While the Chicago Bulls are gearing up for the start of the playoffs with a game 1 matchup on Sunday against the Washington Wizards, the Bulls learned on Friday where they will be selecting in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Considering the Charlotte Bobcats first round pick falls out of the lottery this year, the Bulls possess the 16th pick in the first round of the NBA draft. The Bulls obtained the pick when the team traded Tyrus Thomas to the Bobcats in 2010. The pick had various types of protections on it since then and was lottery-protected this season. Though, with the Bobcats making the playoffs, the protection on the pick was lifted.
The Bulls also finished the season tied with the Toronto Raptors with a record 48-34. While the Raptors posses the tie-breaker over the Bulls, the teams flipped a coin on Friday to determine who would have the rights to the 19th overall selection in the first round of the NBA draft. The Bulls won the toss and have secured the rights to 19th overall selection.
Meaning the the Bulls will enter the NBA draft this off-season with two selections in the first round–the 16th selection and 19th selection.
Generally, the Bulls have had success in drafting in the first round. Beyond the obvious choice of Derrick Rose, the likes of Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Jimmy Butler have all proven to be quality selections by the Bulls.