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2014 NBA Draft: Bulls select Cameron Bairstow with the 49th pick

Former New Mexico forward Cameron Bairstow will teammate up with his former teammate Tony Snell in Chicago.

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Now former New Mexico Lobos forward Cameron Bairstow has taken in the late second round with the 49th pick as the Chicago Bulls took Bairstow. Baristow has has a great college and international career for Australia. He was the 2014  Mountain West tournament MVP and first-team all-Mountain West last season; plus he played at the World University Games for Australia in the summer of 2013 and played well.

Bairstow broke out in his senior year after having just so-so numbers in his first three years in Albuquerque, and then in his senior year he averaged 20.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. Plus, Bairstow is solid defensively by averaging 1.5 blocks per game and nearly one steal as well.

Here is what Draft Express says about Bairstow's unique offensive game

... his 18.4 possessions used per game were tops in this group [of power forwards]. With 28% of his offense coming from post-ups on 1.08 points per possession, as well as 29.4% of his offense coming from jump shots at an incredible 1.04 points per possession, few had the inside-outside game that Bairstow flashed. Bairstow has some defensive concerns, and it would be beneficial if he could extend his range out to three point territory, but the diversity of his skill set could get him a look.

Heading to Chicago is a good spot for Bairstow who need some depth at the power forward/center position to go behind Joakim Noah, but the Bulls are also in some what of a penny pinching mode as they are trying to lure Carmelo Anthony and/or LeBron James.

Also, if Bairstow makes the Bulls roster he will be playing with former New Mexico teammate Tony Snell who Chicago took last year. There is also talk that he may be a player who makes his mark overseas.