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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #16, #26 Round 2: None

Draft History
2008: 2007: 2006: 2005:
1. Derrick Rose 9. Joakim Noah 2. LaMarcus Aldridge No first-round pick
    16. Rodney Carney  

2008–2009

  • 41–41, lost in first round

Offensive

  • 109.7 (18th)

Defensive

  • 110.0 (17th)

Free Agents:

Areas Of Strength

With Rose, the Bulls are set at point guard. With Noah and Ty Thomas in the post, they should be set down low. They have Salmons on the perimeter and veterans in Hinrich and Miller off the bench. That's a nice top six right there. And with Luol Deng expected to recover from a broken fibula, that's not a bad top seven.

Needs Work:

With Rose, the Bulls are set at point guard. With Noah and Ty Thomas in the post, they should be set down low. They have Salmons on the perimeter and veterans in Hinrich and Miller off the bench. That's a nice top six right there. And with Luol Deng expected to recover from a broken fibula, that's not a bad top seven.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 2 -- Number of No. 1 overall Draft picks in the last decade, the most of any franchise
  • 173 -- 3-pointers made by Ben Gordon in 2008-09, a Bulls record for a season

The Way To Go:

While the Bulls look as if they can make waves in the next couple seasons, experts also said that after they won 49 games and swept the defending champion Miami Heat out of the postseason in 2007. The Bulls promptly fell apart in 2008, firing Scott Skiles and missing the postseason.

The biggest question will be whether Gordon can find a team and a deal to his liking. He has said he wants to be in Chicago, but he's turned down deals worth $54M (six years) and $50M (five years). Chicago can go over the cap to sign him, but there are few teams (Detroit has been mentioned as a potential destination) with enough room to fit him in.

If Gordon leaves, they can use Rose and Hinrich in the backcourt. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Bulls hedge their bets with a shooting guard in the Draft.

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