• In perhaps the biggest win for the Bulls thus far in 2018, it was announced late this afternoon that the Bulls topped the Sacramento Kings in a coin flip to determine which team would secure the No. 6 position in the 2018 NBA draft, pending the outcome of the draft lottery.

    The Bulls and Kings both finished with identical 27-55 records, and while both teams have the same chance of moving up in the draft via the lottery (5.3 percent to No. 1 overall, 18.3 percent to a top three pick), today’s winning coin flip ensures the Bulls will draft no lower than sixth.

    In a separate series of coin flips, it was determined that Chicago would also own the 22nd overall pick thanks to the February trade that sent Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans.

    The coin was not as kind the second time around, as four teams (Thunder, Jazz, Pelicans, & Pacers) finished with records of 48-34, meaning the Bulls pick could have been as high as 20th (or as low as 23rd).

    Chicago has drafted from the No. 6 spot twice before with mixed results.

    In 1981, the Bulls used the No. 6 pick to draft small forward Orlando Woolridge from the University of Notre Dame.  Woolridge spent five seasons in Chicago, playing his final two seasons in a Bulls uniform alongside Michael Jordan.

    In addition to being one of the most electric dunkers in the NBA, competing in the 1984 & 1985 Slam Dunk Contests, Woolridge was a gifted transition scorer and the last player to lead the Bulls in scoring prior to the Jordan era.

    After leaving the Bulls to sign with the New Jersey Nets as a free agent prior to the 1986-1987 season, he would go on to play for the Lakers, Nuggets, Pistons, and Bucks before capping off a 13-year NBA career playing a season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

    He finished his NBA career with averages of 16 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

    In 1989, the Bulls selected Sporting News College Player of the Year Stacey King out of the University of Oklahoma.

    King played just over four seasons with the Bulls, averaging an uninspiring 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game before being traded in February 1994 to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Australian center Luc Longley and a 1995 second round draft pick that would be used to select center Dragan Tarlac out of Olympiakos (Greece).

    Despite being part of three Bulls championship teams and enjoying an eight-year NBA career, King’s most notable impact in Chicago has been as an announcer, where he is in his 10th year as the Bulls’ lead color commentator on television broadcasts alongside play-by-play partner Neil Funk.

    The 1989 draft was also notable for the Bulls having three selections in the first round.

    In addition to selecting King, the Bulls also drafted point guard BJ Armstrong out of Iowa with the 18th pick, and forward Jeff Sanders from Georgia Southern University with the 20th.

    Chicago has only drafted from the No. 22 spot once in the modern era, selecting forward Bobby Portis out of the University of Arkansas in the 2015 draft.

    Just completing his third season in a Bulls uniform, Bobby set career highs in points (13.2), rebounds (6.8), assists (1.7), and minutes per game (22.5).  He remains under contract through next season, and it has been rumored that a contract extension will be discussed this off-season.

    Chicago’s only other experience with the 22nd overall pick was all the way back in 1967 when they used the third pick in round three (22nd overall) to select John Dickson, a center out of Arkansas State University.

    Dickson would never play a game with the Chicago Bulls.

    There were several notable names in that 1967 NBA draft, which saw the Bulls select Clem Haskins out of Western Kentucky with the No. 3 overall pick – ahead of Walt Frazier (No. 5 to the Knicks), Pat Riley (No. 7 to the San Diego Rockets), and the coach that would go on to lead Chicago to six NBA championships in the 1990’s, Phil Jackson (17th to the Knicks).

    The other notable coin flip today involved the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, which saw Dallas secure the No. 3 overall pick, pushing Atlanta to No. 4 despite both teams finishing with 24-58 records.

    The NBA draft lottery will be held May 15 in Chicago, with the 2018 NBA draft taking place June 21 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.

    Pending the outcome of the always controversial lottery to decide the final order of the top 14 picks – the first round of the 2018 NBA draft will look like this:

    1. Phoenix Suns (25% chance at No. 1 overall pick, 64.2% chance at top three pick)
    2. Memphis Grizzlies (19.9% – 55.8%)
    3. Dallas Mavericks (13.8% – 42.6%)
    4. Atlanta Hawks (13.7% – 42.6%)
    5. Orlando Magic (8.8% – 29.1%)
    6. Chicago Bulls (5.3% – 18.3%)
    7. Sacramento Kings (5.3% – 18.3%)
    8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Nets) (2.8% – 9.9%)
    9. New York Knicks (1.7% – 6.1%)
    10. Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics (from Lakers, Boston receives if No. 2 – No. 5) (1.1% – 4.0%)
    11. Charlotte Hornets (.8% – 2.9%)
    12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Pistons, protected No. 1 – No. 4) (.7% – 2.5%)
    13. Los Angeles Clippers (.6% – 2.2%)
    14. Denver Nuggets (.5% – 1.8%)
    15. Washington Wizards
    16. Phoenix Suns (from Heat)
    17. Milwaukee Bucks
    18. San Antonio Spurs
    19. Atlanta Hawks (from Wolves)
    20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Thunder)
    21. Utah Jazz
    22. Chicago Bulls (from Pelicans)
    23. Indiana Pacers
    24. Portland Trailblazers
    25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cavs)
    26. Philadelphia 76ers
    27. Boston Celtics
    28. Golden State Warriors
    29. New Jersey Nets (from Raptors)
    30. Atlanta Hawks (from Rockets)

     

    Notable Recent No. 6 Overall Draft Picks

    • Antoine Walker (1996)
    • Ron Mercer (1997)
    • Wally Szczerbiak (1999)
    • Shane Battier (2001)
    • Brandon Roy (2006)
    • Danilo Gallinari (2008)
    • Damian Lillard (2012)

     

    Notable Recent No. 22 Overall Draft Picks

    • Jarrett Jack (2005)
    • Courtney Lee (2008)
    • Kenneth Faried (2011)

Fantasy News

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday started on Saturday and scored 12 points while adding four rebounds, five assists and two threes in 28 minutes.

    Holiday got the nod with Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hand) sitting out. Holiday is a good streaming and DFS option whenever the Pacers have injuries to their guards, but he can return to the waiver wire when Brogdon returns.

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. played a game-high 41 minutes and produced 19 points, along with five rebounds, one assist and one three in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

    Oubre shot poorly, going 7-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-6 from three, and 4-of-7 from the line. He has been playing high minutes consistently and will have every opportunity to provide value in other categories even when his struggling with this shot. He should find his stroke again sooner rather than later.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner rejected five shots on Saturday, adding seven points, six rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Turner brought the defensive stats like he always does but struggled to add much else. Turner is a high-upside talent and brings a rare combination of threes and blocks, averaging 1.5 threes and 2.5 blocks on the season. His .433 field goal percentage should improve to be closer to his .492 career shooting mark, and he could be a buy-low target if his current owner is unhappy with him.

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Dario Saric scored 13 points and grabbed 12 boards, along with five assists and three treys on Saturday vs. the Rockets.

    Saric continued his dominant work on the boards as of late. It will likely decline once Aron Baynes (left calf strain) and Deandre Ayton (suspension) return to action. Frank Kaminsky chipped in four points, seven rebounds, three assists in 23 minutes.

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio handed out 13 assists and added 10 points, six assists and one block on Saturday vs. the Rockets.

    Rubio couldn't find his stroke tonight as he went 5-of-16 from the field, including missing all four of his 3-point attempts. He is still producing mid-round value and should continue to do so for the rest of the season as long as he is healthy.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Saturday with 19 points (8-of-11 from the field), 15 rebounds and two blocks in a 104-103 win over the Knicks.

    Sabonis double-doubled in both games of the back-to-back (18 points and 13 rebounds on Friday) and is averaging 18.4 points and 13.1 rebounds after Saturday's performance. Sabonis should be within the top-50 all season as a walking double-double.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren pitched in a team-high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go with four rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on Saturday.

    Warren is an efficient scorer that adds little else. He is worth rostering right now but could take a hit when Victor Oladipo returns, especially since his value is so heavily tied to points. Warren could be someone to consider to sell high on.

  • Tristan Thompson
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with three rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes on Saturday.

    This game was a blowout from the beginning which hurt Thompson's playing time. Thompson is still a top-75 player on the season averaging 13.6 points and 10.0 rebounds. Expect him to remain within the top-100 for the foreseeable future.

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with seven rebounds in 20 minutes in a 141-94 blowout loss to the Sixers.

    Love struggled in his return on Saturday from an illness that kept him out of Friday's game. Love is putting up top-100 value on the season and is worth holding in standard-leagues. There are reports that the Cavs are listening to offers for Love. If he is traded it may reduce the risk of him being shut down late in the season, but his value could take a slight hit.

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Darius Garland struggled to get 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on Saturday.

    Garland struggled from the floor but at least added some peripherals. Garland is inconsistent and is a big drain on field goal percentage, shooting 38 percent on the season. He is not worth rostering in standard-leagues and is only a guy to monitor in case he improves throughout his rookie season.