The Chicago Bulls were one player away from going to the NBA Finals last year, and they seem to have found that missing piece in former Detroit Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton.
The Pistons bought out the rest of Hamilton's contract and that left him as a free agent. The Bulls signed him up right away, and the 33-year-old veteran from Connecticut has been money.
Hamilton has averaged 14.3 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game on 50.9 percent shooting.
Whenever Hamilton is on the hardwood, he spaces the floor with his movement and superior passing abilities. He can slash to the hoop and has nice length at 6'7".
What does Hamilton mean to the Bulls exactly? Rip adds so much more offensive potency, as the Bulls average 103.7 points per game when he plays as opposed to just 90.4 points when he was injured.
Bob Bajek is an NBA Featured Columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.