Friday, August 08, 2003

speculation, speculation, speculation....its what ESPN Insider uses to fill up column space. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. This article is a pretty interesting analysis of the '00 draft, which is regarded as one of the worst ever. Unfortunately for the Bulls they had 2 top-10 picks, Fizer and Crawford. Crawford however is mentioned as one of the few who should expect long-term deals this year:
Jamal Crawford, G, Bulls Last year's stats: 10.7 ppg, 4.2 apg, 41 percent shooting from the field The skinny: Crawford finally began to break out the last two months of the season, once he began to get some consistent minutes. In March he averaged 15.9 ppg and 6.7 apg on 45 percent shooting. In April he averaged 23 ppg and 6.5 apg on 47 percent shooting. With Jay Williams out this season, Crawford will be running the Bulls. The Bulls would be better off locking him up now. If he has a huge season, they will be paying a lot more money to keep him next summer. A six-year, $42 million deal should be enough to keep him in the fold.
That sounds like a fair deal, and it just goes to show how much money will have to be paid out to Chandler and Curry in the coming years. Luckily for the Bulls, in today's NBA there are fewer guys getting max money.