The top five most disastrous moves made by Arturas Karnisovas for the Chicago Bulls…Read more.

The ongoing jest within the Chicago Bulls’ circle for several seasons now is that Arturas Karnisovas has been dormant at the helm. The front office chief has made scant efforts to enhance the team over the past three seasons and hasn’t executed any notable trades since 2021.

While Arturas Karnisovas has indeed executed some commendable moves during his tenure, such as drafting Ayo Dosunmu and securing signings like Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, and Lonzo Ball through trades, the latter hasn’t fully lived up to expectations and has grappled with injuries. Nonetheless, the gamble on Ball was justified given the minimal cost to acquire him. Karnisovas has also made astute fringe moves like signing Andre Drummond. However, he has faltered with some later draft picks and allowed players like Derrick Jones Jr. to depart without compensation.

But any good has been undone by five moves that led the Chicago Bulls to where they are now, which is an aging, mediocre team with few ways to improve. Let’s look at them in order of damage caused to the team.

5 Most disastrous moves Arturas Karnisovas has made for the Chicago Bulls

#5: Drafting Patrick Williams 4th in the 2020 NBA Draft

This one wasn’t a franchise killer by any means, but the Bulls did miss a chance to add elite talent to their roster in 2020, instead taking Patrick Williams with the 4th pick in a move that many felt was a reach at the time.

“Pippen Ain’t Easy” from Fansided lists the five most detrimental decisions made by Arturas Karnisovas for the Chicago Bulls. While Karnisovas has made some beneficial moves like drafting Ayo Dosunmu and acquiring DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball, there have been notable missteps. One such error was drafting Patrick Williams fourth in the 2020 NBA Draft, passing on potential elite talent like Tyrese Haliburton and Tyrese Maxey. This decision, while not catastrophic, missed an opportunity to bolster the team’s roster and may lead to Williams leaving without compensation due to contract disputes.


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