Ever since I started this series with the Atlanta Hawks, I have been looking forward to writing about my favorite team, the Bulls. If you think I misjudged a player, comment down below. In addition, one thing I will be doing differently is if they trade their rookie they drafted, for another rookie I will grade the rookie they received like I have been, but now I will grade the trade in general.
2010: Kevin Séraphin (#17) (Rights traded to the Washington Wizards and Kirk Hinrich in exchange for Vladimir Veremeenko)
In hindsight, the trade is an awful trade. The Bulls should have had no business trading Captain Kirk. Despite drafting Derrick Rose, its always good to have another guy who can shoot the ball, and has a good, well-rounded offensive game. To make matters even worse, they traded him for Vladimir Veremeenko never even stepped foot on an NBA court.
2011: Jimmy Butler (#30)
In a stacked draft class, I'm willing to say that Jimmy Buckets was by far the steal of this draft. Being picked 30th, Butler had little, to no expectations. Even at Marquette, he didn't have very high expectations in the NBA after only averaging 15 points, four rebounds and five assists as a Junior. However, Butler grinded at the beginning of his career to prove everybody wrong about him. His rookie season, Butler got about eight minutes of playing time, and seemed like he wasn't getting much better. Three years later however, Butler proved that he was a real force in the NBA, and won the Most Improve Player of the Year award, and made his first all star team after averaging 20 points, six rebounds and three assists. Butler, now in Miami seems like he is back to that all-star form, and is contending for an NBA championship this season.
2012: Marquis Teague (#29)
It is very difficult for me to grade Marquis Teague since he was drafted 29th. Being drafted at that slot, players don't have high expectations, and often preform very poorly in the NBA. And unfortunately for Marquis, he was one of many to do that. He only averaged 2.4 points per game on his career, and was out of the league by 2017. Maybe if Marquis played longer at Kentucky, instead of joining the league at 19 years old he could have gotten more NBA ready and improved his game.
2013: Tony Snell (#20)
Similar to Marquis Teague, Tony Snell, coming out of New Mexico State had very little expectations to play well in the NBA. The reason I give Snell C- is because he is a deep-range deadeye. On his career, he shot 38.5% from three, but his shooting never resulted in any big career, or team success. He is still in the NBA, and plays for the Detroit Pistons and averaged eight points, two rebounds and an assist on 40% from three. Maybe in a few years my grade would change, but I doubt it.
2014: Jusuf Nurkić (#16) and Gary Harris (#19) (Rights traded to the Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph)
In hindsight, it is very easy to say that this was a bad trade. However, McDermott, coming out of Creighton seemed destined to be a star after averaging 27 points a game during his Senior year, along with seven rebounds. The following year, it seemed like Nurkić and Harris had bright futures, and Harris became a candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year while McDermott struggled to find better footing in the NBA. Long story short, both Nurkić and Gary Harris play big parts in their teams success while McDermott has moved around the league, but did average 10 points this season with Indiana.
2015: Bobby Portis (#22)
Bobby Portis was on pace to be a centerpiece for the Bulls future. Once he got settled in, he would average 14 points, and 6 rebounds with the Bulls until he punched Nikola Mirotić in the face. The Bulls had to trade one of them away in order to salvage any chance at team chemistry, and ended up trading both of them away. If it weren't for poor management by the Bulls, one of them could possibly be on the Bulls. They were both on pace to be solid players, and actually, Nikola Mirotić ended up winning his second MVP award overseas in the Euroleague. This offseason though, Bulls management, under Artūras Karnišovas our new VP we might bring back Portis back. Who knows?
2016: Denzel Valentine (#14)
To me, anything under a C would be considered a bad pick and anything above a C I would consider to be a good pick and to me, Denzel is the most average pick the Bulls could have drafted. Obviously there are a lot of players in this draft that are way better than Valentine, but coming out of Michigan State, Valentine looked very NBA ready. Valentine shows flashes of efficiency from deep every once and a while. For the Bulls, he's a solid bench player that becomes instant offense for the second unit. It will be interesting to see if the Bulls pick up his contract, I am all for re-signing Valentine.
2017: Justin Patton (#16) (Rights traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Jimmy Butler in exchange for Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and. Zach LaVine)
It is hard to say whether the Bulls won the trade. It is pretty apparent that the T-Wolves lost the trade since Butler only played there for a couple seasons. The Bulls received future All-Star, Zach LaVine, along with Kris Dunn who is one of the best defensive-minded guards in the NBA. The only wildcard of the trade would be Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen had a down season under Jim Boylen's gameplan this season. Under the right strategy, Lauri can go back to his 2018-2019 form and average 18 points and nine rebounds.
2018: Wendell Carter Jr. (#7) and Chandler Hutchison (#22)
Grades: A+ and B
I think Wendell Carter Jr. will be the centerpiece, along with Coby White in the Bulls rebuild. It is likely that players like Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine will be around then, but in the long run I don't see them being untouchable like Wendell. Wendell got even better this year, and averaged a near double-double.
I really don't know why, but Chandler Hutchison is my second favorite player on the Bulls right now. His explosiveness makes it easy for him to drive in the lane, and is a consistent shooter. I can definitely see him being our sixth man sometime if he continues to evolve his game. Hutchison has a lot to work on, but off the bench he provides good play on both sides of the court.
2019: Coby White (#7)
Coby White this season had a really good year. Before the all-star break, White put up solid numbers. However, a switch got flipped post all-star break for Coby White. Post all-star break, Coby broke out and averaged 24.7 points. He scored 30+ points three consecutive games, and during his first, and only start he scored 20 points and beat the Cavaliers. White has a bright future with the Bulls organization. Hopefully we can utilize him well.
It seems like the Bulls made a lot of mistakes drafting between 2010 and 2014, but ever since they have set themselves up for a bright future, and could contend for a playoff spot next season if they make a few small changes.