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The point guard position is initially rather fuzzy in this conversation.
Nate Robinson seemingly brings the most firepower offensively, with his ability to create his own shot and catch fire from long distance.
However, Robinson's defense is lackluster, and while his offensive is enthralling at times, it is also destructive on other occasions.
This is why the Bulls should go with who they can trust. That is Kirk Hinrich.
When Hinrich, Butler, Deng, Gibson and Noah are on the floor together, they create eye-opening production and efficiency.
According to 82games.com, their offensive rating as a unit is 1.16 and their defensive rating is 0.79. This reveals two things: 1) This group of five knows how to get buckets together, and 2) They comprise one of the stingiest defensive squads in the league.
With this in view, how can you possibly argue against this group, featuring Hinrich, playing late?
Some may lobby for Robinson to be inserted rather than Hinrich. There may be some situations where late timeouts enable the Bulls to trade defense for offense, where Robinson can come in for Hinrich when the Bulls hold possession.
Overall, though, Hinrich should serve as the team's floor general. He provides a plethora of contributions that don't show up on the stat sheet.
This is specifically magnified when looking at how plugging Robinson into this unit instead of Hinrich changes things. The offensive rating suddenly dips to 0.99 and the defensive rating rises mightily to 1.10, according to 82games.com.
Hinrich's decision-making and defense are significant to the noise Chicago can make in the postseason. All the evidence points in favor of him playing come crunch time.
All the evidence also points towards who the Bulls' clutch five should truly be: Noah, Deng, Butler, Gibson and Hinrich.