5 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Must Select Derrick Rose's Backup
The Chicago Bulls are in a bind. Derrick Rose's knee injury will keep him out for eight months, and that is horrible news for not only Bulls fans, but basketball fans everywhere. What the 2012 NBA Playoffs showed is that the Bulls backup point guards are not the answer.
C.J. Watson single handily lost Game 6, when he decided to pass the ball to Omer Asik instead of dribbling out the clock. You know since Omer Asik is a 46% free throw shooter and all.
Next season the Bulls desperately need to overhaul the roster and find a very solid backup to D-Rose, and as we saw, John Lucas III and C.J. Watson are not the answer.
Not even close.
Here are five reasons why the Bulls must find Rose a backup.
Without Rose, Opposing Guards Will Dominate the Bulls
Holiday torched the Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Once Rose when down with that ugly knee injury, the Chicago Bulls guards stood no chance against the Philadelphia 76ers. All you have to do is take a look at Games 2-6, where Jrue Holiday dominated the Bulls.
Holiday averaged 18 points per game in the series, and he scored at will against Chicago. He dominated the Bulls' point guards; particularly in Game 2 where he poured in 26 points.
The Chicago back court, in particular C.J. Watson were completely outplayed in the playoffs. Watson is supposed to be a veteran, and yet when the game was on the line the "veteran" acted like he was a rookie.
The bonehead error occurred when he dished the ball to Omer Asik, who is a putrid free throw shooter at 40 percent from the line.
On the contrary, Watson is a career 80 percent free throw shooter, and in this situation he should have forced Philadelphia to foul him. This mistake was simply unacceptable, and without that pass there was a solid chance of the Bulls forcing a Game 7.
All of Watson's numbers were down in the playoffs. His points dropped from just under 10 points to seven a game, and his three point shooting was awful, and he shot just 25 percent from three point range.
With the announcement that Rose is expecting to miss an extended period of time, the Bulls will have to address the back court this offseason.
Who Will Be the Go to Scorer Without Rose?
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With Rose likely out for eight months, the Bulls will need to find another scorer in his absence. Can that player be Luol Deng?
Possibly, but Deng isn't the type of player who is going to consistently dominate on the offensive end. He is an outstanding jump shooter, but the problem is he is a stand still jump shooter.
He also is very solid at getting to the rim, but he also has his struggles when a more athletic player (i.e Andre Iguodala) is guarding him. Also, with Deng's decision to play in the Olympics and continue to play through his wrist injury that has plagued him all season, Bulls fans have to be a bit nervous.
This hasn't exactly been a lucky year for injuries for the city of Chicago. Derrick Rose, Matt Forte, Jay Cutler and Marian Hossa all were knocked out for the season with injuries, and the thought of losing Deng would be crippling.
So where does that leave Chicago on offense?
Carlos Boozer has been consistently inconsistent in a Bulls uniform and for the second consecutive year he has proven everything that Utah fans said about him after his departure. He is garbage in the playoffs.
He simply doesn't show up in the postseason and is a liability on defense, which is why he was on the bench during the fourth quarter of Game 6.
John Lucas III, C.J. Watson and Kyle Korver Are Not the Answer
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What do these three players have in common? Well despite taking up nearly $8 million worth of cap space, all three of these players are awful at defense.
Korver is a three point specialist, and Watson was abused in the playoffs while Lucas III is simply too short at just 5'11" to be an effective defender.
The Bulls need to go out and get a good sized guard who can handle the ball as well. Even a point forward of the caliber of Philadelphia's Evan Turner would be a solid fit in Chicago.
Watson likely will not be retained this off season, and Lucas III is the not good enough to start. Korver isn't a ball handler, and the reason he needs to go is because of his contract.
He makes right around $5 million per year, and the Bulls desperately need to get rid of this player so they can afford a decent player to start while Rose is recovering.
Sign Steve Nash
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Even at 38 years old, Steve Nash is still a very serviceable player in the NBA. Nash is coveting an NBA Championship ring, and a marriage with the Chicago Bulls would present a very intriguing opportunity for the sure fire hall-of-famer.
Additionally, with Rose not expected to return to the Bulls lineup until December or January, the veteran would be able to start during this time. With the return of Rose, Nash could then come off the bench, ensuring fresh legs come playoffs.
This would present the best of both worlds for both parities involved. The Bulls would get an outstanding player and leader with Nash, and the player would get to play on a serious title contender.
More so, Nash has said he wishes to play for a title contender, and the Bulls have had the best record in the NBA for the past two seasons.
The Bulls Need to Amnesty Carlos Boozer
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Carlos Boozer is the most overpaid athlete in sports. Yeah, I said it.
Boozer is set to make $15,000,000 in 2013, and in the best interest of the Chicago Bulls they need to amnesty him. Get rid of the contract altogether, and give a bit of a raise to big men such as Taj Gibson and Omer Asik.
Also, dropping this contract will allow the Bulls to actively pursue very solid guards this offseason. The Bulls have an outstanding young nucleus of players and Ronnie Brewer, John Lucas III, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng and Derrick Rose are all guards in small forwards who are under 30 years old on the roster.
Boozer averaged just 13 points per game in the playoffs, and that is not the numbers for the kind of money he is being paid.