Basketball 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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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)
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)

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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)

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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)

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Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Bulls First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (2007)

Stats
572 games played, 9.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 bpg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (2013, 2014)
All-NBA First Team (2014)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2013, 2014)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2011)

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B. J. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 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)

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Taj Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 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)

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Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 7 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)

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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)

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Bobby Portis is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Wendell Carter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 11 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)

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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 12 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)

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

Draft selection: 7 (2003)

Stats
748 games played, 11.4 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.0 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2007)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

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

Draft selection: 4 (2001)

Stats
289 games played, 11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg

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

Draft selection: 2 (1979)

Stats
464 games played, 12.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg

Achievements
NBA champion (1990)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)

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

Draft selection: 9 (1978)

Stats
441 games played, 18.8 ppg, 5.6 apg, 3.4 rpg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (1981, 1983)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1979)

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

Draft selection: 4 (2000)

Stats
232 games played, 10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2001)

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

Draft selection: 19 (2014)

Stats
Never played for Bulls

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Denzel Valentine is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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

Draft selection: 22 (2018)

Stats
44 games played, 5.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg

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

Draft selection: 2 (2006)

Stats
Never played for Bulls

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

Draft selection: 6 (1981)

Stats
354 games played, 17.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg

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

Draft selection: 2 (2002)

Stats
75 games played, 9.5 ppg, 4.7 apg, 1.1 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2003)

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

Draft selection: 6 (19890

Stats
344 games played, 6.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (1991–1993)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1990)

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Corey Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 25 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