Bulls Win Tiebreak Drawing With Kings, Slot 6th In Pre-Draft Lottery Order

Chicago will draft at No. 22 with its second first-round pick.

Cody Westerlund
April 13, 2018 - 4:55 pm
Bulls executives John Paxson, left, and Gar Forman

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By Cody Westerlund--

(670 The Score) The Bulls received a small measure of fortune Friday afternoon. They will now hope the big dose of luck awaits in the draft lottery.

Chicago won a tiebreaker drawing with Sacramento, which slots the Bulls sixth in the pre-draft lottery order. Both teams will hold 5.3 percent odds at grabbing the No. 1 pick and about 18.3 percent odds of landing in the top three, but the tiebreaker drawing ensures the Bulls will draft ahead of the Kings in the event that Sacramento doesn't jump into the top three. The two teams finished with identical 27-55 records in the regular season.

What's for certain is that the Bulls will draft at No. 22 overall, a pick they acquired from the Pelicans in the Niko Mirotic trade. New Orleans was in a four-way tiebreaker drawing for the No. 20, 21, 22 and 23 spots and was drawn third.

The Bulls don't own a second-round pick this season, having giving up their own in a trade with the Thunder that netted them Cameron Payne in February 2017.

The draft lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15.

As for where the Bulls may look in the draft, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson addressed that at an end-of-season press conference Thursday.

“We need to look at the wing position," Paxson said. "That would be an ideal spot. Size and length at the wing, a shooting component, a defensive component would be something that if you’re looking at an area we would like to improve, that would be it. But depending on where we draft, it’s hard to overlook talent, even when you’re looking at maybe a specific need."

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.