Chicago Bulls’ Draft Lottery fate seals season of disappointment

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This Chicago Bulls season was likely going to be a disaster on the court from the start, but the results of the 2019 lottery make it one all around.

The Chicago Bulls organization has become okay with mediocrity. They were hoping that a bad year on the court would lead to some nice results in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. There are some nice options in the lottery like Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, and generational talent Zion Williamson. The Bulls came away with none of them because they were a little too good this season after some questionable decisions.

Now, as a result, they will make the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft for an astonishing third year in a row. In 2017 they traded up to that spot to select Lauri Markkanen in the Jimmy Butler trade. In 2018 they selected Wendell Carter Jr. Both of those guys are good players but that isn’t always guaranteed when you pick seventh. The fact that the Bulls didn’t see the opportunity they had to make a great selection earlier in the year is annoying from a fan’s perspective.

They traded for Otto Porter Jr. in a deal made with the Washington Wizards and that made them a bit of a better basketball team at that point in an already lost season. It is just weird decisions like that made by upper management that make fans really hate them.

Now the Bulls will head into the offseason looking to probably be a similar team to what they were in 2018-19 unless they make a mega trade or sign one or two of the big free agents out there — news flash: Not happening.

No matter how you look at it, the results of the lottery show how much of a failure this season was both on and off the court. Unless some big changes are made, they will be stuck in the middle for a long time. They don’t appear to have a plan and their chance at a top-three pick was nerfed by trying to win in a lost season.

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It would be nice to see the Bulls make some serious changes at the top and develop an actual plan on how to get this team to where it should be. This is an organization with a rich history and now they’re a laughing stock.