In a previous fan post, T.O.E. implied that the Bulls management is incompetent based on the number of our draft picks since '99 that are currently on our roster. In a vacuum, only having 4 players out of 15 picks ('99-'08) sounds like a low number. However if you look at the league as a whole, we compare favorably on the number of our own first rounf draft picks retained.
The Bulls still have 4 of the 15 players they drafted over the last 10 years. Note: I'm accounting for draft day trades in my totals, so in '06 we drafted Tyrus and Thabo in the first round, not Aldridge. Here are all of the numbers from '99 - '08:
Some other interesting facts:
- Only 7 of 115 first round draft picks from '99 - '02 are currently on the roster of the team that drafted them.
- One sixth of the first round draft picks from '07 and '08 are not playing for the teams that drafted them.
- Just above a third (36.6%) of all players drafted in these ten years still play for the teams that drafted them.
- Only 17.4% of players on at least their second contract (drafted '99-'04) still play for the team that drafted them.
While we may have squandered some of our draft choices, our inability to keep our own draft picks is not the reason why we haven't gone far into the postseason these last 10 years. We're pretty average in the number of our own draft picks still on our roster. You can also see that there is little correlation between how many of your own draft picks you keep on the roster and how many wins you have.