Chicago Bulls: NBA draft bios
Player: Jimmy Butler
Background: A native of Texas who played his college ball at Marquette
Birth date: Sep 14, 1989
Strengths: On paper, Butler appears to be a Tom Thibodeau type of player. He is a versatile perimeter player who defends effectively. As a senior with the Golden Eagles, he averaged 15.8 points per a game, scoring both inside and outside. He has overcome great adversity in his life to get where he is. That obviously speaks very highly of both his determination and his character. He could be used as a backup for Bulls small forward Luol Deng next season. ESPN's Chad Ford rated him as the eighth best small forward in the draft.
Weaknesses: At 6-8, Butler is a bit of a ‘tweener. He lacks great quickness and explosiveness, according to Ford. He's not a great outside shooter, having hit 20 of 58 3-point attempts as a senior.
Career highlight: Butler had 30 points and six rebounds in Marquette's loss to Cincinnati this past March. He also scored double digits in all three of Marquette's NCAA tournament games this season.
Player: Nikola Mirotic
Background: Native of Montenegro; played last season in the Spanish League with Real Madrid
Birth date: Feb 11, 1991
Strengths: You can't teach size, and at 6-foot-10 with a 7-1 wing span, Mirotic has an abundance of it. Mirotic plays both forward positions for Real Madrid. His skill set, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, is typical for a European big guy. He shoots well from outside and is a creative passer. He possesses the ability to defend multiple positions. Ford rated Mirotic as the No. 5 small forward prospect in this year's draft.
Weaknesses: Mirotic's contract will likely prevent him from playing in the NBA for a few seasons -- but that might be a reason the Bulls drafted him. Ford indicates that Mirotic lacks athletic ability -- a fact that is evident when he struggles to rebound.
Career highlight: Mirotic gained notoriety with his strong showing -- a 14-point, seven-rebound effort -- at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit.