Even general manager Gar Forman acknowledged that this upcoming draft could fall under the ‘‘special’’ label.
“There is a lot of talk about it, but you can never . . . people say good draft, bad draft, strong draft, deep draft, top-heavy, whatever,’’ Forman said. “Our feeling is that if you do your work, there’s always value in the draft, always opportunities there.’’
That’s what the Bulls have counted on recently, whether it was landing Taj Gibson with the 26th pick in the 2009 draft or Jimmy Butler with the 30th pick in 2011. Even rookie Tony Snell, who was the 20th pick last June, is paying dividends lately, starting for an injured Butler.
The Bulls’ mentality is they can land quality starters and rotation guys and not have to be in the lottery to do it.
That’s why Forman and executive vice president John Paxson covet draft picks and also understand that prying picks from other organizations isn’t easy anymore.
“You do get that sense,’’ Forman said. “It’s hard for me to speak on every team, but from the Bulls’ standpoint, we have always put great value in the draft and draft picks. Historically, it’s very rare that we trade a first-round draft pick because we value getting good young players into our organization and we value scouting and feel like we’ve had some level of success, not only when we’ve drafted high but when we’ve drafted in the 20s.
“So there’s always great value in draft picks.’’