Chicago Bulls: Nate Robinson and Nazr Mohammad Boost a Depleted Roster
In what was probably the most positive moves for the Bulls this off season, the recent signings of veterans Nate Robinson and Nazr Mohammad will help the franchise, at least in the short term. The Bulls have had a less than stellar summer since being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs back in May.
The injury to Derrick Rose has Bulls fans nervous about the future, and the dark cloud hanging over Luol Deng in regards to his wrist injury and being the subject of trade rumors didn't help either.
But then the Bulls front office decided to break up the "Bench Mob." First they declined the options on C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer. Then they traded clutch-shooter Kyle Korver, followed by the refusal to match Houston's offer sheet to Omer Asik.
Follow that up with the releases of John Lucas III, Mike James and Brian Scalabrine, combine it with the return of Kirk Hinrich and the signing of Vladimir Radmanovic, and this Bulls team does not look so good on paper.
Until recently, the only good move the Bulls made was drafting rookie point guard Marquis Teague. There was also good news coming out of the NBA Summer League in regards to the outstanding play of forward Jimmy Butler.
But for now, Bulls fans may be able to breathe a little easier with the recent acquisitions. Point guard Nate Robinson is best known as the little guy who can dunk. He may also be remembered for his epic slam dunk contest battles with Dwight Howard.
But Nate Robinson doesn't get enough credit for his actual play on the court. The 5'9" Robinson is a solid assist guy, he also averages 11 points per game, and he plays defense when necessary. Not to mention the fact that he has one of the better jump shots in the game.
After being traded away from the New York Knicks, Robinson became somewhat of a journeyman. He had two stints with Boston, he also played with Golden State and Oklahoma City before coming to Chicago. He did have injuries here and there but he's always managed to play through them.
I think that Nate Robinson will fit in well with the Bulls, and I expect him to get decent playing time with the absence of Derrick Rose. As for Nazr Mohammad, the veteran journeyman returns to his home town of Chicago.
The former Kenwood Academy standout fills a huge void left behind by the departure of Omer Asik. Mohammad doesn't put up huge numbers but he always makes his presence felt in the paint. Although most Bulls fans wish that Kurt Thomas was still here, I feel the same way.
But Mohammad, in my opinion, is a better player than Radmanovic and he will serve this team well. The Bulls will not be as dominant as they were the previous two seasons, but I feel much better about their chances after the signings of Robinson and Mohammad.
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