SECAUCUS, N.J. - The Chicago Bulls expected to be in the playoffs, not the lottery.

This will ease the sting a little.

The Bulls won the NBA's draft lottery last night, giving them the right to choose between star freshmen Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose.

Coming off a miserable season and still without a coach, the Bulls vaulted from the No. 9 spot, where they had just a 1.7 percent chance of landing the top choice.

"After this season, we needed a break and I think we just got one tonight," said Steve Schanwald, the Bulls' executive vice president of business operations who represented them on the podium.

Chicago will almost certainly choose between Beasley, the Kansas State forward who averaged 26.5 points and an NCAA-best 12.5 rebounds, and Rose, the point guard who carried Memphis within minutes of the national title.

"We'll have an opportunity to get close to those guys. We'll really take a long look at what makes the most sense for our basketball team," executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said on a conference call. "Having the pick puts you in a unique position to make your team better.

"I certainly understand this was pure luck. Now it's our job to make the most of it."

The Miami Heat, who had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick thanks to their NBA-worst 15-67 record, fell to second. The Minnesota Timberwolves will go third.

The Seattle SuperSonics, who moved up to No. 2 last year to pick rookie of the year, Kevin Durant, fell from second to fourth. Memphis will pick fifth, followed by New York, the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Charlotte and New Jersey.

Indiana has the 11th pick, followed by Sacramento, Portland and Golden State. The lottery settled the top three spots. The remainder of the first 14 picks are determined inverse order of their record.

The NBA draft will be held June 26 in New York.


2008 NBA Draft Order

First Round

1. Chicago

2. Miami

3. Minnesota

4. Seattle

5. Memphis

6. New York

7. L.A. Clippers

8. Milwaukee

9. Charlotte

10. New Jersey

11. Indiana

12. Sacramento

13. Portland

14. Golden State

15. Phoenix (from Atlanta)

16. Philadelphia

17. Toronto

18. Washington

19. Cleveland

20. Denver

21. New Jersey (from Dallas)

22. Orlando

23. Utah

24. Seattle (from Phoenix)

25. Houston

26. San Antonio

27. New Orleans

28. Memphis (from L.A. Lakers)

29. Detroit

30. Boston

Second Round

31. Minnesota (from Miami through Boston)

32. Seattle

33/34. Portland (from Memphis)

33/34. Minnesota (may be conveyed to Detroit)

35/36. LA Clippers

35/36. Portland (from New York)

37. Milwaukee

38. Charlotte

39. Chicago

40. New Jersey

41. Indiana

42. Sacramento (from Atlanta)

43. Sacramento

44. Utah (from Philadelphia)

45. San Antonio (from Toronto)

46. Seattle (from Portland through Boston)

47. Washington

48. Phoenix (from Cleveland)

49. Golden State

50. Seattle (from Denver)

51. Dallas

52. Miami (from Orlando)

53. Utah

54. Houston

55. Portland (from Phoenix through Indiana)

56. Seattle (from New Orleans through Houston)

57. San Antonio

58. L.A. Lakers

59. Detroit

60. Boston