Earlier this week, SB Nation Chicago’s Ricky O’Donnell wrote a piece explaining why Kirk Hinrich essentially sucks. While O’Donnell made a great point, Hinrich does not flat-out suck.
Averages of 6.1 points, 32.0% shooting from the field, 62.5% shooting from the charity stripe, and 30.3% from behind the arc are not impressive numbers at all, but those statistics do not portray Hinrich’s ability to play basketball entirely.
As a point guard, it is his job to run the team’s offense. Nowadays, point guards are not always the true point guards they were originally meant to be. Sometimes, you can come across scoring point guards. Hinrich is more of the traditional point guard, one who sets up the team’s offense, so he makes it his duty to make the correct plays and get his teammates involved.
It is in this aspect where Hinrich does better than he does in scoring. He has averaged 5.6 assists and has done a good job running the offense, which is far from the worst in the NBA.
He does not force shots, makes the right plays, and handles the ball well. Hinrich has been reliable and his duties as the floor general have been executed well enough for him to be out on the hardwood to help the Bulls close out games.
There is also the defensive aspect of the game, another area Hinrich has done well in. January 2, 2013 will mark the day Hinrich turns 32, and as time goes on, he certainly is not getting any quicker or agile. Despite this, he has enough knowledge and just the right amount of skill to remain an admirable defender. Hinrich is averaging 0.9 steals thus far.
With all this being said, is Kirk Hinrich really one of the worst players in the NBA as O’Donnell made him out to be? The numbers may make it out to be so, but in reality, he is not as horrible as it seems.
If anything, what is truly terrible about Hinrich’s game is his ability to score. As difficult as it is to admit, it is definitely true. As for him being a dreadful basketball player overall, Hinrich is doing decent enough as a point guard to surpass that title.