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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