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Traded by the Houston Rockets to the Chicago Bulls for two second-round picks in 2005 and 2006, Bryce Drew came at a bargain.
These picks were backloaded and would not cost the Bulls much for the upside they were looking for in Drew.
After the last year of his stint with the Houston Rockets, Drew averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 18 minutes per game. Averaged out over 36 minutes, his projected average would have come out 12 points, five assists and three rebounds.
These were the numbers in the Chicago Bulls' calculation when they made the move to acquire Drew. The expectation was a serviceable starting point guard at a great value. After all, this was only two second-round picks.
In addition, Drew was the son of a coach. The implied expectation was that his basketball IQ would be very high. The expectation was that this projected production at $1,182,600 would be a bargain.
The Chicago Bulls played Drew closer to the 36-minute projected number at 27 minutes a game. Drew started 85 percent of the games in which he played in 2000-2001. He underperformed at only 6.3 points, 3.9 assists and 1.4 rebounds.
These numbers, despite passing options like Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Jamal Crawford and Ron Mercer. Brand drew plenty of double-teams and Drew did not knock down the shots. In fact, he only shot .379 percent from the field and .381 percent behind the three-point line.
The reality did not match the projections and prior resume. In the end, Drew did not pan out and makes the list of the worst players for the Chicago Bulls in the last decade. Two second-round picks were ultimately wasted on this point guard experiment.
Drew signed as a free agent by the Charlotte Hornets for the 2001-2002 season.