by Stormin Norman and Zoner
Looking at the Bulls regular season stat leaders…
PPG: 20.7, Ben Gordon. I get on Gordon for his defense all the time, but he is one of the most exciting scorers in the game. Tell me — who would you rather have now — AI or BG?
Games: 82, Ben Gordon. BGeezy was the only Bull to play the entire schedule. He’s played in all 82 3 of the 5 seasons he’s been a Bull.
MPG: 37.0, Derrick Rose. Technically John Salmons was the leader, but he played in just 26 games as a Bull. But leading any team in minutes per game as a rookie is impressive.
RPG: 7.6, Joakim Noah. Drew Gooden averaged 8.6 while he was with the team, but Noah played in 80 games. This kid finally started to become the force we knew he would be by the end of the season. His 3.1 offensive rebounds were a pleasant surprise as well.
APG: 6.3, Derrick Rose. His ability to distribute the ball in his rookie season hopefully foreshadows what will be a great career as one of the premiere distributors in the league.
SPG: 1.29, Kirk Hinrich. It was a tough season for Kirk, battling back from injury and coming off the bench. He was able to recapture some of his defensive magic of the last few years though. Tyrus led the team in total steals. He also led in…
BPG: 1.91, Tyrus Thomas. If he can stay on the court a little longer in games, he can easily push this up above 2 or even get to 3 per game. He has the potential to be one of the best shot blockers in the league.
FG%: 55.6%, Joakim Noah. He doesn’t shoot from outside 5 feet, so he better lead this team in FG%.
3FG%: 41%, Ben Gordon. Salmons shot it percentage points higher, but BG was here the whole time. He’s never shot less than .405 from behind the arc.
FT%: 87%, Ben Gordon. As a team the Bulls shot an amazing 79.6%, led by the steady hand of Ben Gordon.
TO: 2.5, Derrick Rose. Although Rose gets the dubious honor of leading the team in turnovers, 2.5 is quite low for someone who has the ball in their hands for most of the game.
PF: 3.0, Joakim Noah. Brad Miller, Andres Nocioni and Drew Gooden all averaged 3.3 during the time they were here. Noah did it the whole season with the Bulls though, and Tyrus came in a close second with 2.8.
3PTM: 2.1, Ben Gordon. His 41% from 3-point land was impressive, and the fact that he hit at that rate while taking more than 5 threes a game makes it even more impressive.
+/-: +203, Kirk Hinrich. While this stat is difficult to interpret, there is no questioning that Kirk was effective during the limited minutes he received this year.