Perhaps no other Chicago Bulls player was more criticized than Carlos Boozer was last year.
The top free-agent pickup in 2010, Boozer was expected to form one of the NBA's top duos with Derrick Rose.
However, various injuries and a new offensive system made Boozer struggle mightily, especially in the 2011 playoffs.
The 6'9", 245-pound Boozer then shed over 20 pounds to boost his conditioning and has been the Bulls' go-to scorer whenever Rose has been injured.
Besides leadership in Rose's absence, a healthy Boozer has been playing stronger in the post and actually has improved his defensive intensity.
Boozer's chemistry with Joakim Noah has also gotten better, as the two big men clearly know their roles and are complementing their games well.
A rejuvenated Boozer proving doubters wrong makes the Bulls a very dangerous team as he is a very good scorer, passer and teammate to have.
Bob Bajek is an NBA/Chicago Bulls featured columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.