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The absolute most important personnel move that the Bulls need to make is to upgrade at the shooting guard spot. Keith Bogans simply didn't cut it last year, and Ronnie Brewer may not be the right fit alongside Rose in the starting lineup.
We begin our game of "Pick-a-Bulls-Guard" with Arron Afflalo of the Denver Nuggets. I'm a firm believer in the talent of Afflalo, and I think that what he brings to the table is exactly the right complement to Rose's abilities.
Unfortunately, Afflalo is a restricted free agent, and a favorite in the Nuggets' organization, so signing him may prove to be rather difficult. If the Nuggets choose to spend a lot of money on re-signing Wilson Chandler, though, the Bulls may have a shot at landing him for relatively cheap.
Ability-wise, he is an absolute torch artist from 18 feet and out. This is evidenced by his career shooting percentages of 46.4 percent from the field and 40.8 from three-point range. And those numbers include his first two seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he was rarely utilized. His two seasons with the Nuggets saw him sport averages of 46.5 percent and 49.8 percent from the field, as well as 43.4 percent and 42.3 percent from deep.
Not only that, he excels at moving without the ball in his hands. Last year, he played alongside both Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson, two ball-dominating point guards. Earlier in the season, as well as the year before that, he played with Chauncey Billups, another ball-dominating point guard. I have full confidence that he would easily adapt to Rose's playing style.
Defensively, he can simply shut down his man. He doesn't fill up the stat sheet on the defensive end of the ball, but he plays excellent man defense due to quick feet and excellent court awareness.
Adding Afflalo would be like combining the offensive talents of Kyle Korver with the on-ball defense of Ronnie Brewer. He has shown that he can consistently score about 10 to 15 points a night. What more could the Bulls want?