Recently, while using the wonderful NBA 2K10 to live out my Bulls fantasies, I happened upon a wonderful solution to the Bulls' current moroseness.
The first season (this current season), I stayed with the status quo that is our below-average Bulls, trading Kirk to the Thunder for a first-rounder and Etan Thomas at the deadline. The team finished 35-47 and missed the playoffs.
Rose averaged 20 and 8, Noah 12 and 14, Deng 17 and 8. I went into the lottery with a 4.3% chance of victory, and won. Having downloaded the actual 2010 Draft Class (John Wall, etc), I decided to pick Oklahoma's Willie Warren with the number one pick, and then picked Tennessee's Tyler Smith with the Thunder's pick, #25 (the Thunder reached the NBA Finals, losing in 5 to Boston.)
Then I traded Pargo, Salmons and my second round pick to New Orleans for their first rounder, North Carolina's Ed Davis. After that I traded Luol Deng and some junk to Denver for a future first-rounder and Ty Lawson. Brad Miller retired after 2011, the same year that Derrick Rose won the scoring title and finished second in the MVP voting. He averaged almost 28 per game, with 9 assists and 3 rebounds.
2010- 30-52, missed playoffs
2011- 44-40, second round
Now, in 2012, my lineup is this.
PG- Derrick Rose (Overall 90) / Ty Lawson (Overall 78) / Marcus Jordan (2011 second rounder; Overall 60)
SG- Willie Warren (Overall 80) / Francisco Garcia (Overall 72)
SF- Lamar Odom (Overall 79) / Tyler Smith (Overall 68) / Robbie Hummel (Overall 61)
PF- Ed Davis (Overall 77) / James Johnson (Overall 65)
C- Joakim Noah (Overall 76) / Jordan Hill (Overall 66)
Charlie Bell and Solomon Jones are my reserves.
Oh and I fired VDN and hired a generic coach whose name escapes me.
We can only dream of such things with Gar PaxDorf at the helm...