Next Thursday, the Bulls will pick 22nd in the 2015 NBA Draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While it's not a lottery pick, the No. 22 selection has had some gems since 1977. Here’s a look at the top 10 No. 22 selections in the NBA draft:
1. Norm Nixon, 1977
The quick guard from Duquesne helped the Showtime Lakers to championships in 1980 and 1982 and led the Lakers in assists in the 1982 Finals. That was perhaps the main reason he was traded to the then San Diego Clippers for Byron Scott as the Lakers wanted Magic Johnson exclusively handling the ball. Nixon averaged about 17 points and 10 assists his first two Clippers seasons, but injuries cut short his career after 10 years.
2. Reggie Lewis, 1987
The unheralded swingman from Northeastern came along during the Celtics transition period from the Bird/McHale/Parish era and became an All-Star in 1992, averaging more than 20 points in consecutive seasons as he was primed to take over team leadership. Lewis missed nine games in his last five years in the NBA, but then tragically collapsed and died from heart disease during an offseason workout after the 1992-93 season.
3. Kenneth Faried, 2011
The ultra athletic power forward from Morehead State has averaged 12.2 points and 8.7 rebounds in four seasons and was one of the stars of the 2014 USA Basketball World Cup gold medal winning team. He’s become one of the more explosive and exciting players in the NBA with his open court play and dunking.
4. Scott Skiles, 1986
The current Magic coach took a few years and stops to get going after an all-American career with Michigan State. But then with the expansion Orlando Magic, Skiles became one of the league’s premier point guards and set the all time record for assists in a game with 30. Skiles was second to John Stockton in assists in the 1992-93 season.
5. Jarrett Jack, 2005
The Georgia Tech combo guard has become one of the league’s premier sixth man after starting for several teams early in his career. He’s played 11 seasons for seven teams and was among the three-point shooting leaders in 2009-10 while with Toronto. His career average is 11 points per game.
6. Courtney Lee, 2008
The Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard is one of the better three-point shooters at 39 percent for his eight year career, which has been with five teams. As a rookie, he started 42 games for the Orlando Magic team that lost to the Lakers in the 2009 Finals as he shot 40 percent on threes that season.
7. Kenny Thomas, 1999
The undersized power forward from New Mexico played 13 seasons and averaged 9.3 points splitting between starting and coming off the bench. He averaged a double/double starting for the 76ers in 2003-04 and 14.1 starting for Houston in 2001-02.
8. Jared Dudley, 2007
The swingman from Boston College has carved out a nice career as a hustling role player, now with his fourth team in Milwaukee in nine seasons. His best season was with the Suns in 2011-12 when he averaged 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds as he plays both forward positions and shooting guard.
9. Chris Mills, 1993
The small forward from Arizona who played mostly with the Cavs and Warriors averaged 11.2 points in 10 seasons with his beat seasons in the mid-1990s when he averaged about 14 points over three seasons while missing just eight starts in three seasons. Injuries shortened his career.
10. Kyle Macy, 1980
The Kentucky star shooter played seven seasons in the NBA, including for the Bulls in 1985-86 when Michael Jordan was injured. Macy twice led the NBA in free throw shooting percentage and in four seasons to start his career in Phoenix averaged 10.6 points and four assists and 14.2 points in 1981-82.
Bulls selections at No. 22 or below in NBA draft
- 2011: Jimmy Butler, No. 30
- 2011: Nikola Mirotic, No. 23 (in trade)
- 2009: Taj Gibson, No. 26
- 2002: Roger Mason Jr. No. 31
- 2001: Trenton Hassell, No. 30
- 1993: Corie Blount, No. 25
- 1990: Toni Kukoc, No. 29
- 1987: Jack Haley, No. 79
- 1986: Pete Myers, No. 120
- 1985: Mike Brown, No. 69
- 1982: Rod Higgins, No. 31