NBA Draft: The Bulls and Paxson's Dilemna

Zane BeitzContributor IJune 23, 2008

1.7 percent chance. That is like guessing a number between one and 100 and guessing correctly.

1.7 percent is the chance that the Chicago Bulls would get the first selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. Apparently, the Bulls guessed that number correctly.

So now, on June 26 the Bulls will get to make the first selection in the NBA Draft. That was the easy part; now comes the tough decision. This is not just any decision, as this choice will directly hinge on the job of GM John Paxson.

Paxson has been the GM of the Bulls for a while now and for the most part has done a great job. He helped rebuild the Bulls after the departure of Jordan, Pippen, and Jackson. He has steered the Bulls into the direction of selecting such great NBA players as Tyson Chandler, Loul Deng, Ben Gordon, and Kirk Hinrich.

Those last three names have really sparked the Bulls to impressive playoff seasons until last season's disappointing result. Tyson Chandler, on the other hand, has really flourished as a star on the up and coming New Orleans Hornets.

One problem that Bulls fans have with Paxson: his addition by subtraction mentality. Elton Brand: traded away. Tyson Chandler: traded away. His only big addition in the past was a complete flop. From spats with coaches to a feud with ownership about a headband, Ben Wallace was a total failure as a Bull.

And now in the past two drafts, the Chicago Bulls have held lottery picks and have failed to land a player that has helped them deliver that elusive seventh championship. With the Bulls highly underachieving and desperately in need of a change, the man in the hot seat is now John Paxson. 

He needs to make the correct selection, whether that be Rose or Beasley, in order to get the Bulls back in the hunt for the title. But, the most important thing for him is to no longer be idle and let the team develop. He needs to make a splash, and it all begins on Thursday night.