Sports radio guys, media, fans, lend me your ears.
Stop saying the Bulls should go for the #10 pick and lose out and root for losses. First, it won't work, can't work. Second, the pick swap is more or less irrelevant.
For the Bulls to have even a coin flip shot at the 10th pick, it would mean that the Clippers need to finish 5 and 8 while the Bulls lose out. That's not going to happen people. Ie, we have no chance at getting the 10th pick even if we lose out, so stop talking about it. I hear on the radio at least once a day a discussion about how the Bulls should pursue the pick.
Secondly, when lamenting the swap from 11th to 17th understand that there's a pretty smooth drop off in terms of talent after the top few picks in any draft. It's not like there are great players in this draft and drafting 11th would have gotten us a star whereas drafting 17th will get us a scrub. Here is a list from the last decade of guys who got more than the MLE (or seem on the path to do so) drafted 11-17 and where they were taken:
11: Andris Biedrins
12: Thadeus Young (maybe on the path)
12: Jason Thompson (maybe on the path)
13: Richard Jefferson
14: Troy Murphy
15: Al Jefferson
15: Rodney Stuckey (at one point he was, probably not now)
16: Hedo Turkoglu
16: James Johnson (I kid.. I kid..)
17: Desmond Mason
17: Josh Smith
17: Danny Granger
Now there are a bunch of guys who got multi-year extensions after their rookie contracts at each position, but you're talking about guys who are generally not starting caliber players or the role playing 5th starter who could be upgraded [Ridnour, Pietrus types, click here for a complete list].
In general, note that the mid 1st round isn't likely to yield you much regardless of where you pick, so there's little sense getting up in arms over the swap. Would I rather pick 11th than 17th? Of course, with good scouting, you're always better off drafting earlier. Am I convinced our odds of getting a great player are a lot higher at 11 than 17? No, not really.