Addressing The Bulls’ Shooting Guard Need Elsewhere

The 2011 NBA Draft has come to an end and not many people anticipated the direction that the Bulls went in this year. The Bulls drafted Nikola Mirotic with the 23rd pick in the first round and Jimmy Butler with the 30th pick in the first round. Mirotic is a power forward that won’t join the Bulls for a few years (Carlos Boozer’s eventual heir apparent?) because he’ll be playing overseas and Butler can play the shooting guard spot but he’s more fitted to be a small forward.


Many experts thought the Bulls would draft a more instinctive shooting guard, Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins was still available and so was my personal favorite, Butler’s point guard/shooting guard Shelvin Mack. But the Bulls decided to go a different route and all signs indicate that the Bulls will address their need at the shooting guard position in free agency.


Let’s take a look at a few guys that the Bulls might pursue in the free agent market…


Jason Richardson – Orlando Magic: Richardson just turned 30 this year so he won’t be a long term solution for the Bulls but he’s still young enough to help the Bulls right now. He does a great job creating his own shot, has a real good jump shot and he can effectively rebound, steal and block. Lastly, he’s a huge 3-point threat that would help a Bulls team that was already ranked in the top 15 in 3-point percentage last season.




Wilson Chandler – Denver Nuggets: Chandler is a restricted free agent and Denver has already made a qualifying offer to Chandler. So if Chandler chooses not to accept the qualifying offer, then the Bulls could sign Chandler to an offer sheet. The problem though is that Denver could match the offer sheet because Chandler would still be a restricted free agent. However, if Denver chose not to match the offer sheet then Chandler would become a Bull. Got it? Good.

Now that that’s out of the way, Chandler has had success driving to the basket and can shoot the ball effectively. He’s a pretty good defender and is a solid rebounder. Another great thing about Chandler is his versatility; he can also play small forward and power forward. So if the Bulls somehow swung a trade to get Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic, the Bulls would most certainly have to give up Luol Deng and Joakim Noah in that deal. If that were to happen, the Bulls could still sign Jason Richardson then the projected starting lineup would be Derrick Rose, Jason Richardson, Wilson Chandler, Carlos Boozer and Dwight Howard. That might be a little farfetched but that’s a real nice lineup.


Jamal Crawford was a member of the Bulls from 2000-2004

Jamal Crawford – Atlanta Hawks: Bulls fans are familiar with Crawford, who is a former Bull. Crawford might be a nice addition but also a risky one too. Crawford won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award last season and earned it but could Crawford be thrown back into a starting role again and be productive? Crawford will make his fair share of shots and when he’s hot. He can get you back into a game, keep you in the game, and pull you away in a game. On the contrary, he takes some bad shots too and his defense will make Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau cringe. If Crawford is available for a reasonable price and the better free agent options are no longer available, he might be a nice pick-up. Hey, at least Keith Bogans wouldn’t be starting, right?



Many things can happen this summer for the Bulls, any trade they might make could change their entire plan of attack on how they conduct free agency. The NBA is on the verge of a lockout (as if the NFL lockout wasn’t enough) so if a stricter salary cap is implemented, that may also change the Bulls’ strategy in the free agent market.


One thing is for sure, this summer’s free agency will be much quieter compared to last summer but the Bulls can still very much improve this roster.

4 thoughts on “Addressing The Bulls’ Shooting Guard Need Elsewhere

  • June 24, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    Why in the hell didn’t you mention J.R Smith….Jr is much more talented then any of the guys mentioned and if he can straighten out his mental approach to the game he is potentially a star. Jr.Smith is versatile and can create his own shot anywhere on the floor including driving to the basket(something he excels at)…He is very athletic and he can buy into Thibbs system, he has potential to become a decent defender..He provides every skill the Bulls lack at the 2guard position and is only 25 years old and can still reach his unlimited potential…………JR Smith is the missing piece to the bulls puzzle……….

  • June 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    j.r. smith=jamal crawford. they are both the same player to me, both when hot can light up the scoreboard. but they both take bad shots to that can kill an offense. j-rich or chandler would be better fits or the bulls.

  • July 13, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Agree with your picks, I would take chandler first, shannon brown second, then crawford richardson smith mayo etc after. Because those other guys will be looking to cash in big (but not so fast! The CBA will determine salaries given out). I like Chandler because of his length and hustle (a more physically gifted version of Rasual Butler- although I must say I like the prospect of them playing 2-3 combo guard with plenty of switching on the defensive end.

    *ideal lineup to start game (current roster)- Rose, Ronnie, Lu,Taj, Noah.
    Bench- Watson, Korver, Rasual, Booz, Asik(he actually helps very well on defensive rotations).
    Bogans, Kurt, Jimmy, and the one-season players are for practice time and spot minutes… Or player/coach to help implement a philosophy.

    Love Jimi.

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