Who Will Shoot the Three?

And once again, Tim Thomas is an ex-Bull.

Sam Smith broke the news and K.C. Johnson of the Trib breaks down the ramifications:

Thomas’ $6.46 million contract was set to expire following this season, so it won’t affect the Bulls having roughly $25 million worth of expiring contracts.The buyout means the Bulls likely have enough room under the league’s $69.92 million luxury tax threshhold to sign a veteran big man to a minimum contract this summer.

I’m actually kind of bummed about this. As a 8th-9th-10th man, Thomas is an asset, especially considering the loss of Ben Gordon. He can create a few matchup problems and if he has any strength whatsoever it’s hitting the three. The Bulls may find themselves in need of that off the bench this year. At his height Thomas has no problem getting off shots.

One of the knocks on James Johnson is that he jacked too many 3s and didn’t not score them at a solid percentage. So now that the Bulls are without Gordon and Thomas, here is your list of long-range Bulls bombers:

  • Kirk Hinrich (41%)
  • Jannero Pargo (37% career)
  • John Salmons (42%)
  • Derrick Rose (22%)

Rose didn’t shoot many threes last year — just 72 attempts — so I’m not sure that he should even be on this list, and I don’t know how beneficial it is for him to shoot them. If he is shooting threes then he is not driving, etc.

I would love to see Luol add the 3 to his skillset. There’s really no reason why he shouldn’t be a good deep threat. But for now, there’s a list of our long-range guys. And when you consider that we don’t have many post options, the struggle to score points may be prominent for 2009-2010 Bulls basketball.

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