In the 2014 NBA Draft, the Bulls wouldn’t find much that they could build with over the long haul. What the Bulls would end up with former Creighton Blue Jays shooting guard Doug McDermott and New Mexico Lobos power forward Cameron Bairstow. McDermott recently found a home with the divisional foe Indiana Pacers, but Bairstow didn’t land lost in the NBA.
Part of the reason why the Bulls couldn’t build much after drafting D-Rose and Butler were the faults in the NBA Drafts in the years following 2011. And the 2014 NBA Draft was a story of misses since they had the likes of Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris and Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic in their grasp, and then they traded them on draft night.
What feels like the best pull from the 2014 NBA Draft to date is the Serbian 7-foot and 250 pound center Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets picked up Jokic in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2014 draft. It was actually Karnisovas that played a large role in the drafting of Jokic. That would help the formation of the Nuggets current core in place.
The Bulls would’ve had multiple chances to snag a player like Jokic. It would’ve been considered a massive reach at the time, so it is understandable how they missed on him. But missing out on Nurkic and Harris is less excusable.
Up to this point, Jokic has two NBA All-Star Selections, one All-NBA Team honor, and a 2015-16 All-Rookie Team selection. He looked to be one of the true MVP contenders this season with the Nuggets. That might still be a possibility.