How many sharp-shooters exist in the NBA today?
I’m talking guys who scare the living daylights out of opponents as soon as they launch the ball. Guys who don’t need to shoot more than a few threes per game to keep the floor balanced.
I’m talking about guys like Kyle Korver.
According to Neal Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls are waffling on what to do with the $5 million option owed to Korver next season. They have until July 10th to pick it up, and it should be their No. 1 priority at the moment.
Korver is coming off a season in which he scored 8.1 points and shot 43.5 percent from three-point land. This placed him in the top 10, despite taking the second-most attempts on the list.
Few, if any, shooters in the league are currently as consistent as Korver.
He is deadly from behind the arc, and he has been able to keep opposing defenses from sagging off him and helping on Derrick Rose. This allows Rose (or C.J. Watson/Kirk Hinrich) a much easier path to the lane and opens up the entire offense.
Without Korver, the Bulls have no consistent three-point shooting to speak of. They would have to rely too heavily on the 34-year-old Richard Hamilton. The lack of depth at shooting guard would be a glaring issue all season long.
Korver is more than just a one-dimensional shooter.
He isn’t afraid to dive for loose balls, stays incredibly aggressive on defense and is a strong piece of the terrific chemistry currently in the Bulls locker room. Sure, he’ll never beat a defender off the dribble or guard the other team’s best offensive player, but that’s OK when you have a strong team defense that can hide his deficiencies.
Sure, the financial issues are the main problem here. But with Omer Asik going to the Houston Rockets, they have the money to sign Korver. It may prevent the Bulls from making a run at another mid-level free agent, but they don’t need to add anybody else. This team has a terrific core that’s used to playing together. They don’t need any outside help.
They have a championship-caliber roster and don’t need to drastically change anything to ensure a deep run in the 2013 postseason. All they need is a healthy Rose and the current roster, minus Asik.
Korver is worth the $5 million, and the Bulls would take a significant step backwards offensively without him.