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.