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Rip Hamilton was locked down by Evan Turner for most of the Bulls' first-round series loss.
2011-12 Starting SG: Richard Hamilton (28 starts), Ronnie Brewer (43 starts - includes starts at SF), Kyle Korver (7 starts - also includes starts at SF)
The Bulls thought they were upgrading at shooting guard by signing Rip Hamilton to replace Keith Bogans, and many thought that Hamilton could be the final piece to Chicago's championship puzzle.
Hamilton averaged 11.6 points per contest in an injury-shortened season, which was the lowest total since his rookie season. In the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the 13-year NBA veteran was no match for an athletic Philadelphia 76ers squad after Derrick Rose tore his ACL.
For the second consecutive playoffs, the Bulls were doomed by a lack of offense. The offense struggled because Chicago did not have another player outside of Rose to break down the defense and find his own shot, get to the free-throw line and create opportunities for the other players on the floor.
Unfortunately for the Bulls, the team does not have the money to spend to obtain a premier shooting guard for the 2012-13 season. Chicago will likely begin its quest for a title with Hamilton starting in that spot, and hopefully more preseason preparation will help the 34-year-old NBA champion.
However, the Bulls may have the chance to select John Jenkins from Vanderbilt or Doron Lamb from Kentucky in the first round of the NBA Draft. Both of these players are skilled shooters and could immediately make an impact on offense off the bench.
When Rose comes back from his ACL injury, this may be the most important position to address moving forward for Chicago. The team prides itself on depth and defense, but another elite scorer alongside the former MVP could propel the Bulls to the next level in the NBA playoffs.