After making several key free agent signings in the summer of 2010, the Chicago Bulls have taken a huge step forward this year. With the arrival of Carlos Boozer via free agency and the emergence of Derrick Rose as the league’s top point guard, the Bulls have risen to third in the Eastern conference and have played like a legitimate championship competitor.
The Bulls have the second best defense in the NBA, behind only the Boston Celtics, and Chicago’s roster has developed some very strong chemistry. With such a strong and cohesive team, there is only one thing holding the Bulls back.
That is the shooting guard position.
With Michael Jordan long gone, the Bulls are left with Keith Bogans manning the starting two guard spot, and he has failed to deliver on a consistent basis thus far in the season. Despite strong play recently, Bogans is averaging just 3.9 points per game while shooting barely over 40% from the field. Bogans is a solid defender and a decent three point shooter, but he simply can’t contend with the elite shooting guards the Bulls will be facing during the playoffs.
Recently, Bulls fans have been calling for the team to acquire a new shooting guard via trade. However, this is much easier said than done. The Bulls lack the trade assets to trade for any upgrades at the shooting guard position, and vice president John Paxson has stated that management is unwilling to risk botching the team’s chemistry through a late season trade. Thus, it seems very unlikely that the Bulls will be making any trades at the deadline this year.
However, this does not mean that an upgrade at shooting guard will not occur soon. With a variety of quality wing players entering free agency in the summer of 2011, the Bulls will likely be looking to add new players during that period. So without further ado, here are the Chicago Bulls top ten options to upgrade at shooting guard during the free agency period of 2011.