Bulls 2014 Season Preview: Point Guards
Finally….the NBA season is upon us. The preseason is winding down, and all roster moves are set. The Bulls season officially starts Oct. 29 on the road against the New York Knicks. Before that game, we will preview the Bulls depth at each position.
The first position that being previewed is the most important, point guard. For the past two years, the Bulls have not had constant production from the point guard position. This year the Bulls are the deepest at point guard than any other position.
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Thoughts about Rose’s demise are fading as of late. Rose demolished the Cleveland Cavilers in their preseason game by scoring 30 points in 24 minutes. That game showed Rose as the explosive, unstoppable player that he was when he dethroned LeBron James for the 2010-2011 NBA MVP.
In the game against the Cavilers, Rose hit four 3-pointers. The added range will make it difficult for teams to stop Rose one-on-one. Rose’s speed allows him to drive the length of the floor in less than four seconds, and with a reliably 3-point shot it will make it so opposing teams will have to trap him constantly leaving teammates open for easy shots. In case you forgot how good Rose is here is something to jog your memory.
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Hinrich comes into his second straight season as the backup to Rose. Last year, the injury to Rose moved Hinrich into the starting lineup, and the offense struggled . The Bulls finished last in points per game. At 33, Hinrich is nearing the end of his career, and he relies on his basketball IQ over athleticism.
Hinrich’s high basketball IQ allows the Bulls to be creative with their offensive lineups (will get into that later). With Rose healthy, Hinrich will be needed less to score, and more to run the offense with the second team. The biggest concern with Hinrich is can he constantly shoot the 3-point shot like he did in 2010-11 with the Atlanta Hawks.
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The biggest question in the back court outside of Rose’s health. Brooks can either be Nate Robinson 3.0 (2.0 was D.J. Augustine) or a complete waste of a roster spot. The Bulls need instant office off the bench, and are hoping that Brooks can turn back time to find his game. In the 2009-2010 season while with the Houston Rockets, Brooks averaged 19.6 points per game.
Since then he has not played 75 games in a season due to injuries. Coach Tom Thibodeau likes to play his starters high minutes, but if Brooks can produce points in quick and efficient spurts then the Bulls will have three good options at point guard.
Next time the Bulls shooting guards will be examined.