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Acquired: Tyson Chandler, Center, Dominguez High School/Eddy Curry, Center, Thornwood High School
The 2001 debacle tops the list as the worst draft in Chicago Bulls history.
With their fourth overall pick, the Bulls selected center Eddy Curry out of Thornwood High School in Illinois. Curry absolutely had potential, but ate his way out of the league. Although he is listed at 285, his weight had ballooned to well over 300 pounds during his worst days as a New York Knick. T
he only time that Curry ended up being an asset to the Bulls after his first few years was when he was signed and traded to the New York Knicks, masterminded by Knicks knucklehead Isiah Thomas. The trade brought back two picks who turned into current Bulls big man Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas.
Tyson Chandler was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and was traded draft day for Elton Brand. He is a starting-caliber center in the NBA, but he's not what Bulls fans hoped he could be. Chandler came out of school as a very raw talent, and did not improve his offensive game at all in Chicago, which was proven by his averaging of only nine points a game at his max.
He played pretty decent defense, but that was not enough to make up for being traded for 20-10 man Elton Brand. Eventually he was dumped after the Bulls signed Ben Wallace.
This draft is the worst for a multitude of reasons.
First of all, the Bulls dumped former No. 1 pick Elton Brand for a kid straight out of high school who was later dumped for Howard Eisley and P.J. Brown in Tyson Chandler. Second, this draft gave Bulls fans hope that the Bulls would have a superstar frontcourt that would bring them back to relevance, of course, a dream that never came even close to fruition. Third, Eddy Curry showed us flashes of being a dominant offensive big, but never put it all together.
The frustration of all of these things compound to make the worst draft in team history.
Even though 2001 is a weak draft, it's disappointing that the Bulls completely struck out on two draft choices in the top five.