Mar 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Mexico Lobos forward Cameron Bairstow (41) reacts following their loss to the Stanford Cardinal in the 2nd round of the 2014 NCAA Men

NBA Draft 2014: Chicago Bulls Select Cameron Bairstow with No. 49 Overall Pick


The Chicago Bulls selected Cameron Bairstow with the No. 49 overall pick, their final pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Although he’s not well known, management was high enough on him to even consider moving up in the draft to secure him.

Bairstow is a 6-foot-10, 252-pound power forward/center from Australia, but he also played four seasons at New Mexico, which makes him a former teammate of current Bulls guard Tony Snell.

In his senior season, Bairstow led his team in scoring with 20.4 points per game while averaging 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks. His 55.6 percent field goal percentage also led the Mountain West Conference.

Defensively, there are some uncertainties. But, according to Derek Bodner of DraftExpress, team defense doesn’t appear to be much of a problem, which could potentially be enough for a Tom Thibodeau team.

Bairstow does do a good job defending the post, however, as his brute strength provides him with a good base to work with in this regard, and he does a good job bodying his man up early and holding his position. Bairstow averaged a modest 1.8 blocks per 40 minutes pace adjusted, and is unlikely to be a major shot blocking presence at the next level, although he does seem to have a solid grasp of team rotation defensive concepts. One area where it would be nice to see some improvement from Bairstow would be on the defensive glass, where his 6.3 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted and 16.6% defensive rebounding rate were both below average for a big man, and are fairly consistent with his production throughout his career. With his lack of projected weakside shot blocking, having an impact on the glass would be a huge addition to his impact on this side of the court.

While the Bulls never truly moved up in the draft, they still traded up. Chicago used their first two picks, No. 16 and 19, on Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris Both players, along with a 2015 second-round pick, will be traded to the Denver Nuggets for their No. 11 pick Doug McDermott and Anthony Harris.

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