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Richard Hamilton's jump shot had better be working at the onset of the NBA season or the Bulls offense could be stagnant.
The scoring punch lost without Rose creates a void that needs to be filled. Furthermore, the effect Rose’s furious ball handling and ability to drive the paint is something the Bulls offense thrives on.
Hamilton, like Rose, can stretch the floor with his jump shooting. When he is on a roll, it seems like every shot falls for the wily veteran. His frenetic movement off the ball opens up driving lanes for himself and cutting lanes for his teammates.
These things happen when Rip is performing at the top of his game. The 34-year-old is getting older, and it is evident in his scoring numbers going from 18.1 points per game in 2009-10 with Detroit to 11.6 last season.
Granted, his scoring role decreased substantially when he went to Chicago. Not to mention, he was recovering from an injury. Nevertheless, the Bulls hoped for a bit more from the pure scorer.
Hamilton is expected to be part of the starting rotation, unless second-year player Jimmy Butler really impresses head coach Tom Thibodeau in the preseason.
Either way, the Rose-less Bulls will stay stagnant in the half-court set, if there is no one to stretch the defense thin and force them to chase their marks.
Unless a player like Hamilton can be considerably more productive as a scorer than he was in 28 games last season, the Bulls will be counting the days until Rose returns.