The Chicago Bulls added three new players this offseason, each a shooter with some extra value.
During free agency, the Bulls used their taxpayer exception on Milwaukee's Mike Dunleavy, signing him to a two-year deal. With this move, the Bulls are hoping to remedy their three-point shooting deficiency and become a more potent offensive unit.
Tony Snell and Erik Murphy were taken in the first and second round, respectively, of the 2013 NBA Draft, but rookies haven't fared well during their first year under head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Both Jimmy Butler and Marquis Teague sat for a majority of their debut seasons, only seeing spot minutes on separate occasions.
That's expected again in 2013-14 unless Thibodeau has a change of heart toward rookies. The only new face guaranteed solid minutes is Dunleavy, and the Bulls should have high hopes for him.
So how big of an impact will each new addition make?
Percentages: 42.8% FG (0.3-of-0.7), 40% 3PT (0.2-of-0.5), 75% FT (0.3-of-0.4)
Basic Stats: 4.3 MPG, 1.1 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 40 Games Played
Chances are the Florida product won't see the floor very often.
Murphy shot 45 percent on threes his final year with the Gators, and if that's any indication of what he can do in the pros, there could be a small role for him in the rotation.
The main issue is he's not a great rebounder due to his stretch 4 nature. His lack of quickness also makes him a liability on the defensive end. These are two major problems when playing for Thibodeau, meaning Murphy will probably be on the bench for a large portion of the season.
With the Bulls' thin frontcourt, however, Murphy could potentially get big minutes if there's a major injury.
Percentages: 40% FG (0.6-of-1.5), 33.3% 3PT (0.2-of-0.6), 78.5% (1.1-of-1.4)
Basic Stats: 7.2 MPG, 2.5 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49 Games Played
Chicago already has Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Butler and Dunleavy to fill the 2-guard and small forward positions, so there won't be much to go around for rookie Tony Snell.
Snell does have potential, though.
He has good size for his position (6'7", 200 pounds) and could become a great defender with Thibodeau coaching him. The former Lobo could wind up with some spot minutes here and there, but don't expect to see a lot of him unless there's a blowout underway.
There could be a future for Snell in Chicago if the Bulls decide to let Deng walk next summer, but for now, he'll be learning the game from the sideline.
Percentages: 46.6% FG (4.2-of-9.0), 43.9% 3PT (1.8-of-4.1), 81.2% FT (1.3-of-1.6)
Basic Stats: 24.6 MPG, 11.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.2 TO, 77 Games Played
The Bulls signed Dunleavy to fill a sixth man role, so you can expect him to have the highest usage from the new additions.
His three-point shooting is his one of his biggest assets. The Bulls were near the bottom of the league in attempts and makes from deep last season, so having one of the more efficient shooters will surely improve that aspect of their game.
The Bulls will likely use Dunleavy similarly to how they used Kyle Korver: coming off screens and as a spot-up shooter. Expect the 11-year veteran's three-point numbers to be similar to last year's.
Dunleavy's size will also play a big role in his involvement.
There are several lineups in which Chicago can use him: a small lineup where he plays as a stretch big or a bigger lineup that puts him at the 2-guard spot.
This way, even if Butler and Deng take up a big bulk of minutes at the wing positions, Dunleavy will also take some of the remaining frontcourt minutes.
Chicago had its starters and main second unit set in stone prior to making any offseason moves, so it's no surprise some of its new players won't be very impactful. Dunleavy is expected to be the only one of the three to have consistent rotation minutes and a role in the offense.
That's not to say the rookies won't have their chance.
Chicago wants to be a better shooting team and now has the personnel to be one. The Bulls can now put a shooter on each corner if they want to, and you can expect at least one of the draftees will be there.
The Bulls will be fine without big years from their rookies, but they'll need Dunleavy to have a solid and efficient season in order to make a good run.
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