2011 Chicago Bulls Draft Recap and Report Card

Bulls decide to add depth for next season and beyond.

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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Chad Ford Gives Bulls A Solid B

This was a pretty difficult Draft to find talent in, but there were some teams that definitley came out of the 2011 NBA Draft better than when they went in. According to most of the outlets that offer grades on NBA picks, the Bulls were one of those teams. While they didn't come away with any one guy who will be able to make a significant and immediate impact, they did add some serious value, and that is what the Draft is all about.

ESPN's Chad Ford gave the Bulls a solid B for their efforts. Here is how he presents the Bulls pick of Jimmy Butler.

Butler will not be a star, but he will play his role off the bench. He can guard multiple positions, has a great work ethic, and has the maturity to fit into a veteran team. When you factor in all that he's overcome in his life, it's not hard to believe he'll succeed.

Like he says, Butler is the kind of guy who will will himself into a rotation. Mirotic has value down the line and might be able to contribute a few years from now. Not bad for a couple picks in a crummy draft.


Chicago Bulls Draft Recap

The one night of the year you don’t mind if your team was bad is draft night. If you are a fan of a bad team then draft night is like your Super Bowl or World Series. You most likely have a high pick and if your GM is competent you should get a player that will help turn your franchise around.

For the Chicago Bulls they are on the opposite end of that spectrum. In a draft that doesn’t appear to have many future all-stars, the Bulls had the 28th and 30th selections in the first round. When your team finishes with the best record in the league, you are in a position to maybe find a diamond in the rough or most likely add depth to your roster.

The Bulls went with the depth option both in the short term and long term. With the 30th selection the Bulls went with a shooting guard/small forward selecting Jimmy Butler from Marquette. Although Butler doesn’t really solve the Bulls need for a scorer, he is a fantastic defender who can shut down most small forwards and shooting guards. Butler should contribute to the Bulls rotation at some point in the 2011-2012 season.

To possibly help in the long term, the Bulls packaged their other two picks and traded for the rights to the 23rd pick Nikola Mirotic. It will be interesting to see if and when this selection will come to the Bulls. Mirotic is currently under contract with Real Madrid in Spain for a few more seasons. The Bulls would have the option to buy out the contact, but reports are that it would be very expensive.

Mirotic probably would have been a lottery pick if it wasn’t for the uncertainty of his desire to play in the NBA and the expensive buyout he has with Real Madrid. The 6’10", 210 pound forward is a great shooter who is probably NBA ready, but if he does have plans to play at the power forward position will probably need to bulk up.

Since the Bulls only will have the one first round pick on their books in 2011-2012, this should allow them to upgrade the shooting guard position through free agency. This is all of course depending on what happens with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and if/when there will be a lockout.


2011 NBA Draft Grades: Bulls Get A B+ From SB Nation

The Chicago Bulls entered the 2011 NBA Draft without the ability to make much of an impact. They had two extremely late first round picks, and a mid second round pick in a Draft that everyone was calling the worst in years. With a couple trades, they turned those three picks into one player (Jimmy Butler) and an overseas development project (Nikola Mirotic). It isn't the splashiest Draft ever assembled, but it seems very solid, and it has a lot of fans in those giving out grades.

SB Nation's Tom Ziller has been handing out grades all morning, and he gives the Bulls a very solid B+. Here is his rationale.

There's not a ton of help here for next year; Butler could replace Keith Bogans in the rotation, in theory, but you can't expect too much offense out of him right away. Like, he's not going to outplay Ronnie Brewer or Kyle Korver.

But at No. 30 in an iffy draft, can you expect much more?

So, it seems like Ziller doesn't expect the guys they took to contribute all that much, but also that his expectations were low enough to make this a successful haul. That's good, right? I think that's good.


Bulls Trade Two Picks For Rights to Nikola Mirotic

The Chicago Bulls have pulled off a draft day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Bulls have sent picks 28 and 43 to the T-Wolves for the rights to Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic was selected by Minnesota with the 23rd pick. The power forward from Spain isn’t likely to play for the Bulls for at least four seasons. Mirotic is currently under contract with Real Madrid and the buyout would be expensive.

This trade was made by the Bulls most likely to avoid having two more guaranteed contracts with a lockout looming.


Bulls Use Second First Round Pick On Shooting Guard

The Chicago Bulls used their second first round selection to take Marquette shooting guard Jimmy Butler.

Butler, 6’7" 220, is considered a swing man who can play both shooting guard and small forward.

The Tomball,Texas native is known as a tenacious defender and is extremely athletic. Many experts compare Butler’s game to that of former Bull Thabo Sefalosha.


Bulls Select Point Guard Norris Cole With 28th Pick

The Chicago Bulls used their first pick in the 2011 draft, 28th overall, to select point guard Norris Cole from Cleveland State University. Cole, 6'1", 170, according to many scouts is considered the fifth best point guard in this years draft.

The 22 year old from Dayton, Ohio is considered a gym rat known to take thousands of jump shots after practice had completed.

Cole is your typical pass first, shoot second, old school point guard. He is an excellent defender which defensive minded coach Tom Thibodeaux will love.

This will not be the first member of Norris Cole's family to play professional sports. His cousin is Trent Cole, an all-pro defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bulls also own the 30th pick in the first round.

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