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

Updated July 26, 2019 668 votes 36 voters51 items

List RulesVote 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 Jordan1

    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)

  • Derrick Rose2

    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)

  • Jimmy Butler3

    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)

  • Ben Gordon4

    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)

  • Elton Brand5

    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)

  • Taj Gibson6

    Draft selection: 26 (2009)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)

  • B. J. Armstrong7

    Draft selection: 18 (1989)

    Stats
    518 games played, 10.7 ppg, 3.4 apg

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

  • Joakim Noah8

    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)

  • Bobby Portis9

    Draft selection: 22 (2015)

    Stats
    221 games played, 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg

  • Horace Grant10

    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)

  • Kirk Hinrich11

    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)

  • Metta World Peace12

    Draft selection: 16 (1999)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)

  • Wendell Carter Jr.13

    Draft selection: 7 (2018)

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

  • Gary Harris14

    Draft selection: 19 (2014)

    Stats
    Never played for Bulls

  • LaMarcus Aldridge15

    Draft selection: 2 (2006)

    Stats
    Never played for Bulls

  • Jusuf Nurkić16

    Draft selection: 16 (2014)

    Stats
    Never played for Bulls

  • Stacey King17

    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)

  • Denzel Valentine18

    Draft selection: 14 (2016)

    Stats
    134 games played, 8.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg

  • Jay Williams19

    Draft selection: 2 (2002)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2003)

  • David Greenwood20

    Draft selection: 2 (1979)

    Stats
    464 games played, 12.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg

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

  • Reggie Theus21

    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)

  • Dickey Simpkins22

    Draft selection: 21 (1994)

    Stats
    307 games played, 4.3 ppg

    Achievements
    3× NBA champion (1996–1998)

  • Corie Blount23

    Draft selection: 25 (1993)

    Stats
    231 games played, 3.4 ppg

  • Will Perdue24

    Draft selection: 11 (1988)

    Stats
    518 games played, 4.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg

    Achievements
    3× NBA champion (1991–1993)

  • Tony Snell25

    Draft selection: 20 (2013)

    Stats
    213 games played, 5.3 ppg