NBA Free Agents 2011: Shooting Guards Chicago Bulls Should Avoid

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2011

NBA Free Agents 2011: Shooting Guards Chicago Bulls Should Avoid

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    The Chicago Bulls need a shooting guard to successfully compete for the NBA championship, and there are a few free agent shooting guards who the Bulls need to avoid.

    Unlike the Orlando Magic's Jason Richardson and Sacramento Kings' Marcus Thornton, these other shooting guards either have issues with lack of scoring abilities, little starting experience or bad health.

    For the Bulls to improve at the 2-guard, these free agents should not be signed.

Phoenix Suns' Vince Carter

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    The Chicago Bulls would have made a big splash if they signed Vince Carter a few years ago, but his is now a shell of his dominant self.

    Gone are the days when Carter could drop 25-30 points a night and in are the days of inconsistent and limited offensive performances.

    The 34-year-old Carter, who played for the Phoenix Suns last season, has had difficulty staying healthy the past two years.

    Carter played 22 games for the Orlando Magic in 2009-10 while averaging 15.1 points a game in 30 minutes.

    With the Suns, Carter performed in 51 contests while posting 13.5 points a game in 27 minutes.

    Carter is a nice role player at this stage of his career, but he isn't a player to turn it on when Derrick Rose is having an off night.

Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown

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    The Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown is a talented player, but he hasn't proven that he could be an effective NBA starter.

    The 26-year-old Brown, who plays both guard positions, has started only 16 games in his first five seasons. He also has averaged just 16.4 minutes a game during his career.

    While Brown has potential, he is not the answer for a starting shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls.

    Brown has problems handling the ball and doesn't see the floor well. He struggles to create his own shot and tends to dribble into bad situations.

    The Bulls' Derrick Rose needs to have a shooting guard who can create his own shot. Brown doesn't fit that bill.

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy

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    Brandon Roy is a special player, but the Portland Trail Blazers' star has suffered severe injuries to his left knee and right knees the past couple years.

    Roy's knees have been drained multiple times and he had to undergo surgery on both knees this past January.

    Roy, 27, doesn't have the meniscus tissue left in either knee, so he is suffering from two arthritic knees.

    That will result in a steady decline in his play.

    The 2006-07 Rookie of the Year improved his game each year until his knees gave out at the end of the 2009-10 season.

    For example, Roy averaged 12.2 points per game on 40 percent shooting in just 47 games last year.

    While Roy could find the Fountain of Youth and be rejuvenated after the knee surgeries, he is too much of a risk as his arthritic knees will continue to deteriorate.

Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford

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    While the Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford is supremely talented, he is not the right fit for the Chicago Bulls.

    If Bulls fans remember, Crawford began his career in Chicago and had one good season in 2003-04. That year, he averaged 17.3 points a night but shot 38.6 percent from the field.

    Crawford is a high volume shooter and can be really streaky who will get Derrick Rose and the other Bulls out of sync, especially if he is having an off-shooting night.

    Crawford is not a good defender. He is better defending point guards than shooting guards. Crawford lacks physical strength while having bad shot selection.

    His scoring will be offset by his poor defense and shooting.

Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Redd

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    The Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Redd used to be an explosive offensive player.

    Now, the 32-year-old is looking for a job.

    Redd has struggled getting onto the hardwood the last three years. He has missed 185 games during that span due to various knee injuries.

    Redd tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee, which was thought to be a career-threatening injury.

    The Bucks hoped to get something out of Redd the final 10 games of the 2010-11 season, but Redd could only manage 4.4 points a night while logging in 13.4 minutes per game.

    Redd would've been a great decision three or four years ago, but he is now a shell of his former self.

    Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.