As Chicago's season officially came to a close with NBA owners approving a 22-team restart Thursday, the Bulls' standing at No. 7 in the NBA Draft Lottery order was solidified. In that spot, the Bulls will hold a 7.5% chance to land the No. 1 draft pick and a 32% chance to land a top-four pick.
The lottery -- which draws four ping-pong balls to create a unique combination associated with a team -- decides the top four picks in the NBA Draft. The lottery is scheduled to take place Aug. 25, with the draft set for Oct. 15, assuming the NBA season restarts in late July as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Warriors, Cavaliers and Timberwolves hold the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick at 14% each. The 14 lottery teams will be the eight teams not invited to Orlando for the restart of the season as well as the six teams that do participate there but don't make the playoffs. Lottery teams' records will revert back to March 11, so as to discourage any tanking in the restart, which will feature eight more regular-season games for each team.
The Bulls have selected at No. 7 in the past three drafts. They moved up to that spot as part of the Jimmy Butler trade and took Lauri Markkanen in 2017. The Bulls fell from sixth to seventh in the 2018 draft lottery drawing, then fell from fourth to seventh in the drawing in 2019. The Bulls took Wendell Carter Jr. in 2018 and Coby White in 2019.
The Bulls landed their odds after underwhelming at 22-43.