Chicago Bulls in Need of a Healthy Tracy McGrady

Ahmad NafeContributor IJuly 27, 2010

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20:  Tracy McGrady #3 of the New York Knicks gestures against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2010 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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It seems like most sportswriters are opposed to the idea of the Bulls bringing in the 13-year veteran Tracy McGrady. Many Chicago Bulls fans believe that McGrady will disrupt the direction this team has recently taken toward contending for an NBA title. Many also argue that McGrady is well past his prime and is an injury-prone player.

I totally disagree with that school of thought. The Bulls, as they are currently constructed, are NOT ready for contending for a championship yet.

This may surprise many people who believe that the Bulls will be a force in the Eastern Conference next year. I’m not saying that the Bulls are a bad team. They are a 50-win team at best. They are certainly capable of advancing past the first round of the playoffs, but that is it!

The Bulls do have a great front court with Boozer, Noah, Thomas, and Asik, but the NBA is becoming more of a guard-oriented league, and in order to get to the NBA Finals, you can’t only rely on Derrick Rose to do all the work. You will need a guy who can score, pass, and get to the foul line.

Tracy McGrady is the answer for all of that for the Chicago Bulls. He could be the missing piece to the puzzle. He won’t be a costly addition to this Bulls team. If the Bulls sign McGrady and make him come off of the bench for 20-25 minutes a game, he will prove to be extremely valuable. You will always need someone who can draw double teams in addition to Rose in late game situation in order to win games in this league.

We all saw that Luol Deng couldn’t handle that role consistently throughout his career. Kyle Korver can shoot the ball well, but his game is limited to his shot. CJ Watson is a very solid player, but I don’t think Thibodeau will trust him late in games.

Throughout his career, Tracy McGrady was always the main player on each squad he played for. He had to play the solo role throughout his career, which made him a great finisher, but at the same time, more susceptible to injuries.

If he plays alongside Rose, Boozer, and Noah, life will be a lot more easier for McGrady. He will operate in an efficient manner by getting many open looks. McGrady would be a great asset for the Bulls in the fourth quarter of games.

When you have two players who are capable of closing out games in Rose and McGrady, a deep bench and an excellent front-court, you are talking about a true contender. In order for the Bulls to be mentioned among contenders in the East, they will have to sign McGrady.