Marquette’s Jimmy Butler Joins the Chicago Bulls

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Marquette small forward Jimmy Butler was one of 54 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month.  He’ll soon be heading back down I-94 again, this time as a member of the Chicago Bulls . GM Gar Forman selected him with the 30th (last) pick in the first round of the draft last night. Forman talked with the media after the draft about Butler, and said he envisions him playing some two in addition to the three.

Chicago’s GM said that Butler was exactly who they wanted, and was shocked that he was available at that position. It’s pretty obvious that Chicago is in dire need of a shooting guard, and outside shooting in general, which is not Butler’s strengths. But then again, after Klay Thompson, there were real legit SG prospects in this draft. Butler said hes working on his shot though.

And he has something else that fits in well with the Bulls- defense.

By Paul M. Banks

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The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Draft Headquarters

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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!  The Sports Bank has all the in-depth information to get you ready for Thursday’s 2011 NBA Draft.  Consider this page our headquarters for all you need to know; from our 2011 NBA Mock Draft, prospect scouting reports, team needs pages, interviews from the NBA Draft Combine, and so much more.

By: David Kay

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2011 NBA Mock Draft- Second Round 6-23-11

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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!!! Here is the latest second round of our 2011 NBA Mock Draft.  Be sure to check back throughout the day for updates.  Click on the players’ name for a complete scouting report and an NBA comparison.  Click on the team name for a look at their off-season needs.  Here is a list of outstanding trades for the 2011 NBA Draft.  Check out a 2012 NBA Mock Draft and our 2010 NBA Draft Lottery Re-Do.

UPDATED: 6/23/11 (5:20 P.M.)

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Marquette’s Jimmy Butler Helping NBA Draft Stock, Named Portsmouth MVP

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Jimmy Butler may not overwhelm or particularly “wow” you with any specific aspect of his game.  That is part of the reason he was robbed and only received All-Big East Honorable Mentions this past season despite clearly being the most important all-around player for Marquette.

Still, Butler is starting to gain some steam as a NBA prospect after helping lead Marquette to the Sweet 16 and earning MVP honors at this weekend’s Portsmouth Invitational (a camp for college seniors where NBA scouts get to further analyze their NBA Draft prospects.)

By: David Kay

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NBA Draft Stock Report: NCAA Tournament Edition

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Even though it is just one game or a few games, the NCAA Tournament can do wonders to either help or hurt a college basketball player’s NBA Draft Stock. Here are some players who have seen their stock rise and fall since tourney time has tipped-off

By: David Kay
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