Taking a look at the players selected by the Bulls in the last 3 drafts. One thing is clear: Draftin ain’t easy.
|2008||NBA||1||1||Derrick Rose||University of Memphis|
|2008||NBA||2||39||Sonny Weems||University of Arkansas|
Notes: Weems was dealt to Denver and the Bulls got back Omer Asik, who is still playing overseas. He’s a 7’0″, 255 lb. Center that has played in the Turkish League and Euroleague. Rose is the reigning Rookie of the Year, the face of the franchise and the hope for the future. Draft Grade: A+
|2007||NBA||1||9||Joakim Noah||University of Florida|
|2007||NBA||2||49||Aaron Gray||University of Pittsburgh|
|2007||NBA||2||51||JamesOn Curry||Oklahoma State University|
Notes: I couldn’t even tell you where Curry was last year. Gray is a 10th-12th man type, fundamentally decent but not strong or fast enough to make an impact. Noah finally started to become the player I thought he would be after watching him at Florida. He still needs more strength and some kind of move around the basket. Draft Grade: B-
|2006||NBA||1||2||LaMarcus Aldridge||University of Texas|
|2006||NBA||1||16||Rodney Carney||University of Memphis|
Notes: Aldridge was traded for Tyrus Thomas. Aldridge may not be as good defensively or as athletic as Thomas, but he is a bonafide scorer and does almost everything well. Carney was dealt for Sefolosha. Sefolosha was dealt for the #26 pick in this draft. This grade will likely change based on what the Bulls get at 26. But for now: Draft Grade: B-
They had the top pick last year and made the best possible choice they could. The 2007 draft was not very good, so I gave the Bulls a B- with the Noah/Gray picks. But in 2006 the Bulls passed on Brandon Roy, Randy Foye and Rajon Rondo.