Chicago Bulls 2013-14 Player Grades: Carlos Boozer

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Apr 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) drives to the basket during the first half against New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

 

When Carlos Boozer joined the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 2010, the two-time All-Star forward was billed as the low-post presence the team had lacked for several years.

And per ESPN, general manager Gar Forman had this to say about acquiring Boozer:

We are confident that his skill set, toughness and leadership are all qualities that make him a great fit for the Bulls, and he will add a low-post element to our team that we have been searching for. Post players, with the skills that Carlos possesses, are at a premium in the NBA and we believe that we have landed one of the best big men in the NBA.

Following one of his most productive seasons in Chicago, the 2013-14 campaign was one that he would like to forget, which has led to wide speculation that he could be playing for another team next season.

But before we get into all of that, let’s take a look back on the season that was for Mr. Boozer, including season stats, memorable performances and my final grade.

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  • Brandy Tillman

    Do you think Boozer would be a big loss if he no longer plays for the Bulls?

    • James Tillman

      While his deficiencies on defense are well-documented, he still the best low-post scoring option on the roster. Taj Gibson has taken steps toward improving that aspect of his game, but he isn’t quite there yet. Depending on what they get in return, letting Boozer go could in fact be a loss despite what most fans may think.

      • Leroy Boyd

        James
        you really think he was a low post presence? Hell he shot as jumpers as any guard on the Bulls. I dont think you watch to many of the Bulls game to suggest that Taj is not thete yet. Man please Taj attacked the basket more in the 4th quarter than Boozer in both quarters he played and talk about offensive rebounds there is no contest Taj wins that as well.

        • James Tillman

          Always appreciate the input Leroy. While Taj got more of the minutes this season, Boozer is still the better low-post player (in my opinion). Taj has definitely closed gap because of the increased playing time and the work he put into his game over the summer.

          • Leroy Boyd

            James
            As for Boozer having a better low podt game over Taj I dont know about that Boozer is a fade away jump shooter. Taj this season attacked the basket more and I consider offensive rebounding part of offensive that a power forward should be doing we know Boozer does not rebound on the offensive.

          • James Tillman

            Thanks for the reply Leroy. Coming into the season, I felt that Boozer was the better low-post player, but that changed somewhat because of his reduced minutes. As a result, his scoring dipped a bit and Gibson stepped up and probably made Boozer expendable to a degree.

          • Leroy Boyd

            James
            Boozer a better low post player I dont know why people consider Boozer anything near a low post anything he shot more fade away jumpers than any low post player I know. whereas Taj attacked the basket more than Boozer ever has and it hss nothing to do with minutes.

            Boozer attacked the basket against rookies, 2nd year players but against established players he was so far from the post I was wondering if he was a small forward.

            I believe that one of the duties of a power forward is to be an offensive rebounder if Boozer average 1 a game I would be shocked.

            The Bulls are going into a different direction and Boozer is not part of that move.

          • James Tillman

            Appreciate the passionate response Leroy. The Bulls felt they were getting a low-post player when they acquired Boozer from Utah, and his averages included 19 points/12 rebounds per contest. While he didn’t perform consistently this season, he fared pretty well during the first three years with the team. We can agree to disagree on this one.

          • Leroy Boyd

            James
            What Boozer, did in Utah was all system it was the same system that Stockton and Malone so what Boozer came to Chicago with was past abilities of a system that made him look like a decent post up man. But when he got to Chicago we saw less post up and more fade away jumpers. In fact we saw very little of if any offensive rebounding. Sure Boozer average big numbers in rebounding 90 to 95% were defensive rebounds.

            I am not one to harp on his offensive but I didnt see the post presence what I saw in Boozer was more of a small forward offensive game on offense. Expecting a brute power forward he was no where near that position. But we really are not talking the issue which is his inability to play any form of defense. I wonder did the Bulls management ever look at film to see if Boozer could move his feet at all on defense.