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Backup small forward Jimmy Butler
The Bulls spent one of their two first-round picks in the 2011 NBA draft on small forward Jimmy Butler out of Marquette. As a rookie, Butler saw limited playing time as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had his rotation already in place.
The 6'7" Butler played well in four summer league games scoring 23+ points in three out of four games. He also put up 6.5 rebounds per game to add to his solid scoring output. This is promising for the Bulls and with an almost entirely new bench Butler figures to be in a position to fight for minutes.
In this year's NBA draft the Bulls selected Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague, brother of the Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague, with the 29th overall pick.
Teague started the year slowly for the Wildcats but got stronger as the season went on. He has the potential to be a very solid defensive player and his immense athletic ability allows him to create not only for himself, but for his teammates.
He has good size for the point guard position and scouts have said best-case scenario would have Teague be a comparable player to Kyle Lowery. Not bad for the second-to-last pick in the first round.
One other player to listen for is Nikola Mirotic. He won't be joining the team this season, however, he could come over from Real Madrid next season if the Bulls can work out a deal with Real to get him released from his contract.
Mirotic has a strong outside game while standing 6'10" and has won an MVP award for the FIBA U-20 Championship. Hopefully the Bulls can get him to Chicago sooner rather than later.