How Chicago Bulls whiffed with all five of their picks in the 2000 NBA Draft

Marcus Fizer, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Marcus Fizer, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images /
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Chris Mihm (Traded to Cavaliers)

That trade that the Bulls made in the 2000 NBA Draft night to send Mihm to the Cavaliers for those infamous cash considerations and Crawford would actually involve two of the better players from this class. Mihm did play in roughly one decade during his NBA career. He played in four seasons with the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers each.

Injuries would run him down finally around the turn of the decade. His final season in the NBA would see him play in just 18 games with the Lakers in 2008-09. In 436 games played in his career, Mihm averaged 7.5 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field.

Marcus Fizer

The biggest draft bust in this class for the Bulls was who they picked fourth overall pick in the first round and former Iowa State Cyclones 6-foot-9 and 260 pound forward Marcus Fizer. The fascination that the scouting department and front office would have with this region of the country in the NBA Draft would continue.

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The 2000-01 All-Rookie Team selection would average 9.6 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.5 steals, while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. Fizer ran into injury problems that would limit his development and his career would end after the 2005-06 season with the New Orleans Hornets (Oklahoma City Hornets for part of the year).

Although this draft class still wasn’t great, the likes of Kenyon Martin, Mike Miller, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jamaal Magliore were selected just after Fizer.

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