Proving not everything can go wrong, Chicago jumped up from No. 9 to No. 1 in Tuesday's NBA lottery.
This was such good news, Shameless Steve Shanwald, the Bulls' marketing executive who accepted the pick, gave out their telephone number for ticket sales, making this the NBA's first lottery/telethon.
Now that we've got a batting order, Times staff writer Mark Heisler takes a look at who could be going where. Let the mock drafts begin!
3. Minnesota -- Brook Lopez, Stanford. Skilled big man who could play high-low with Al Jefferson.
4. Seattle -- O.J. Mayo, USC. If pros cared about amateur standing, there wouldn't be a draft. As far as the game goes, he's a talented player and a demon worker.
7. Clippers -- Eric Gordon, Indiana. They need shooters and that's what he is and more.
11. Indiana -- Russell Westbrook, UCLA. I never thought he'd be this high but compared to what's left, his athleticism and potential as a point guard give him a real shot. They would just like someone who doesn't get on police blotters as often as Jamal Tinsley.
13. Portland -- Chase Budinger, Arizona. They'd like a grown-up point guard but as far as what they can get in the draft, they need shooters to complement Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy.
14. Golden State -- JaVale McGee, Nevada. If Don Nelson didn't play promising Brandan Wright, he might kill sulky DeAndre Jordan, the next best big man, with his bare hands. Pam McGee's reedy 7-foot son isn't ready but works hard and fits Nelson's fast-paced style, in case Nellie stays on.