With so much noise and speculation surrounding Jimmy Butler potentially being dealt to either the Boston Celtics or Minnesota Timberwolves, it was easy to forget that the Bulls actually had a draft selection of their own to make. Holding onto pick No. 14, the Bulls selected Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Boasting averages of 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and shooting 44.4 percent from the 3-point line in his final season with Spartans, Valentine will bring a rounded offensive game to Chicago and will offer head coach Fred Hoiberg another quality passer and shot creator to use within his rotations.
The Bulls certainly have issues with their wing rotation and Valentine will help that almost immediately, but as a limited defender who lacks foot speed, agility and athleticism, the fit with Bulls can be questioned. Already 22-years-old and with past knee issues, one has to imagine that it will be impossible to hide Valentine's defensive woes when sharing the floor with Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott.
Speaking after the Derrick Rose trade, Gar Forman's grand plans of building a younger and more dynamic roster seem to contradict with the drafting of Valentine, particularly when Wade Baldwin and Timothe Luwawu were available for the Bulls at pick No. 14.
How the Bulls develop Valentine will be key, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. If he can develop this area of his game, Valentine can grow into a terrific pick for the Bulls, but only time will tell.
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