According to the odds, the Bulls even with the fourth poorest record have
a small chance of getting the No. 5 selection in the NBA draft lottery. The lowest odds are for pick No. 8 and then
for pick No. 5. Though in league history, teams added a lot of future Hall of Famers to their team with the No. 5
pick in the draft. In fact, one would have to go beyond the five best selections in the modern era since 1976 to
include all the players in the Basketball Hall of Fame selected with the No. 5 pick. Plus there were some greats in
the early years of the NBA at No. 5, like Walt Frazier, Frank Ramsey, Larry Foust, Johnny Green, Jeff Mullins, Guy
Rodgers, Bobby Jones and Darryl Dawkins. It could make for some interesting debate to rate the top five all-time No.
5 draft picks. Here's one version.
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1995. At the time, teams
were hesitant about selecting a player directly from high school after Garnett played his senior year in
Chicago. But the gangly seven footer went on to have one of the top careers in league history as a 15-time
All-Star, league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time all-defense player, four times league leading
rebounder and community service winner with a championship late in his career when he resurrected the Boston
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, 2003. The Bulls were certain he was going
to be available at No. 7. And then the lightly regarded Marquette player from the Chicago area had a big
tournament and was a last minute addition for Miami. Wade, who retired this season, went on to be a league
scoring leader and 13-time All-Star, three times all-defense and three times an NBA champion, including
carrying a Miami team with Shaquille O'Neal in support and then among the most famous championships with
Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers, 1984. This is a difficult one
in a faceoff with Scottie Pippen, who has six titles to none for Barkley. But Barkley was an 11-time
All-Star and all-NBA player as well as a league MVP and led the league in rebounding. Like Pippen, he was on
two gold medal winning Olympic teams and probably should have been on a third in 1984, but coach Bobby
Knight didn't like his back talk. He averaged more than 22 points and 11 rebounds in his career.
Scottie Pippen, Seattle Supersonics, 1987. Pippen, of course,
became the draft jewel for Jerry Krause in a draft day trade with Seattle for Olden Polynice. Pippen was an
All-Star seven times and all-defense 11 times and a league steals leader, though primarily known as the No.
2 player for the Bulls behind Michael Jordan. Many regard Pippen as among the best perimeter individual
defenders in the game's history. He was not a prolific scorer with a career average of about 16 points, but
he was one of the premier facilitator forwards in the game.
Ray Allen, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1996. He was a draft day trade for Stephon Marbury and went on to a Hall of
Fame career as a champion in Miami and Boston, converting with the Heat what is considered one of the greatest
clutch shots in NBA history in 2013. He was a 10-time All-Star and one of the greatest shooters in the game's
history. He averaged more than 20 points for nine consecutive seasons and shot 90 percent on free throws and
40 percent on threes. He also was a winner of the citizenship and sportsmanship awards.
And that doesn't include Hall of Fame No. 5 draft picks like Mitch
Richmond and Sidney Moncrief and future Hall of Famer Vince Carter. Plus, two of the best young point guards in the
game, Trae Young and De'Aaron Fox, were taken with the No. 5 picks. Other No. 5 selections have included DeMarcus
Cousins, Kevin Love, Steve Smith, Kendall Gill, Walter Davis, Jason Richardson, Juwan Howard and Steve Smith.