Cleveland Cavaliers

The Bulls rebuild would be accelerated with a little draft lottery luck — but 'luck and hope are not a strategy or a plan'


Sixteen years ago, John Paxson sat in his north suburban home and watched his first draft lottery as head of basketball operations for the Bulls on TV.


7 slot in which they entered the lottery, shooting guards and wings such as Dwyane Wade, Mickael Pietrus and Jarvis Hayes — not eventual pick Kirk Hinrich — were projected as early possibilities.


In 2008 they vaulted from ninth to first to cash in a 1.7 percent chance — the second-longest odds a team has overcome in draft lottery history — to win the No.


Not counting the 2003 appearance he inherited from Krause, Tuesday night marks Paxson’s seventh participation in the draft lottery.


7 pick Lauri Markkanen’s draft rights in the 2017 trade of Butler to the Timberwolves, is why Paxson isn’t focused on luck.


The Bulls have a 12.2 percent chance to move to second, widely considered to be Murray State point guard Ja Morant’s slot.






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