The Bulls received the 16th pick from the Bobcats in a 2010 trade that sent Tyrus Thomas to Charlotte and was protected until this year.
With two top-20 selections, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Friday that he is confident the team will be able to add two good players if they decide to keep both picks.
"Yeah, the way we look at it is we already know going into next year who our core group is going to be," Paxson said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "You start with Derrick, you start with [Joakim Noah]. Jimmy [Butler] has been terrific as well, and Taj [Gibson]. That's really our core. When you feel good about certain guys on your team, you can look at the draft and you can say, 'OK, what do we need and who are the type of guys who fit what we have?'
"We've done a pretty good job of finding fits for our group, so I think we're confident that we'll get -- if we keep both picks -- two good players in this thing. It's a process, though. Sometimes you take a player that's a little more ready, sometimes you take a guy that might need a little bit more development."
Paxson stopped short of calling this a deep draft, preferring to wait until the final list of eligible players comes out.
"I like to think that in any draft you can find fits for your basketball team," Paxson said. "There's a lot of good players out there, and so that's our job, to find fits for our team, for our coach, for our program -- and that's the task at hand when it comes to the draft."