Don’t freaking get your hopes up.
For the fourth year in a row, when the ping-pong balls finish their annual tumble through the ping-pong ball mixer machine the Chicago Bulls will inevitably finish with the seventh pick in the NBA draft.
New Chicago Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas is the one tasked with representing the Bulls at the lottery this year. Which doesn’t really matter because again the Bulls are destined to get the seventh pick.
Jokes aside, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., and Coby White going to the Bulls at No. 7 the last three years has turned out okay. But Bulls fans are shooting for lottery gold; a recreation of the magic that kept Derrick Rose in Chicago during the 2008 draft.
The team that ends up getting that coveted No. 1 pick will likely get their choice among prospects like Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards, Memphis center James Wiseman, and the polarizing headliner LaMelo Ball among others. Talented players, but nobody’s projecting that there’s a Zion Williamson, Derrick Rose, LeBron James or other surefire transcendent talent in the draft.
Here’s the Bulls full odds for getting each number pick per NBC Sports Chicago:
- No. 1 pick: 7.5%
- No. 2 pick: 7.8%
- No. 3 pick: 8.1%
- No. 4 pick: 8.5%
- No. 7 pick: 19.7%
- No. 8 pick: 34.1%
- No. 9 pick: 12.9%
- No. 10 pick: 1.3%
- No. 11 pick: 0.03%
The Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Minnesota Timberwolves share the best odds to nab that No. 1 pick. The Bulls were three losses away from having the second worst record in the league which would have put them among the teams with the best odds for the No. 1 pick. The Atlanta Hawks (12.5 percent), the Detroit Pistons (10.5 percent), and New York Knicks (9 percent) also have better odds than the Bulls to grab the first pick.
As for the Bulls, again don’t get your hopes up. The formality of bestowing the seventh pick to Chicago for the fourth year in a row goes down on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CDT in a condensed 30-minute slot on ESPN. It will be done virtually this year.