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At this point can Boozer's stock go down any more? Are there even more stocks left to sell? The inclination is to say "stock down" but down to where? Rock bottom is rock bottom.
The chance for Boozer's stock to go up relies on if his minutes at center go up. What's shocking is that if you look at his breakdown by position on 82games.com, he's actually a much better center than he is a power forward.
As a power forward, Boozer was actually not bad on offense (unless you count the times when games actually mattered). He averaged 23.9 points per 48 minutes and had a PER of 19.3. On defense he was horrible, though, giving up a PER of 17.3.
Now it should be said that he actually did outplay his opponent on average. Per 48 minutes he scored 4.5 more points, grabbed 2.9 more boards and shot .527 to his opponents' .468.
There's something really striking though when he played center. He utterly dominated his opponent on both ends of the court. His own PER was 26.3, and his opponents only had a PER of 12.7.
He scored 28.9 points per game to his opponents' 15.7, grabbed 15.2 boards to his opponents' 13.7. And here is the most striking stat of all: He shot .568 to his opponents' average of .400 when he played center.
So here's the gist. Boozer is a better center than power forward, and the Bulls are really sketchy at backup center.
Boozer is just better equipped to play center. His feet aren't quick enough to get into position when he plays power forward, so he just ends up fouling a lot. When he plays center, his feet aren't as important, and his lower body strength makes him hard to push around
Don't be shocked if Boozer's minutes, which have been depleted since being in Chicago because of his shoddy defense at power forward, go back up with him playing a lot more minutes at center. Not only would they go up in quantity, they'd go up in quality too if that were to happen.
A return to his 18-and-10 days in Utah are not at all impossible here. With Boozer, the issue hasn't been so much production while he's on the court; it's been playing enough defense to stay on the court. If he had averaged just 36 minutes a game last season, he would have done that. Extended minutes at center could put him into that range.