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A Brief History of the Bulls Drafting at Seven

Quintin Dailey Despite decent career numbers, Quintin Daley seems to have held himself back from his full potential due to off-court behavior.  The serious allegations surrounding Dailey

Quintin Dailey

Despite decent career numbers, Quintin Daley seems to have held himself back from his full potential due to off-court behavior. 

The serious allegations surrounding Dailey, from rape to addiction to violence, almost out-numbered the four seasons he played for the Bulls. In his final season with the team, Dailey played just 35 games reportedly due to stints in rehab. 

During his time in Chicago, starting when the Bulls drafted him seventh in 1982, Dailey averaged career highs in points, steals, and defensive rebounds. Over ten seasons in the NBA, Dailey put up 14.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

In addition to four seasons in Chicago, Dailey also spent time with the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle Super Sonics. 

Chris Mihm

If you’ve never heard of Chris Mihm, you’re not alone.

Mihm was drafted seventh by the Bulls in 2000 and immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the draft rights to Jamal Crawford, who was picked eighth. Mihm was then traded from the Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics midway through his fourth season. After half a season with Boston, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and spent five seasons there, including the season he sat out with an ankle injury.

Over eight seasons in the NBA, Mihm averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. 

The counterpart to his trade, Crawford, is still playing in the league today, 19 years later.¬†In four seasons with the Bulls, Crawford put up 11.2 points and 3.8 assists per game. Since his time with the Bulls, Crawford has won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award three times and has played for seven different teams.

Kirk Hinrich

In one of the most top-heavy draft classes in recent memory, the Bulls took Kirk Hinrich at number seven.

Hinrich spent 11 of his 15 NBA seasons with the Bulls, also making stops with the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. He was traded from Chicago twice, once to Washington in 2010 and once to Atlanta in 2015.

During his time in Chicago, Hinrich averaged 11.4 points, 5.1 assists, and three rebounds per game.¬†Lauded as a leader in the locker room, Hinrich’s contributions were usually on the defensive end and with mentorship of young players.

Hinrich is best known for taking over the starting point guard spot while Derrick Rose recovered from serious injuries. He started 583 of the 748 games he played with the Bulls, including 36 starts in playoff games.

Luol Deng

The year immediately after drafting Hinrich, the Bulls took Luol Deng at number seven in 2004 through a draft trade with the Phoenix Suns. 

Deng spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Bulls, before being traded in the final year of his contract to clear cap space. In that time, Deng averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, including his career high points per game season, with 18.8 in 2006-07. He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie team in his first year and appeared in two All-Star games as a Bull.

Deng was an integral part of the Bulls’ starting lineup during his time in Chicago until Jimmy Butler grew his offensive game to take over the starting spot. Butler has often credited Deng with helping him grow on the court.

Now, 15 years after his NBA career began, Deng has finished a one-year contract mentoring players in a limited on-court role with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since being traded from the Bulls, he’s also played for the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.¬†

Lauri Markkanen

In one of the most aggressive draft night trades in recent franchise history, the Bulls traded up to draft Lauri Markkanen at seven in 2017.

In just two seasons so far, Markkanen has often proved that he was worth the risk. Immediately making an impact on the team, he was voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie first-team in his first season.

Although he’s been plagued by injuries in both his rookie and sophomore seasons, Markkanen has averaged 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.¬†Most importantly, Markkanen improved in every statistical category between his first and second season, though he did play significantly fewer games.

Markkanen has proved himself as a significant core of the Bulls rebuild and is expected to be a centerpiece of the starting lineup going forward.

Wendell Carter 

For the second year in a row, the Bulls were chosen to pick seventh at the NBA draft, after missing the playoffs for just the second time in ten years.

Their pick was Wendell Carter out of Duke. Although he was only able to play 44 games due to a thumb injury that held him out for the second half of the season, Carter showed serious promise in the few games he did play. 

Most of his work was on the defensive end, his offensive skills were on display as well. In his rookie season, Carter averaged 10.1 points, seven rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

Assuming Carter can play most than 44 games next season, he’s more than expected to have a second season as productive as his first.¬†

The Bulls will pick seventh this year for the third straight time. Some recent mock drafts have the Bulls choosing Jarrett Culver, Cam Reddish, or Coby White at seven. 

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