Recent Nos. 16 and 19 NBA Draft Picks Mean Bulls Must Nab Production over Upside

June 21st, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

We tend to talk about the NBA draft as if there’s a distinct demarcation of talent between the lottery and the dozens of picks that follow.

But if we’ve learned anything about this annual rite of risk, it’s that variability is rarely, if ever, in short supply; that this year’s No. 10 pick is just as likely to succeed—or fail—as the guy selected six spots later.

The Chicago Bulls enter this year’s draft with a pair of first-round picks: No. 16—acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats in a flotsam-laden trade for Tyrus Thomas back in 2010—and No. 19.

In terms of sneaky coups, you can't do much better than that. But lest we assume the Bulls will hit their picks out of the park, a quick look at the slots' last 10 years yields a complicated picture.

For a franchise known for its pennywise ways, how the Bulls capitalize on these cheap, upside-laden assets could go a long way in determining how close they can get to reestablishing themselves as legitimate title contenders.

With Derrick Rose’s future health still an imposing question mark, ...

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