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The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Chicago Bulls. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The history of Chicago Bulls first-round draft picks features some iconic players who shaped the future of a franchise that is always relevant. Unlike some other teams, the Bulls acquired a large portion of their best players through the draft.

Everyone will instantly think of Michael Jordan, maybe the best NBA player of all time, but stars like Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, two of the best current basketball players, also came into the league as Bulls draft picks. 

So which of these players is the best among the best of every Bulls first-round draft pick? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent as a member of the Bulls, and that is what you should base your vote on: Did this player contribute to Chicago after getting drafted?

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1
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1984)

Stats
930 games played, 31.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.5 spg

Achievements
6× NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
12× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998)
3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
10× All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
All-NBA Second Team (1985)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988–1993, 1996–1998)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
10× NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998)

2
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (2008)

Stats
406 games played, 19.7 ppg, 6.2 apg, 3.7 rpg

Achievements
NBA Most Valuable Player (2011)
3× NBA All-Star (2010–2012)
All-NBA First Team (2011)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2009)

3
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 30 (2011)

Stats
399 games played, 15.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (2015–2017)
All-NBA Third Team (2017)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014–2016)

4
Wendell Carter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2018)

Stats
44 games played, 10.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg

5
Taj Gibson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 26 (2009)

Stats
562 games played, 9.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)

6
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2004)

Stats
398 games played, 18.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

Achievements
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2005)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005)

7
Bobby Portis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 22 (2015)

Stats
221 games played, 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg

8
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 16 (1999)

Stats
175 games played, 12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)

9
B. J. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (1989)

Stats
518 games played, 10.7 ppg, 3.4 apg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (1991–1993)
NBA All-Star (1994)

10
Quintin Dailey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1982)

Stats
272 games played, 16.4 ppg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)

11
Jason Caffey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Jason Caffey

Draft selection: 20 (1995)

Stats
183 games played, 5.5 ppg

Achievements
NBA Champion (1997 NBA Champion)

12
Brad Sellers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (1986)

Stats
242 games played, 8.3 ppg

13
Keith Booth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Keith Booth

Draft selection: 28 (1997)

Stats
45 games played, 2.9 ppg

14
Corie Blount is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 25 (1993)

Stats
231 games played, 3.4 ppg

15
Corey Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (1998)

Stats
144 games played, 5.5 ppg

16
Tony Snell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2013)

Stats
213 games played, 5.3 ppg

17
Dalibor Bagarić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (2000)

Stats
95 games played, 2.6 ppg

18
Tate Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Tate Armstrong

Draft selection: 13 (1977)

Stats
92 games played, 3.8 ppg

19
Marquis Teague is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 29 (2012)

Stats
67 games played, 2.1 ppg

20
Will Perdue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 11 (1988)

Stats
518 games played, 4.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (1991–1993)

21
James Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 16 (2009)

Stats
78 games played, 3.8 ppg

22
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (2006)

Stats
Never played for Bulls

23
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (1999)

Stats
155 games played, 20.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.5 apg

Achievements
NBA Co-Rookie of the Year (2000)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2000)

24
Denzel Valentine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2016)

Stats
134 games played, 8.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg

25
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (1987)

Stats
546 games played, 12.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (1991–1993)
NBA All-Star (1994)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1993, 1994)