Re-Grading Every Chicago Bulls Offseason Acquisition
The Chicago Bulls were quite busy in the offseason, going out and acquiring several role players.
The group of newcomers included guys like Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli and Nazr Mohammed.
Hinrich and Co. were brought in to replace the likes of Omer Asik, C.J. Watson and Kyle Korver, who were all key members of the Bulls the past two seasons.
While some of these acquisitions have made the Bulls’ front office look like geniuses, others haven’t—at least not yet.
This slideshow will hand out grades to all the players who took their talent to Chicago this past offseason.
Stats used in this article were accurate as of 12-12-12.
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Bulls fans were very familiar with Kirk Hinrich before the team signed him as a free agent this past summer.
Drafted by the Bulls back in 2003, Hinrich spent the first seven years of his career in the Windy City, serving as a fan favorite.
Now in his second go-round in red and black, Captain Kirk hasn’t looked too great while starting in place of the injured Derrick Rose.
He’s currently averaging 6.7 points and 5.5 assists per game, while shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 65.8 percent from the foul line.
Hinrich obviously isn’t starter material like he was during his first stint in Chicago. However, he should emerge as a quality reserve once Rose returns to the lineup, whenever that is.
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After trading Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks, the Bulls desperately needed an outside shooter to fill the void.
With that said, the team went out and signed Marco Belinelli, who had spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Hornets.
Belinelli has proven to be one of the Bulls’ smartest acquisitions, as he can certainly make it rain from downtown.
Not looking so hot during the first part of the season, Belinelli has become an offensive star since moving into the starting lineup. Filling in for an injured Richard Hamilton, he has scored at least 18 points in three of his last five games.
If Belinelli continues to play well, he just might remain a starter, even when Hamilton comes back.
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By signing Nate Robinson, the Bulls thought they were adding energy and scoring to the second unit, and that’s exactly what Robinson has given his new team this season.
The former Washington Huskie is leading the Bulls’ bench in scoring with nearly 11 points a night. He also ranks third on the team in assists with an average of 3.6.
Robinson has led the Bulls in scoring on four different occasions, including his 21 versus the Houston Rockets.
While Robinson has put together some nice games this year, he has also disappeared at times. You never know if he’s going to drop 19 points or two points.
Nevertheless, bringing Robinson in was a clever move.
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During the summer, the Bulls chose not to retain Omer Asik, allowing him to head to the Houston Rockets.
You really can’t blame the front office for its decision, seeing that it has a ton of money invested in Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng.
The Bulls went on to sign Nazr Mohammed to replace Asik as Joakim Noah’s backup.
Thus far, the Chicago native hasn’t been impressive with his hometown team. He’s averaging 0.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, while shooting just 20 percent from the field. Yes, that's right, only 20 percent.
Due to Mohammed’s ineffectiveness, coach Tom Thibodeau has opted to play Noah a boatload of minutes at the center spot.
Will Nazr ever become a factor this season? Bulls fans are waiting.
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Chicago selected Marquis Teague with the 29th overall pick in last June’s draft.
The “one-and-done” out of Kentucky hasn’t played much this year, which isn’t a surprise at all. Tom Thibodeau isn’t a fan of playing rookies—just ask Jimmy Butler, who was last season’s victim.
Teague has appeared in nine games for the Bulls, producing 1.4 points and 1.3 assists per game.
In Chicago’s recent win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Indianapolis native played 20 minutes and recorded six points, four assists and two steals (all career-highs).
Teague is nothing more than a project right now, but he could turn out to be a great player within the next few years.
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Vladimir Radmanovic was signed to provide outside shooting off the bench. Too bad he hasn’t been able to showcase his shooting touch this season.
Vlad Rad rarely sees any action, appearing in just five games thus far for the Bulls. The 6'10" forward has been stuck to the bench, buried under the likes of Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson.
In 3.2 minutes per contest, Radmanovic is averaging 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds, owning a field-goal percentage of 37.5 percent.
Don't look for him to crack the rotation anytime soon.