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A little more than halfway through their first season as Bulls, both Asik and Watons have been solid players for the team. The problem is that neither will play huge minutes this season, or for the foreseeable future.
First, for Watson, he’s playing behind this guy named Derrick Rose, so he might not get that many minutes. However, he has shown the ability to shoot, and every once in a while he makes a pass that is just ridiculous. Recently, Coach Thib has been playing him at shooting guard in the fourth quarter, so Watson might see a slight increase in minutes.
But the bottom line is, he is a find by the front office. Few teams have a backup point guard as skilled as C.J., which will help to add to the team’s depth come playoff time. If he continues to play the way he has for the rest of the season, don’t be surprised if come the offseason, reports circulate stating that teams are trying to trade for him.
Asik has not played substantial minutes either, whether he is behind Noah or Kurt Thomas. It is also clear that Thibodeau does not entirely trust him because he is a rookie and more importantly, new to the style of basketball here in America.
It might sound silly, but as one who lived and played in Europe for many years, I can tell you it is a much different game. Asik can’t shoot a jumper, has a terrible free throw percentage and most important, does not have the strength or confidence to quickly catch the ball and dunk. Next game, watch the difference between Asik dunking and Taj dunking. It is remarkable.
On the plus side, every one of his faults is correctable and if he hits the weight room and learns to shoot free throws, he might score more. Granted, he will never average 15 points a game, but he might be able to chip in six to eight. And I haven’t even mentioned his skills yet.
He is a decent rebounder, shot blocker and outstanding defensive presence. Heck, he played well against Dwight Howard. A great find for the Bulls from Turkey, expect him to continue to improve the next few seasons.