So far this preseason, a few members of the Chicago Bulls haven't been very spectacular. But hey, it's only preseason; these games don't really count.
You certainly can't include Derrick Rose on the disappointing list. In both his exhibition games this year (he sat against the Washington Wizards due to knee soreness), the 2011 MVP has shown the same quickness and speed that he possessed before the .
And Taj Gibson definitely hasn't disappointed Bulls fans thus far, dunking all over the place and knocking down jumpers left and right. Watch out Carlos Boozer, Mr. Gibson could snatch your starting spot in the near future.
So which players haven't looked sharped during the preseason? Who isn't quite ready for opening night just yet?
Marquis Teague barely played during the first two preseason games, logging just six minutes against the Indiana Pacers and seven versus the Memphis Grizzlies. He scored three points in the first contest and four during the second.
That's not bad at all, seeing that he didn't play much. It's pretty hard to drop 30 points when you're receiving only six minutes per game. Then why is he even on this list?
Teague makes an appearance due to his performance against the Wizards. He played 25 minutes in this one, recording a meager four points and one assist.
This was his chance to show what he can do. He was supposed to gain the trust of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and prove that he's ready to be an impact role player. Unfortunately, he didn't come through.
He needs to play like he did over the summer, which was attacking the basket and setting up his teammates, in order to make Thibodeau's rotation. Luckily, Teague has another five preseason games to prove himself. We'll see if he can get the done.
Chicago used its second-round pick (49th overall) in this year's draft on Erik Murphy. It was a somewhat surprising move since he isn't known for his defense, which the Bulls pride themselves on.
Although he won't shut anyone down with his D and doesn't possess LeBron James-type athleticism, Murphy was drafted because of his ability to shoot the ball. He shot 45 percent from downtown as a senior at Florida (the Bulls ranked 21st in three-point percentage last season).
So far, Murphy's shot isn't falling. He has hit only 26.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 20 percent from three-point land. And while he's receiving a decent amount of playing time (21 minutes per game), Murphy is averaging just 3.3 points.
Thibodeau didn't play his rookies, Jimmy Butler and Teague, the last two seasons, and they were both first-round picks. So he'll have to be really blown away in order to play a second-rounder. However, if Murphy's shot starts to fall as the preseason progresses, he could end up cracking the regular-season rotation. You know the saying "Never say never."
He has game. Watch him here as he dominates during a summer league contest versus the Dallas Mavericks:
We go from one rookie to another. The Bulls selected Tony Snell 20th overall, passing up a center to back up Joakim Noah.
Snell can't play center, but like Murphy he has the ability to shoot. And also like Murphy he has struggled quite a bit thus far.
Playing nearly 19 minutes per game, Snell is averaging 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and two rebounds while shooting 15.4 percent from the field. Yes, you read that right, 15.4 percent. That's not impressive by any stretch of the imagination.
Plus, he has missed all five of his three-point attempts. That means he's shooting 0 percent from beyond the arc in case you're extremely horrible at math. Again, it's just preseason. No need to worry.
Snell has the potential to be a great pro. He is a solid defender who could develop into an outstanding defender down the road, especially under the tutelage of Coach Thibs. Yet, in the meantime, he must shake off the rookie jitters and show why he was a first-round draft pick.
Expect Snell to receive playing time for the remainder of the preseason, as Thibodeau looks to see exactly what the rookie brings to the table. And also expect that 15 percent to rise. He's too good of a shooter.
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