Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

NAME YOUR BULLS FIVE

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Let’s see what 5 players you would pick (and why) to start for the Bulls. Go ahead and assume Larry Hughes is healthy, as if that actually matters. I think his nickname should be 411 because he seemingly always shoots 4-11 from the field. Anyway, here are the 5 I would go with.

PG- Derrick Rose. Duh. Play him until he pukes, wipe it off his jersey, have him swish some gatorade and get back out there. Rose needs to play maximum minutes from day one.

SG-Ben Gordon. It’s not that I don’t like Ben Gordon–I really, really do. I was stoked when the Bulls drafted him and have always been a fan. I just think he is limited in his skill set and he is undersized. But I think Rose can get Gordon better looks and make him more potent on the offensive end. Plus I want Hinrich leading my 2nd team.

SF- Luol Deng. No brainer. Deng has his big contract and the nagging injuries of a year ago are now just a bad memory. Like or not, Bulls fans expect a career year from #9. Deng–believe it or not–is entering his 5th year in the league. Wow. I want to see him get to the basket more. That’s the one thing that has always bothered me about both Gordon and Deng–they should be getting to the hole.

PF- Tyrus Thomas. It’s really this simple. TT begins the season as a starter. If he fails to show max effort and/or increased production then he can go to the bottom of the rotation. He’s another guy that needs to play more minutes. He’s only 22 with just that one year of college. He needs to play. Period.

C- Drew Gooden. I need someone who can play with their back to the basket. I think Gooden is much better than people perceive him to be. Last year in limited time with the Bulls he averaged 14 & 9. I think he can do that all year. He’s a solid pro.

I’m really not sure why Nocioni and Larry Hughes are still here. Noah comes off the bench and creates a nice 3-man rotation with Gooden and Thomas. Gray will see some minutes too. I like Sefolosha but I think he is a bench player from what I’ve seen. Hinrich leads the 2nd team.

  • http://www.docksquadsports.com docksquad

    Great minds think alike! haha. I got the same starting five! START DROSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Glad to hear it!

  • http://www.nogutsglory.blogspot.com swnole

    I would like to see them try Hinrich at the 2. He has the stroke to play it, but he may be lacking on defense. It also allows D-Rose to be more of a scorer.

  • Schmidty

    The one positive about the Bulls is they’re deep and have interchangeable parts. Their best players don’t match up with the best on other teams, but their worst ones are much better than those they’d be on the floor against. Does that make sense?? :)

  • http://sharapovasthigh.blogspot.com Matt

    That’s how I’d probably do it, and it’s putting our 5 best players on the floor, but I still don’t know.

    PG- Rose… holy crap is he getting it quickly. He’s already the best player on the team.
    SG- This is where I’m not sure. Hughes’ injury helps make this a little easier, and his injury also makes the team better. Gordon’s clearly the best guard, and I’ve been a pro-Gordon guy always, even more so with this bunch. We need his scoring. However, he’s clearly better off the bench. I can never understand it, and he claims he always wants to start, but he’s a better 6th man. Kirk’s shooting doesn’t look improved from last year, he’s like 4 of 20 from behind the arc. Plus like you said, he’s our 2nd best point guard. Thabo’s shot looks as flat as ever, to me that’s the biggest disappointment of the preseason. I really thought he’d get better offensively. There’s no doubt he’s terrific on the defensive end though, so he’s still valuable.
    SF- Deng, although he hasn’t impressed this preseason. Im afraid this is what he is. He doesnt have that killer mentality like Rose and Gordon do.
    PF- Tyrus looks like a double-double machine. He still makes stupid plays here and there, and has absolutely no touch, but he’s been a beast on the boards and makes things happen. The only way he’ll continue to mature and get better is by being on the floor. However, this is also Gooden’s natural position, so I don’t think he’s starting for sure just yet.
    C- I really want Gooden’s offense on the floor, having a big man that can score consistently is huge for this team. Gooden’s been drilling 18 footers too. He should have a solid year. Problem is, he’s undersized for a C. Looking at our opening night lineup, I might rather have Noah on Bogut rather than Gooden. As for Noah, his +/- stats are usually near the top on the team each time he plays. It’s not pretty, but we play well when he’s on the floor.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Good stuff–thanks everyone. I must say until Rose went off I wasn’t very excited about the season. And I agree on Deng. He’s heady-but sometimes I want to see him go to the lane and dunk on someone.

  • dhaab

    Another average Chicago sports team is being lauded by Zoner Sports. Must be pre-season! :)

  • http://nogutsglory.blogspot.com Los Brown

    I agree with all but one of your proposed starters. I would insert Kirk Hinrich as the SG because he’s is bigger and a better defender than Gordon. Also Gordon has become a distraction to the team with his contract complaints.

  • JKDilla

    PG- Rose. #1 picks should be immediate starters. No babying here please.

    SG- Thabo. Gordon is better off the bench, and Thabo played better when he was a starter last season. In fact, Thabo should be getting a lot of minutes spreading his time among 1-3 positions. His effectiveness and production go hand in hand with how much PT he’s getting. He should be on floor at least 30 mins a game. Rotate Kirk and Ben among the 2 guard spots as needed till Hughes comes back and we can deal either or both.

    SF- Deng. What other option is there? Oh, will he be able to post people up like he was supposed to last year? Any additional inside scoring is a plus.

    PF- Tyrus Thomas, you may never be Amare Stoudamire…. but please be good for a double-double and 2 blocks a game. He’s trade bait come midseason if this team blows.

    C- Gooden. His inside scoring will be needed. Damn the team is small.

  • http://www.docksquadsports.com docksquad

    JKDilla nailed the lineup!!! Good start last night playaz! GO BULLS!

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