A few weeks ago, a lot of people associated with the Chicago Bulls, including Luol Deng, felt that Carlos Boozer should have made the All-Star team this season. With All-Star weekend nearly upon us, it’s time to explain why he isn’t participating.
1. Boozer would have given the Bulls three all-stars.
This is the simplest issue. Whether fairly or not, only truly elite teams are “allowed” to have three all-stars. The Bulls, while very good, even without Derrick Rose, are not elite. The only team with three all-stars this season is the Miami Heat, who happen to be the defending champs and first in the East.
2. He’s Carlos Boozer.
This is self-explanatory.
3. He’s simply not that good.
Let’s do a quick hypothetical. I’ll give you three players, and you decide which of the three you would want on your team.
PLAYER A: 17.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 51% FG, 70.1% FT, 18.8 PER, 31.9 MPG
PLAYER B: 15.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 53.2% FG, 69.3% FT, 19.7 PER, 29.5 MPG
PLAYER C: 15.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 47.1% FG, 71.3% FT, 17.0 PER, 30.9 MPG
I’d probably take player A, myself, although Player B isn’t too far behind.
Wondering which one is Boozer? Actually, it’s a trick question. Player A is Boozer from his first year in Chicago, 2010-11. Player B is Boozer from 2011-12, and Player C is Boozer this season. So the question now is if Boozer wasn’t good enough to be an all-star either of his first two seasons with the Bulls, what makes him worthy this season?
Now, you might rightly point out that Boozer’s had to shoulder a bigger offensive load with Derrick Rose out. But Rose missed more than a third of last season and Boozer was as efficient has he’s ever been.
So let’s get off the Boozer thing and just enjoy Deng and Noah in the all-star game, shall we?