The only new addition to the center piece of the starting five, Carlos Boozer has added a sort of weight that evened out the Bulls lineup.
The Bulls are priding themselves on youth and agility, and Boozer isn’t very young or the most agile. But for some reason he anchors this lineup and is giving great contributions to the Bulls success.
He has seemingly been a guy in this role his whole career except for his time in Utah. He was the smited and replaced by LeBron James in Cleveland and he is having a nice do-over in Chicago with Derrick Rose. Boozer is getting more love this time around as Derrick Rose isn’t stealing the spotlight despite the intense popularity he is encountering.
It’s a toss up as to who Rose’s right hand man really is; whether it’s Boozer or Joakim Noah.
But when you breakdown the numbers and chemistry, Boozer is very much the Robin to Rose’s Batman. He’s the second scoring option for the Bulls and when Rose was struggling with stomach pains, Boozer stepped in and filled the leader role without missing a beat.
He has been criticized for his attitude in the past and there was an instance where Boozer and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau had a spat during a Bulls loss to the Nets earlier this year, but that is the only reported incident of the such.
He is having one of his better seasons, on the cusp of averaging 18.0 ppg and has put together a fair amount of double-doubles, the fourth most of his career with 26. It;s also one of two seasons where Boozer hasn’t been DQ’d from a game.
There has been recent concerns raised that he can’t play with Joakim Noah, and there are numbers that support that. But you can find ways to bend the moon landing story to make it convincingly seem like it didn’t happen.
He may not have been here long, but Boozer certainly has made his mark on Chicago that is making people