Talk about one of the craziest summers ever in the NBA. The free-agency talk dominated all sports news and left us all on the edge of our seats, only to be exposed to the infamous, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach." Wow. Would Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Magic Johnson ever say that? Haha.
Enough about that, let's talk about the Chicago Bulls.
Although the Bulls didn't land the biggest fish in the pond, they got extremely solid players and now a roster deeper than any team in the NBA.
First, Carlos Boozer. In my opinion, a great pickup. He will step in at the 4 and will thrive with new pick-and-roll partner Derrick Rose. Also, having Noah play the 5 will benefit Boozer tremendously. You know each night what you can expect from Noah, and his rebounding and defensive skills are a huge plus.
Kyle Korver shot a whopping 53% from the three-point land last year. He should get plenty of open looks with defenses collapsing onto Derrick Rose, and Korver is known for his ability to catch-and-shoot. CJ Watson will serve as a solid backup point guard for Derrick Rose. Watson should be looking at roughly 15 minutes per game and has the ability to score as shown in his 40-point game this past season.
The acquisition of Ronnie Brewer is actually the most interesting of all the signings. He struggled last year, battling through a hamstring injury that left him out the entire season. However, in the 2008-2009 season, Brewer averaged 13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He is phenomenal at finishing above the rim, and should be a defensive force under new coach Tom Thibodeau. Look for him to start at the 2 and be a great sidekick for Derrick Rose.
Although the Chicago Bulls didn't get the biggest names in free agency, management has put together a team that should be extremely competitive in the Eastern Conference. The 2010 starting lineup should be as follows:
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Ronnie Brewer
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Carlos Boozer
C: Joakim Noah
Bench: Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, CJ Watson, James Johnson, Omer Asik, Kurt Thomas, and 1 remaining spot open
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