jl342323 wrote:09-10 utah jazz had 5.3 pt differential.
11-12 bulls has 7.9 pt differential.
boozer played 34 minutes that year shooting 56% from the field, 21 PER, and TS% of 60!
also remember that utah jazz defense was mediocre. they were able to turn their amazingly efficient offense into a good defense (defensive rating 10th in the league that year)
their has to be a balance in this bulls lineup. you cant go all defense and expect to win playoff games, period. it just dont work like that.
i can play that game too.
bulls with boozer on the floor: 5.7 net rating
bulls with taj on the floor: 14.4 net rating
boozer is far from indispensable. the bulls dont NEED to get him extra shots and touches. they dont need to see an uptick in his production to justify his contract. if the action and how he's played defensively results in him getting more touches and he produces more, then thats great, but i dont think the bulls need to make a more concerted effort to get him the ball. he's not that type of offensive player. it's not like defending him requires additional effort from the opposition. he doesnt even draw extra attention from the defense. if his jump shot isnt falling, he doesnt NEED to be in there as an offensive threat since the bulls can be just as good or even better with him out.
ideally, boozer would be a constant threat on offense when he's on the floor, but because of his lack of talent, his dependence on others creating opportunities for him and his overall scoring versatility, he is not. boozer is not a difficult guard. he can be bothered by athleticism, can be bothered by length, can be played off of and recovered on (which is exactly what we saw in the playoffs last yr). he cant just impose himself on the defense so he has to take what the game action dictates. i'd compare him to a big man version of a spot up shooter. you dont look to get a spot up shooter more shots. the spot up shooter gets more shots because that is what the action dictated.