Bulls have No. 4 pick in NBA draft. Here's their mixed history at that spot, from Tom Boerwinkle to Eddy Curry.

By Jamal Collier, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Basketball

Curry averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 53% from the field with the Bulls, peaking in 2004-05 when he led the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game. The Bulls made the playoffs that season for the first time in the post-Michael Jordan era, but a heart issue kept Curry out.

He signed with the New York Knicks during the offseason and although he played 11 seasons in the NBA, he never reached the potential anyone envisioned on draft night.


Tyrus Thomas swap, 2006

John Paxson and Gar Forman were not afraid to be aggressive on draft night and this perhaps was their biggest misfire in what turned out to be a one-sided trade.


The Bulls used the second overall pick to draft LaMarcus Aldridge, but traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers for the fourth overall pick, Tyrus Thomas, and Victor Khryapa in a move that quickly backfired.

Aldridge was named the NBA's rookie of the year in 2006-07. Thomas showed promise in spurts, and he averaged 10.8 points and 6.4 rebounds at his peak for a playoff team in 2008-09, but he also never panned out the way the team hoped. He lasted four seasons and averaged just 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game before he was traded to Charlotte.

Aldridge, meanwhile, made it to seven All-Star teams, five times All-NBA who averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his career, which is exactly the kind of building block the Bulls were on the lookout for.

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