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Chicago Bulls’ Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Chicago Bulls have made 19 selections, yielding three All-Stars in Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

The following table details the Bulls’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 2 1 (50%) 3 1 (50%) 0
6-10 1 1 (100%) 2 1 (100%) 0
11-15 2 0 0 1 (50%) 0
16-20 2 0 0 0 0
21-25 2 0 0 0 0
26-30 3 1 (33.3%) 2 1 (33.3%) 1 (33.3)
31-40 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
41-50 3 0 0 0 1 (33.3%)
51-60 1 0 0 0 1 (100%)
Total 17 3 (17.6%) 7 5 (29.4%) 3 (17.6%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Bulls’ have a strong track record of drafting over the past 10 years, with five starters and just three players out of the NBA within five years.  The Butler pick, in particular, was a steal at the bottom of the first round in 2011.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015/16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: Joakim Noah (2007-9) — two appearances, Derrick Rose (2008-1) — three appearances, Jimmy Butler (2011-30) — two appearances

Starters: Thabo Sefolosha (2006-13), Noah, Rose, Omer Asik (2008-36), Butler

Rotation Players: Tyrus Thomas (2006-4), Aaron Gray (2007-49), James Johnson (2009-16), Taj Gibson (2009-26), Nikola Mirotic (2011-23), Tony Snell (2013-20), Doug McDermott (2014-11), Cameron Bairstow (2014-49), Bobby Portis (2015-22)

Out in Five Years or Less: JamesOn Curry (2007-51), Marquis Teague (2012-29), Erik Murphy (2013-49)

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