LaVine would have also had Walker or Young to compete with for a reserve spot, both of whom he matches up with unfavorably. One has to figure Irving's odds of being selected by coaches as a reserve aren't high.

LaVine's chances still aren't necessarily great, but the coaches' picks for reserves will be announced on Jan. 30. If LaVine is shorted there, as well, there remains the possibility of an injury replacement down the road, which, commissioner Adam Silver would select (this is probably his best shot).

Once the final pool of players is decided, they'll be drafted by team captains Giannis Antetokoumpo and LeBron James on Feb. 6.

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