CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls hold the No. 4 pick in this year's NBA draft, a spot that has been both advantageous and underwhelming in their history.
This year's draft class does not have a clear No. 1 pick, but has three players — James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards — who are considered the best of the bunch.
The Bulls have the pick just outside that group. It will give them first dibs on a crowded middle of the pack, where opinions on each player could differ depending on who you ask.
"I think going from team to team, the consensus is going to be very different," Bulls VP of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas said. "They haven't played since March. People are going to have different evaluations of each player and opinion is going to vary. There's a lot of opportunity in that environment. Hopefully at fourth, we're going to get a very good player."
In the past, the fourth overall pick has produced players such as Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Mike Conley or more recently, hits such as Aaron Gordon or Kristaps Porzingis. After being stuck at No. 7 the last few seasons, the leap up to No. 4 feels like an opportunity for the team's new front office to make its mark on the roster.
The Bulls have drafted at No. 4 four times in team history and the results have been, well, mixed. Here's a look at how the Bulls have done with the No. 4 pick.
Tom Boerwinkle, 1968
The first time the Bulls had the No. 4 pick was the most success they had drafting from that position with the selection of Tom Boerwinkle, the 7-foot big man from Tennessee.
Boerwinkle played his entire NBA career with the Bulls, 10 seasons and 635 games, and played on teams alongside Jerry Sloan and Bob Love. While Boerwinkle's numbers were not eye-popping — he averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists — he was the team's leading rebounder, known for his ability to set screens and a passer ahead of his time for a big man.