May 17, 2018, 11:00 am
Now that we know the Bulls will be picking at No. 7 in the 2018 NBA Draft, what can we learn by looking at the past 20 years of draft data as we try to define a reasonable range of expectations for the player they ultimately select?
Well, it’s a mixed bag.
If you’re a glass half-empty type, you would correctly point out that in the last 20 years, the best player in the draft was only available at the seventh or later spot a mere five times out of twenty:
1998 – Dirk Nowitzki (9th) and/or Paul Pierce (10th)
2009 – Stephen Curry (7th)
2011 – Kawhi Leonard (15th)
2013 – Giannis Antetokounmpo (15th)
2017 – Donovan Mitchell (13th)
Perhaps its a bit early to include Donovan Mitchell on that list, but if we give him the benefit of the doubt – that would mean the best player in the draft has been available at the seventh spot or later only 25 percent of the time.
If you’re a glass half-full type, you would counter that point by also correctly stating that business has been picking up lately, with four of those players being in drafts within the past ten years.
Cutting our sample size in half almost doubles the chances of the best player in the draft still being on the board when the Bulls pick!
So is a franchise player in the cards when the Bulls are on the clock at the Barclay’s Center on June 21st?
Time will tell, but its important to remember that a draft pick is an investment. As with any investment, past performance is not indicative of future success.
So with a grain of salt, let’s take a look at a 20-year history of No. 7 selections in the NBA Draft, feel nostalgic, and realize that none of us has any idea at this point what we will be saying in a few years about any of the players slated to be drafted next month.
The Bulls have owned the No. 7 pick four times over the past 20 years:
2000 – Chris Mihm – Texas (immediately traded to Cleveland for No. 8 pick Jamal Crawford and cash)
2003 – Kirk Hinrich – Kansas
2004 – Luol Deng – Duke
2017 – Lauri Markkanen
As you will see after looking at the complete list of No. 7 picks below, the Bulls have had outstanding luck drafting from the seventh spot. All of those players (swapping out Mihm for Crawford), either went on to have or are in the process of having long, productive NBA careers.
There have only been three All-Stars drafted in the last 20 years from the No. 7 spot:
Richard Hamilton – 1999 (Washington Wizards)
Luol Deng – 2004 (Chicago Bulls)
Stephen Curry – 2009 (Golden State Warriors)
All signs point to Lauri Markkanen making an All-Star team at some point in the future as well.
It may have been difficult to see the Bulls cede ground in the lottery Tuesday night, but over the past 20 years no team in the NBA can claim the repeated success the Bulls have had with the No. 7 pick.
Now onto a nostalgic stroll down memory lane with a recap of No. 7 selections from 1998-2017:
1998 – Jason Williams, PG – Florida (Sacramento Kings)
1999 – Richard Hamilton, SG – Seton Hall (Washington Wizards)
2000 – Chris Mihm, C – Texas (Chicago Bulls)
2001 – Eddie Griffin, PF – Seton Hall (New Jersey Nets)
2002 – Nene, PF – Brazil (New York Knicks)
2003 – Kirk Hinrich, PG – Kansas (Chicago Bulls)
2004 – Luol Deng, SF – Duke (Chicago Bulls)
2005 – Charlie Villanueva, PF – Connecticut (Toronto Raptors)
2006 – Randy Foye, PG – Villanova (Boston Celtics)
2007 – Corey Bewwer, SF – Florida (Minnesota Timberwolves)
2008 – Eric Gordon, SG – Indiana (Los Angeles Clippers)
2009 – Stephen Curry, PG – Charlston (Golden State Warriors)
2010 – Greg Monroe, PF – Georgetown (Detroit Pistons)
2011 – Bismack Biyombo, C – Congo (Sacramento Kings)
2012 – Harrison Barnes, SF – North Carolina (Golden State Warriors)
2013 – Ben McLemore, SG – Kansas (Sacramento Kings)
2014 – Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky (Los Angeles Lakers)
2015 – Emmanuel Mudiay, PG – Congo (Denver Nuggets)
2016 – Jamal Murray, PG – Kentucky (Denver Nuggets)
2017 – Lauri Markkanen, PF – Arizona (Chicago Bulls)
August 25, 2019, 8:29 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo had little to say about his rehab process (ruptured quad tendon) at his basketball camp in Indiana.
We weren't expecting earth shattering details while Oladipo was busy overseeing his basketball camp, but more information about the Pacer would be most welcome. It is hard to know what you will get from Oladipo on draft day, but you have to figure someone in your league will be interested in taking a gamble on him. He is still not scrimmaging with other players, and whenever he does return to game action this season, it is unlikely he will resume being a top player in the early going.
Source: The Athletic
August 25, 2019, 8:08 pmBriante WeberPG, International
Briante Weber, after spending the end of last season with the Greek club Olympiacos, is joining the Metropolitians 92, based in Boulogne-Levallois, France.
Weber attended free agent mini-camps in June with the Raptors and Wolves, and spent time in the G-League last year, but has never been able to catch on long-term with an NBA team. He has had brief stops with several NBA squads over the years, so it is possible he could return to a roster at some point this season. There is nothing to see here in terms of fantasy though.
August 25, 2019, 7:54 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura showed off his scoring prowess with 31 points in Japan's comeback victory over Germany on Saturday.
After a nice string of Summer League performances, Rui Hachimura is continuing his strong play in FIBA World Cup exhibition games for Japan. He can clearly get his own look in the mid-range, and the rookie should get a chance to perform for the Wizards this year. Keep an eye on Hachimura's preseason opportunities, as the competition for the Wizards' power forward minutes isn't fierce. He could be worth a late-round flyer in standard league-drafts.
Source: Mike Schmitz on Twitter
August 25, 2019, 6:50 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (right knee) is not expected to have any limitations heading into training camp.
Covington had arthroscopic surgery in April after missing 47 games last season due to a bone bruise on his right knee.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 25, 2019, 6:32 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (left ankle) is not expected to have any restrictions for training camp.
Teague had a left ankle debridement procedure in April to help alleviate inflammation. Teague's ankles have given him trouble throughout his career and he only played 42 games last season. With a clean bill of health Teague will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 24, 2019, 11:09 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White has reportedly passed the first concussion test after taking a nasty fall in Team USA's tuneup game vs. the Australian Boomers on Saturday.
This is good news. White has worked hard for his Team USA roster spot and should provide some guard depth for them once he clears concussion protocols. He was an eye-opener last season and should still hold some fantasy value despite the return of a now-healthy Dejounte Murray.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 10:27 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.
Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:58 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.
Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.
August 24, 2019, 8:44 amDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White left Saturday’s game after tripping and hitting his head on the floor.
White left without help but there is no word yet on whether he is dealing with a concussion. He finished with eight points, hitting 6-of-7 three throws in nine minutes with another update sure to come. The third-year guard put up top-125 per-game value, playing 25.8 minutes in his second season. Even with the return of Dejounte Murray, White should still be worth a roster spot in most standard leagues.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:42 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.
Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.