Carlos Boozer’s a touchy subject around Chicago Bulls fans, especially after the 2012-13 season. A lot of fans believe Boozer was a major reason why the Bulls scraped together 45 wins without Derrick Rose. Others believe he’s overpaid and also not very good at things that are not rebounding and yelling a lot.
Before you get mad at me for any of the following, know that everything I’m about to cite comes directly from basketball-reference.com and you can go check it yourself.
Fact 1: Boozer submitted his lowest average points per 36 minutes (18.1) in a Bulls uniform this past season.
Fact 2: Boozer shot his lowest percentage from the field (47.7 percent) since joining the Bulls.
Fact 3: Boozer posted the lowest PER (17.1) of his career this season.
Fact 4: Boozer also posted the lowest true shooting percentage (.510) and effective field goal percentage (.477) of his career.
Now, it should also be noted that Boozer submitted his finest playoff performance as a Bull this season. That’s not saying a whole lot, but 16.5 and 9.6 per 36 on 49 percent shooting is pretty solid. But the fact remains that while people — most notably Neil Funk and Stacey King — were claiming Boozer was snubbed for the all-star team this year, he simply wasn’t that good. His month of January was absolutely fantastic and probably worthy of MVP consideration if extended over a full year, but it was only one month.
Then again, you generally know what you’re getting with Boozer. He usually can be counted on to put up about 18 and 10 against most teams, with that inflating to more like 25 and 12 against the worst teams in the league and deflating to more like 12 and 8 against the best. He’s an excellent rebounder and passer, and when he’s being aggressive — like he was in January — he’s a genuine asset. But he’s usually willing to settle for fadeaway jumpers, even when nobody’s near him, and he’s pretty much always terrible defensively. Oh, and he yells constantly for reasons known only to himself.
Anyway, I gave him a B because it’s hard to imagine the Bulls doing as well as they did without him. The Bulls went 12-4 in January and I’d wager they would have lost at least 4 or 5 of those games without him. But when he’s not destroying everything? He’s a borderline liability. So if I could divide his grade up into November and December, January, and February through May, I’d give him a D, an A+, and a B. So I split the difference on the first two grades and wound up with a B.
Here’s the point: Boozer can be quite useful. But he tends not to be. And until he proves that he’s going to be useful on a consistent basis, he’s not really worth having around.
Final Grade: B