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Draft scores have been a Forman forte

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose became youngest MVP NBA during ceremony May 3 2011 Lincolnshire Illinois. He shares stage with

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP of the NBA during a ceremony May 3, 2011 in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He shares the stage with coach of the year Tom Thibodeau (C) and Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Gar Forman doesn’t want to be typecast, but since taking over as the Bulls’ general manager in May 2009, he definitely has had a profile he aims to fill on draft day.

‘‘When I say ‘culture,’ we want to get guys that fit with the guys we have,’’ he once said. ‘‘We’ve got guys that are workers, guys that have been a part of winning, guys that will accept roles. And again, that’s where a lot of our digging fits in. More times than not, we’re going to go with makeup and character.’’

The choices have stuck.

Of the 10 players the Bulls have under contract, six were drafted and homegrown: Kirk Hinrich (2003), Joakim Noah (2007), Derrick Rose (2008), Taj Gibson (2009), Jimmy Butler (2011) and Marquis Teague (2012). Luol Deng was acquired in a draft-night deal in 2004.

Forman was at the helm when Gibson, Butler and Teague were selected. All three came from big programs and were unafraid to bring their lunch pails and hardhats to the court each day.

More important for Forman and the Bulls, all three were late picks. Drafting is a team effort with the scouting department and John Paxson, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, but Forman’s ability to hit on players later in the draft is a highlight on his r

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Gibson was the 26th pick in the first round, Butler was 30th and Teague 25th. Gibson has emerged as a key reserve up front, and Butler is penciled in as the starting two-guard next season. Teague is still a project, but he showed glimpses of becoming a rotation-type player at certain moments during this past season.

But there’s one player who could define the first five drafts for Forman: power forward Nikola Mirotic, who was acquired in a draft-night trade in 2011 for Norris Cole and Malcolm Lee and could be playing in the NBA for the 2014-15 season.



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