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Bulls sign draft picks

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James Johnson and Taj Gibson signed their contracts. James, who was selected No. 16 overall, will make approximately $1,595,000 as a rookie. Gibson, the No. 26 pick, will earn approximately $1,040,000 next season. Both signed four-year contracts, standard in the NBA.
Both will take part in the Bulls summer camp which begins tonight. They will also be on the Bulls summer league team which plays five games in Las Vegas beginning Tuesday.
Johnson (6-9, 245) he started 59 of his 61 games at Wake Forest and averaged 14.8 points per game, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.44 blocks. He also shot .514 from the field and .692 from the free throw line. As a sophomore, he led Wake Forest in rebounds (8.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (.542) and was second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg). Johnson, 22, was named Third-Team All-ACC after both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Gibson (6-9, 225) played in 105 games over three seasons with Southern California and averaged 12.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.41 bpg, 1.5 apg and shot .580 from the floor. The Second-Team All-Conference and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year led the Trojans in many categories as a junior in 2008-09, including marks of 9.0 rpg, 2.86 bpg, and .601 field goal shooting. Gibson, 24, is USC's all-time leader in shots blocked with 253 (2.41 bpg), and also ranks third all-time in the Pac-10 Conference in blocks.

Both rookies will make their professional debuts when the Bulls open their 2009 NBA Summer League schedule in Las Vegas on July 14 versus Golden State.

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Now what is the difference between Forman and Paxson, Pax was over-loaded with tweener guards and Gar is over-loaded with skinny big men. So no lesson learned. To me Ellington would have looked better than Gibson and Pargo is Gordon lite he may make a better occasional ball-handler than Gordon but that's it, he is a sub. And now they are talking about another big man when will there be balance?

Gibson actually has better stats than Johnson, and could probably be a replacement, if the Bulls decide to give up on Tyrus Thomas - who I think just lacks veteran savvy.


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