Newsflash: Chicago Bulls Rely Too Heavily on Jumpers
This is painful to see. I mean in my gut I know we are a jump-shooting team that can’t hit 3s. I know it. But part of me always thinks that we are getting some points in transition and Rose gets a lot of his points around the basket (lately at least). Alas, thanks to Hoopsdata‘s painstaking and painful research, the point has been proven mathematically:
As a team, the Bulls shoot 36.1 percent on long twos which is well below the league average of 39.6 percent. That might not seem like a big difference on the surface but in the last four years, only this year’s New Jersey Nets and the Isiah Thomas-led New York Knicks of 2006-07 fare worse from this area. So if you’re scoring from home, the Bulls love taking shots from a zone where they rank 118 out of 120 teams. Not only that, even though the Bulls frequent the long range shot, they almost never launch where the payoff is higher in 3-point land.
Gross. The article goes on to discuss how Luol Deng is the main culprit from 16-23 feet (37.2% on 7.1 attempts a game). It also points out that Deng and Thomas are terrible pieces to put next to Rose. I don’t entirely disagree with him, and it shows exactly why we miss Ben Gordon so much. With everyone taking long 2s and missing them, defenses are packing it in near the basket and allowing the Bulls to fire away. If we had just one guy who could knock down the 3 consistently (Salmons and Hinrich do NOT count this season, and Pargo doesn’t make 3s anymore for some reason), that would help Rose get to the basket more and open up lanes for Tyrus to attack the rim.
So what does this mean for the Bulls? Well Hoopsdata seems to take a dump on everyone’s wish for Bosh or Boozer, since a big man in love with the long jumper seems to be the last thing we need. Joe Johnson anyone? Obviously LeBron or Wade would be ideal, but Johnson could be the perfect fit next to Rose. He can knock down the 3 and defend the other team’s bigger guard. Think about it.