The Draft

Despite a solid collegiate career, Butler wasn’t exactly drawing tons of attention from NBA scouts. Marquette head coach Buzz Williams however was calling all the GMs and trying to convince them that Butler would be a great pick in the draft. Every scout said that Butler’s workouts with their team were stellar and he showed great promise, but none were sold on drafting him in the first round. Current L.A Clippers and then Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he saw promise in Butler but wouldn’t have considered drafting him very early. However, Bulls GM Gar Forman saw something in him. The Bulls were coming off of a 60 win season and had the last pick in the first round, so they made a gamble. They drafted Jimmy Butler, and they couldn’t have ever expected how high he would go.