Chicago Bulls Need to Run More Plays for Carlos Boozer

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIMarch 10, 2012

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For Carlos Boozer to be more effective offensively, the Chicago Bulls need to run more post plays for him to raise his scoring totals.

The Bulls acquired Boozer in the 2010 NBA free agency period to provide a strong post presence to complement Derrick Rose's driving game with the pick and roll.

The 30-year-old Boozer played six seasons with the Utah Jazz before coming to the Bulls. There, he was a vocal point of the Jazz's offense and a No. 1 option along with Deron Williams.

With the Jazz, former coach Jerry Sloan ran many pick and rolls with Williams and Boozer, allowing Boozer to flourish. He collected 19.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field on 14.6 attempts per game in 354 regular season games.

Since coming to the Bulls in 2010, Boozer hasn't been as affective and a huge reason is coach Tom Thibodeau isn't running enough post plays for Boozer.

Many times, Boozer has to drive to the basket to try to score on an isolation play. However, the Bulls don't run as many pick and rolls or high-low passes from Rose to Boozer in the paint.

Rose is undoubtedly the Bulls' primary scoring option, but Boozer hasn't adjusted well to the secondary role and a main reason is he is getting less touches. In both years, Rose has attempted 19.7 and 17.9 shots per game, respectively. When Boozer played with Williams, D-Will averaged 13.1 shots per game.

Boozer collected 17.5 points, 9.6 rebounds on 51 percent shooting in 2010-11. This was on 14.3 shot attempts, not far from his Utah average.


The 2011 playoffs, though, were a different story for Boozer. The Duke alum scored 12.6 points, grabbed 9.7 rebounds while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. He shot the ball 11.1 times per game.

Boozer is averaging just 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds on 52.5 percent shooting in 2011-12 before the March 10 Utah Jazz game. The interesting thing is how Boozer played with C.J. Watson starting instead of Rose.

In the eight games Watson started in Rose's place, Watson was running more picks and high-low designed plays for Boozer. The 6'9", 266-pound Boozer had 14.6 shooting attempts to average 19.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 57.5 percent.

In the other 34 games, Boozer averages 12.3 shots per game and it shows in his stats. He collects 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds while nailing 51.6 percent of his shots.

Boozer needs to touch the ball often to get into an offensive and rebounding rhythm. Rose will always be a scorer, yet it shouldn't be too difficult to get Boozer a few more shots a game.

During that eight game stretch, Boozer was getting 14.3 attempts. That's just two more than he's averaged without Watson starting.

Thibodeau needs to have Rose run more post plays for Boozer, or even have Boozer on the court with Watson when the second unit comes in. Boozer's increased production would help offset Richard Hamilton's absence.

It doesn't matter how Boozer's touches come, he just needs more of them for the Bulls to be an offensively dangerous team.


Bob Bajek is a featured columnist for the Chicago Bulls. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on and Twitter.