Derrick Rose’s Bulls featuring Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Jazz. Top 3 squad in the East?
The Bulls finally have an official legit All Star power forward. Carlos Boozer is the team’s best “back to the basket” low post scorer since Michael Jordan. That’s tragic because the drought has been 12 years. Chicago has been starving for low post stud and here he is. We still do not know Derrick Rose’s potential and the severity of Joakim Noah’s foot problems. Overall, The Bulls definitely made an answer in the 2010 offseason.
I cannot stress the void that the front office fulfilled at the power forward spot with Boozer. During the Kirk Hinrich – Ben Gordon era, analysts were claiming that Pau Gasol or Kevin Garnett would have led the Bulls to a title. All of them were completely wrong. The roster had too many glaring holes that having an elite power forward would not help. The team was weak from top to bottom even when Derrick Rose stepped on. Pau Gasol or Kevin Garnett on the team would have been a total disaster.
Thankfully, the Bulls didn't land anyone until now.
Carlos Boozer brings 20 points and 10 rebounds to the table as well as balance to the team’s offense. He was third last season in double doubles with 55. I can’t say the same for his defense, but whatever. He brings out the potential of the pick and roll that was missing all these years and puts forth elite level rebounding. Boozer brings toughness and an above average mid range game. The Bulls can be the number one rebounding team in the league with the foursome of Boozer, Noah, Deng, and Gibson as long as they stay healthy. He was the 1a or 1b option on the Utah Jazz. On the Bulls, Boozer is the clear cut number 2 option.
Derrick Rose is the mythical unicorn that the fans have been gushing about. He brags that he has a consistent three point shot now. That remains to be tested. How good can this kid become? The Unicorn has to really damn effin great in order to beat the Heat, Magic, and Celtics. Rose has to breakthrough to be the best undisputed point guard in the East and become a top 5 All NBA player. Rose obtained a 21.20 PER in the 2010 playoffs while averaging 26.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 7.2 assists against LeBron’s Cavs. This shows that Rose has the potential to be a top 5 NBA player.
The improvements by center Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson should go a long way. The key additions with Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, and CJ Watson were all huge necessities. Brewer is the legit shooting guard with solid defense. The problem is he is not much of an outside threat. Korver provides deadly three point shooting. CJ Watson is a solid backup. None of these were on Chicago’s roster last year. The lost of Brad Miller to the Houston Rockets is nothing to cry about. Omer Asik is a raw project with some promise. Kurt Thomas is the veteran enforcer if only for one season.
Where do the Bulls rank at the end of the 2010-2011 regular season and beyond?
They can be the third or fourth seed in the East (51 wins). The core of Rose, Boozer, and Noah has to find ways to stay healthy. A major injury to Derrick Rose and it is game over in the murderous East. Chicago fans also have to pray that Boozer and Noah stay healthy, too. I can definitely see some crucial missed games for these three. There is a second round in the playoffs somewhere and they have the potential to venture to the Eastern Conference Finals. I’ll stick with the second round for now. Go knock on wood, eat some Lucky Charms, or gnaw on your father's foot. Do something Bulls fans.