Chicago Bulls: 5 times Jerry Krause whiffed in the NBA Draft as GM

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5. Marcus Fizer, Forward

With their first round pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, Krause and the Bulls picked up the 6-foot-9 and 262 pound former Iowa State Cyclones small/power forward Marcus Fizer. The Bulls picked Fizer with the fourth overall pick in the abysmal 2000 NBA Draft class. There very likely won’t be any Hall-of-Famers that come out of this draft class.

And the 2000 draft class even found it hard to spot many All-Star selections. Beyond the likes of Hedo Turkoglu, Michael Redd, Jamal Crawford, Mike Miller, Kenyon Martin, and Jamaal Magliore, there wasn’t much from this rookie class.

The Bulls did get fortunate that they found a solid addition to the backcourt rotation when they traded Chris Mims for Crawford. As one of the brightest spots of this dismal draft class across the board, Crawford was a good pickup and saved this Bulls rookie class.

On the other hand, Fizer didn’t do anything to help their case. Fizer would spend four seasons with the Bulls. Injuries were a constant problem during those four seasons too. Fizer averaged 10.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.5 steals, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 19.4 percent from beyond the arc.

All that Fizer contributed to the Bulls cause was 2.2 win shares to go along with a -3.8 box plus/minus rating, -2.4 value over replacement player rating, and 13.7 player efficiency rating. He was one of the biggest draft busts in franchise history.

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