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Although Carlos Boozer has been a reliable offensive power forward for the Chicago Bulls, an argument can be made that he’s not even the best power forward on his own team.
The following per 36 minutes stats, courtesy of Basketball Reference, provide a nice comparison between Boozer and backup Taj Gibson:
Boozer: 18.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 47.7 percent field goal shooting.
Gibson: 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.2 blocks, 48.5 percent field goal shooting.
Boozer averages more points, rebounds and assists when compared with Gibson, but the key difference comes on the defensive end.
In addition to averaging far more blocks per game (2.2 compared to 0.4), Gibson’s on court/off court defensive numbers are clearly more favorable.
When he was on the court for the Bulls, the offensive rating of opponents was 100.9 points per 100 possessions on 46.5 percent from the floor. When he was off the court, opponents had an offensive rating of 104.5 points per 100 possessions on 48.4 percent shooting.
By contrast, when Boozer was on the court, the offensive rating of opponents was 104.7 points per 100 possessions on 48.5 percent shooting. When he went to the bench, that offensive rating dropped to 100.5 points per 100 possessions on 46.2 percent shooting.
To put it simply, Chicago was a more efficient defensive team when Boozer was on the bench and Gibson was on the court.
Trading Boozer makes sense for the Bulls moving forward to further embrace their defensive identity with Gibson. Moving the $32.1 million Boozer is owed over the next two seasons, however, will not be an easy task.
The main reason why a Boozer trade isn’t all that likely is due to his contract situation and the fact that he’s a prime candidate for the amnesty clause. Other NBA teams aren’t going to give up assets to acquire that much money on the books.
Nevertheless, the Bulls may have another prime trade candidate during the 2013-14 season.
Odds of Getting Traded: 5 percent
Potential Destinations: Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats