Nov 06, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during pre game warm ups against the Orlando Magic at the United Center. (Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE)

Kirk Hinrich Unconcerned with Shooting Slump

When the Bulls brought back Kirk Hinrich, he was meant to help fill the hole at the point guard position while Derrick Rose recovers from an ACL injury. Hinrich does not bring the same scoring that Rose did, but he brings great defensive play, awareness of the game, and a gritty style of play. Even so, scoring is a big part of the game, and unfortunately for the Bulls, Hinrich has been lacking in that area.

Ten games into the 2012-13 season, Hinrich is averaging 4.9 points on 29.6% shooting from the field. That is 7.5 points below his career average. He has only scored in double digits once and has had two scoreless games. While it may be true that old age and past injuries are catching up to Captain Kirk, he is still capable of more, better equality shooting. Regardless, the early shooting struggles have not gotten to him.

“I’m not worried,” Hinrich said. “I still feel like I’m shooting it good in practice.”

Hinrich is not the only one not too concerned with his lack of scoring. Tom Thibodeau spoke of how scoring is not what he looks for in his starting point guard.

“We just want him to run the team, play to his strengths,” Thibodeau said.

It is only normal for Bulls fans to express such concern over Hinrich’s lack of scoring, but Coach Thibodeau makes an excellent point. Running the team and playing to his strengths is what should be wanted of Hinrich. He is the Bulls’ starting point guard, so it is his duty to be the floor general. He is known for his tough defense, and he always brings it on the defensive end. Emphasizing Hinrich’s scoring woes should not be done too much. It is of some concern, but it is not what he was brought to Chicago to do, and therefore, should not matter nearly as much as some make it to be.

“I’m trying to do my best to run the team,” Hinrich said. “Obviously I would like to make more [shots]. Right now, they’re just not going in.”

Aside from his shooting, Hinrich is not doing too bad in other areas of the game. He leads the Bulls in assists (5.9 per game) and steals (1.3 per game). Leading in these areas is what should be expected of Hinrich, and it is why he was brought back to the Windy City. This is not too say it is time to forget about Hinrich’s poor shooting performance as a whole, because it does matter. The difference is that what matters more is how Hinrich acts as the defensive-minded point guard that he is.

 

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