Let’s take a look at the obvious; Carlos Boozer has not looked like Carlos Boozer since coming to the Bulls. One reason is that he has had to guard some pretty talented power forwards in the East. Yes he may say that his foot is hurting, but when you are a big man everything hurts when the season gets rolling. Fans don’t really know from night to night what they are going to get from Boozer.
I think the solution is simple. He is not the same without a pass first point guard. I know the floodgates are opening about Derrick Rose being an elite point guard but the fact still remains he is a shoot first and pass second guy. When you are a big man you are used to being fed and getting one or two touches a quarter are just not enough.
When Boozer was playing with Deron Williams he was getting 10 – 15 touches per quarter. That means more shots and more opportunities to get loose. When you are a big man you aren’t going to fight that hard for position if you aren’t sure you might get the ball, so you become a jump shooter when you get it most times.
Boozer has often been questioned effort wise, but when I watch the games I see him running hard and getting back on defense. The only thing I don’t see is good ball movement. It appears most times that Rose is dribbling, I see a screen, a roll, and a perimeter scorer coming off the bottom curl. There hasn’t been many screen and roll situations with Boozer either. Interestingly enough, he has made a living as a pick and roll player in the past.
All the blame doesn’t go to the Bull’s not running sets for Carlos. He has to face the pain himself.
- He should get more vocal. If he feels he has a mismatch, a real big man would demand the ball.
- When he gets his touches, he has to be more assertive. Set the table for guys around you or finish strong.
- He has to get to the free throw line at least 10 times per game. That means going strong to the basket and not shooting fade-away jump shots.
Rose is a special talent and he has to command a double team as not many players can guard him straight up. I even give him the edge on Dwyane Wade because he is younger and slightly more versatile. Defensively though he saves a lot of energy as he rarely guards the better offensive players so he gets the offensive edge in that situation as well.
What I do know is that Boozer better pick it up or Mr. Taj Gibson will absorb all of his minutes. However if the Bulls give the man his touches, I am sure he can make a difference.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!