4. The Bulls blow yet another high lottery pick in the 2018 Draft
Entering the 2018 NBA Draft with the No. 7 overall pick, the Bulls had a real chance to right their previous wrongs and select a player who would be a franchise cornerstone for years to come. Of course, they ended up wasting the pick on Wendell Carter Jr., whom they would subsequently trade away after just two and a half seasons with the team. Even worse, the trade they made was arguably even worse than the decision to draft Wendell in the first place.
After seeing both Shai-Gilgeous Alexander (11th) and Mikal Bridges (10th) blossom on their new teams, it’s incredibly frustrating seeing the Bulls opt for a player that doesn’t fit the modern NBA rather than these two young stars. Even worse, the Bulls wasted the 22nd pick on Chandler Hutchison, who was the worst player selected in the entire first round, when Anfernee Simons (24th) and Jalen Brunson (33rd) were right there for the taking.
5. Tyrese Haliburton would have solved the Bulls’ point guard problem in 2020
Lucking out in the lottery to move up to the 4th spot in 2020, many people thought the Bulls were primed to pick a real franchise player. Unfortunately, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball were already off the board by then, so the newly-appointed front office surprised everyone with their decision to reach for Patrick Williams. Instead of selecting an NBA-ready talent like Tyrese Haliburton, the Bulls picked a project player that would blow up in their face.
Since he’s (regrettably) still the most promising prospect on the team, I have to hold out hope Pat can make good on his future potential, but it’s crushing knowing that the easy selection was right in front of our faces all along with Haliburton. If the Bulls made good on even just one of these drafts with their high picks, the future outlook of this team would be entirely different.
Instead, we’re left to reminisce back on 2011, the last time the Bulls made an impactful draft pick. And now we have to hope he makes the most of his postseason run and wins a championship, even if it’s for another team.