As the Chicago Bulls continue to battle for a top-four seed, they will need more than a few players to elevate their games to get home-court advantage.
Only a select number of players have stood out for Chicago this year, most noticeably Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, the former making his second All-Star team in as many years. D.J. Augustin, a midseason signing, has been quite the surprise and has given the Bulls a spark off the bench.
Unfortunately, that’s been pretty much it for the Windy City.
Carlos Boozer has alternated every month between a fairly good player and a mediocre one, while Mike Dunleavy and rookie Tony Snell have tried to make the most of their three-point opportunities.
Veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich is having his best season scoring in three years, but his shooting remains as inconsistent as it has been during those same seasons.
Add in Jimmy Butler’s injury-plagued campaign and struggling offense, and it’s really a surprise that Chicago has managed its current success.
So, how can these players step up and help the Bulls as the season starts to wind down?
Note: Stats gathered from basketball-reference.com unless otherwise stated. Stats accurate as of Feb. 26 before games were played.