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Biggest draft busts in Chicago Bulls history

Bulls, NBA Draft

The Chicago Bulls have a history of being good when it comes to picking the right players in the NBA draft.

However, there have been a few occasions where pundits and fans have questioned what the Bulls were doing in the war room.

For this piece, we’ll be discussing the four biggest draft busts in Bulls history, starting off with a guy whom Chicago selected instead of Draymond Green.

4. Marquis Teague

The Bulls drafted Teague with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Bulls assistant coach Ron Adams pushed Chicago to draft Green when he worked as Tom Thibodeau’s lead assistant but the Bulls didn’t listen and took Teague instead.

Marquis is the younger brother of Jeff Teague, but he didn’t have a long pro career. He played in just 67 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 assists. Marquis was out of the NBA by the 2017-18 season while Green has turned into an All-Star and champion with the Golden State Warriors.

In 91 NBA games, Marquis averaged 2.4 points and 1.5 assists. The Bulls would for sure like a do-over with their 2012 draft pick.

3. Jay Williams

When the Bulls drafted Williams with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Chicago thought it had found its new franchise star in the post-Michael Jordan era.

Williams was a superstar at Duke. He played three seasons in college and won the NCAA title as a sophomore. Jay finished his Duke career with averages of 19.3 points and 6.0 assists.

The Houston Rockets took Yao Ming with the first overall pick in the 2002 draft. Williams went second to the Bulls and he had a fantastic NBA debut against the Boston Celtics where he put up 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help the Bulls defeat the Celtics. After that debut, though, things were uneven for Williams.

Jay played in 75 games for the Bulls as a rookie. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds, struggling to find his confidence. At the end of the season, Williams ignored the contract he signed with the Bulls that prohibited him from riding motorcycles.

In June of 2003, Williams crashed his motorcycle, suffering serious injuries that required 13 surgeries, 100 staples in his left leg and physical therapy to regain the use of his leg.

He never played in the NBA again.

2. Marcus Fizer

Fizer was the fourth-overall pick in the 2000 draft, selected by the Bulls. He will go down as one of the worst players to ever play for Chicago.

During his rookie season with the Bulls, Fizer averaged a meager 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. It was unexpectedly poor production from a lottery pick. Chicago wanted more from Fizer but he was never able to deliver the goods.

In 232 games with the Bulls, Fizer averaged just 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. His NBA career only lasted six years. Fizer played for the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets after his Bulls stint ended.

1. Eddy Curry

The Bulls selected Curry with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft. The Illinois native was a monster in high school at Thornwood in South Holland. The Bulls were certain Curry was going to be a beast for them as well.

However, Curry wound up being the biggest draft bust in Bulls franchise history. He averaged just 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds as a rookie. The big man finished his Chicago career with averages of just 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.

The Bulls traded Curry to the New York Knicks in October of 2005. His heart problems were never a joking matter and Chicago fans are definitely glad to hear Curry is doing good off the court.

On the court, though, Curry was a bust of epic proportions.