Chicago Bulls Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Highlights

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterJune 24, 2014

Creighton's Doug McDermott, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 11th overall by the Denver Nuggets during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The Chicago Bulls were one of the best defensive teams in the NBA last season, but desperately need some offense in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Whatever transpires with the Bulls on draft night, keep it locked here for timely updates and analysis of every Chicago selection.

The 2014 NBA draft takes place Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.


No. 32 pick - Second Round - 11:45pm (ET)

Chicago selects Cameron Bairstow, PF, New Mexico (6'10", 252 pounds)

After trading for McDermott, the Bulls get another four-year college player in Bairstow who should be able to contribute immediately.

Bairstow exploded onto the scene as a senior, leading the Mountain West Conference in scoring with 20.4 points per game.

The Bulls could very well amnesty Carlos Boozer this offseason, and need an additional big to help back up Taj Gibson. Bairstow will have to fight for minutes, but is a good draft choice for Chicago this late.

Grade: B-

CHICAGO, IL - May 15:  NBA draft prospect Cameron Bairstow participates in drills during the 2014 Draft Combine on May 15, 2014 at Quest Multisport in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or usi
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Trade - 8:50pm (ET)

Chicago Bulls Receive: No. 11 pick (Doug McDermott)
Denver Nuggets Receive: No. 16, 19 picks

In the first big trade of the night, the Bulls have dealt both their first-round selections to the Nuggets for the rights to Creighton forward McDermott.

McDermott immediately fills a need for Chicago with his outside shooting. He averaged 26.7 points on 56.7 percent shooting from the field and 44.9 percent from deep.

The knock on McDermott has been his defense, as he's a bit of a tweener forward who could struggle to guard bigger, quicker players. The Bulls are a perfect fit for him, as they possess a plethora of defenders in Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson to help hide him.

Chicago had the worst team field goal percentage last season at just 43.2 percent, via

Despite having to give up both first-rounders, this was a great move for the Bulls.

Grade: A-


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