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No matter how you paint things, though, the half-court offense off the bench has been somewhere between absolutely god-awful and horrific.
The entire bench has accounted for a mere 10 assists through three games, and in the last game, it had one assist as an entire bench.
Calling that a lack of ball movement is to give it too much credit. It's outright horrendous, and it's not going to help the team score. There'd be more ball movement if the game were played in tar.
That has ramifications on shooting.
Take Gibson and Mohammed out of the picture and the bench has gone 18 of 86 from the field. That's a field-goal percentage of .209. But wait, it did make one three-point shot! So its effective field-goal percentage was a whopping .215.
When the bench field-goal percentage is the Mendoza Line (which is .215, not .200, I'm a purist!), that's a bad thing.
Offensively, particularly in the half court, they've been abysmal and this is where there is cause of concern. Ostensibly there should be more offense here as the new group is more offensively talented than the old bench, but if they don't start passing the ball that won't matter.
There is also concern with the starting five which has been stagnant at times as well. The Bulls have only averaged 83 points per game during the preseason. Even with a great defense, that is only going to win you so many games.
The Bulls are going to miss Derrick Rose and his ability to break down defenses and create offense the most when they are growing stagnant.
There will be games they lose because they are missing that ability. Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich will have it in flashes, but the Bulls will struggle at times on offense, and that's not just a preseason thing—it's a personnel thing.
There was hope that some of the new signings would help with that, but so far, it's not looking like that's the case.