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Three Chicago Bulls players have earned recognition from the NBA for the 2014-15 season.
On Monday, Bulls rookie forward Nikola Mirotic was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The Rookie of the Year runner-up averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds and shot 40.5 percent from the field during the regular season. Mirotic joins Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers), Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers), Elfrid Payton (Orlando Magic) and Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) on the First Team.
Jimmy Butler was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday along with Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) and John Wall (Washington Wizards). Butler was also named to the All-Defensive Second team for the 2013-14 season.
Pau Gasol rounded out the Bulls’ player recognitions by being named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday. In his first season with the Bulls, Gasol averaged a double-double of 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in the regular season. He hasn’t averaged a double-double since the 2011-12 season when he was still with the Lakers. LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) are also on the All-NBA Second Team.
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