Out of the five new players general manager Gar Foreman added, there is one who might really surprise people and make a huge impact.
Nate Robinson was the last guy signed, but he could be set to have the biggest impact of all the new Bulls. While he is known more for his dunks during All-Star weekends, people forget just how good of a player he has been.
Last season, Robinson averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists for the Warriors coming mostly off the bench. During his last full season in New York ('08-'09), he averaged 17.2 points coming off the bench.
The Bulls haven't had a player capable of instant offense like this since Ben Gordon won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2005.
If Bulls fans thought they liked John Lucas III, wait until they get a load of Robinson.
While Kirk Hinrich is expected to be the starter, there is a possibility Robinson could spend more time at PG. With Hinrich's ability to play shooting guard, coach Tom Thibodeau may employ a small backcourt and put the duo on the floor together.
With Robinson's quickness and ability to get to the rim, it should help lessen the blow of losing Rose. Not that anyone can fully replace him, but Robinson is better suited to do so offensively than Hinrich.
Some people may say that Jimmy Butler could be a candidate to surprise people, but I disagree. The Bulls are actually depending pretty heavily on Butler.
Foreman decided not to bring Ronnie Brewer back because they wanted to free up playing time for Butler. With the way Butler played during the summer, it would be more surprising if he failed than succeeded.
Another dark horse I have heard mentioned is Carlos Boozer.
Boozer will be asked to carry more of the offensive load and could potentially equal the production he had during his days in Utah. While that might surprise many, it shouldn't.
The biggest difference between Boozer today and a few years ago is about the time he spends on the floor. During his final season in Utah he averaged five more minutes a game.
If he played five more minutes a night it wouldn't surprise me if he scored five more points a night.
For these reasons, I think Robinson will surprise a lot of people and make a big impact this upcoming season.
What do you think Bulls fans? Who is your dark horse candidate to surprise people and make a big impact this season?
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