Ranked eighth in the league in offensive rebounds, Drew "The Truth" Gooden shows potential to be the answer to the long lingering question for the Chicago Bulls down low.
Other big men in the league have prevailed with less athleticism than Gooden shows, which I believe makes for an exciting year. Gooden has been described as a lazy player when he knows it doesn't count, but last year he seemed to be a hard worker.
Does that mean that if the Bulls are 10 games out of the playoff hunt come midway through the season that Gooden isn't going to show up? I hope not.
With a career average of just under 12 points, Gooden doubles that of ex-Bull Ben Wallace, who, when signed, was hoped to be the answer. We knew Big Ben didn't have the ability to score many points, but hoped he could bang around enough to open things up. It didn't work out that way.
Before you lash out asking yourself, how big of an impact can this guy make, let's look at someone with virtually the same stats last season: Rasheed Wallace.
Gooden averaged 12 points a game, while Wallace averaged 12.7. Gooden averaged 8.6 rebounds per game, while Wallace averaged 6.6. Both men averaged 30 minutes per game.
Is Gooden as good as Wallace? Who knows. Did they have virtually the same stats last year? Yes. Did Wallace make an impact on Detroit's playoff run? Big time.
With this being the last year of his contract, Gooden needs to have a big season. And if anything in the NBA is typical, that selfish motivator might be just what the Bulls need.
If "The Truth" can come out kicking and screaming, making his presence known down low and scoring some points from the post, the Bulls will have a lot to look forward to this season. Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon will have room to work with, and Vinny Del Negro will be a happy camper!