No Luck Here: Chicago Bulls Move Down to No.7 in NBA Draft

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The Chicago Bulls had high hopes going into this past Tuesday’s 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. Equipped with the No. 6 slot in the draft order, the Bull entered the lottery with a 18.3 percent chance of getting the top-three pick and a 5.3 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.

  • In case you don’t understand how the lottery works, via Tankathon.com:
  • The 1st overall pick is awarded by a drawing of ping pong balls
  • The 2nd overall pick is awarded by a drawing of ping pong balls
  • The 3rd overall pick is awarded by a drawing of ping pong balls
  • Remaining lottery teams, sorted by record, fill out picks 4-14
Playoff teams, sorted by record, are assigned picks 15-30 – playoff seeds and outcomes have no impact
The lottery itself was held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The Bulls were represented by team president and chief operating office Michael Reinsdorf, son of owner Jerry. Lady luck was not on the Bulls side however, as they were jumped by the Sacramento Kings, who vaulted all the way up to the No. 2 pick in the draft. What made the results sting even more for Bulls fans was the fact that Chicago and Sacramento finished with the same record, 27-55. Chicago won a coin flip to get the 6th spot (combination of numbers), meaning that winning the coin flip cost the Bulls the second pick in a top-heavy draft class.
Even with the disappointing results, their is hope for Chicago Bulls fans. Though the lottery moved them down one spot to No. 7, all is not lost. The Bulls have two huge needs on the roster at small forward and center. Whoever they bring in from the 2018 NBA Draft will join the team’s young core of Lauri Markkanen (20 years old), Kris Dunn (24) and Zach LaVine (23).
The most likely candidates available at the No. 7 spot are Villanova wing Mikal Bridges, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges (no relation), Duke center Wendell Carter Jr. and Texas center Mo Bamba, who had the longest recorded wingspan in NBA combine history at 7-feet, 10-inches. All of these players would fill a valuable role in Chicago.
The Chicago front office is likely hoping to go for a prospect with NBA superstar potential, that means Oklahoma guard Trae Young, who has often been compared to Steph Curry and Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. are likely high on the Bulls personal draft board. Porter, specifically, has been linked to Chicago heavily. Bulls Reddit users have banned together in excitement as Porter has continuously posted pictures of himself in Chicago throughout his offseason. He even made an appearance at a Bulls game at the United Center and has said he considers himself a fan of the team. The silky-smooth 6-foot, 10-inch forward was the top-ranked prospect in his high school class before the uber-athletic, 6-foot, 11-inch Marvin Bagley III reclassified (also another player the Bulls would covet). Porter suffered a back injury at the start of his college career, and where he is drafted is heavily dependent on his medical information giving him a clean bill of health. Either way, there is definitely no need to worry, as Chicago will be adding another talented rookie to a youthful team that has already outplayed expectations.
Full First Round Order via NBA.com:
1. Phoenix 
2. Sacramento 
3. Atlanta
4. Memphis 
5. Dallas
6. Orlando 
7. Chicago 
8. Cleveland  (from Brooklyn via Boston)
9. New York 
10. Philadelphia  (from Los Angeles Lakers via Phoenix)
11.Charlotte
12. LA Clippers (from Detroit)
13. LA Clippers
14. Denver 
15. Washington
16. Phoenix (from Miami)
17. Milwaukee
18. San Antonio
19. Atlanta (from Minnesota)
20. Minnesota (from Oklahoma City via Utah)
21. Utah
22. Chicago
 (from New Orleans)
23. Indiana
24. Portland
25. Los Angeles Lakers
 (from Cleveland)
26. Philadelphia
27. Boston
28. Golden State
29. Brooklyn
 (from Toronto)
30. Atlanta (from Houston via LA Clippers)

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