The year was 1999, and Artest was ready to embark on his NBA career. The hometown Knicks had the 15th pick in the draft, but chose to go in another direction and select Frederic Weis, a center out of France. The Chicago Bulls took Artest with the next pick and he immediately became an impactful player on both ends of the floor.
During his tenure in Chicago, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.1 steals a game. He was still developing as a shooter. Two of the most impressive stats were recording 271 steals and making 103 three-point field goals in his first two seasons -- both records for Bulls draft picks. Artest was also named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team, but he found himself traded to the Indiana Pacers midway through the 2001-2002 season.
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