D.J Augustin has been one of those good players with great potential who unfortunately got faded into the background. Though averaging double digits with the team who drafted him in 2008, The Charlotte Bobcats, he was overlooked. After his time in Charlotte, he signed with the up and coming Indiana Pacers as a solid backup behind George Hill. Despite having a good playoff run, the Pacers chose not to re-sign him and Augustin moved on to sign a 1-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
The Bulls’ entered the 2013-2014 season with championship hopes. Unfortunately, they were quickly diminished when star PG Derrick Rose went down with yet another knee injury. Plans changed. Dreams crushed. Expectations lowered. The front office of the Bulls’ organization had some moves to make. One of those moves included trading F Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers which freed up cap space for the signing of future players.
The Bulls’ had been going through a rough patch when they signed Augustin, losing games they shouldn’t have been to teams such as the Bucks, Jazz, Pistons and the Knicks. In addition, they were plagued with injuries and the available group of guys just weren’t getting the job done.
But something just clicked.
The Bulls are 15-8 with their most recent impressive effort against the Phoenix Suns on the road where D.J. Augustin had 18 points, which included three fourth-quarter 3-pointers. And that’s just the surface of what Augustin has brought to the Bulls’ offense. He has an exceptional ability to know where his teammates are on the floor and set them up for quality shots.
I think it’s fair to say Augustin contributed to bringing life back to Bulls’ basketball. Behind players like Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Augustin helped revive a season that had some ‘fans’ screaming “TANK THIS SEASON!” Augustin currently averages 14 points and 6 assists with a 42.3 field goal percentage, consistent stats that continue to trend upward as the season progresses.
D.J would be an ideal backup behind a healthy Derrick Rose next season. He can’t only create shots for his teammates, but he can find ways to get open shots for himself.
Side note: Does D.J remind anyone else of Derrick Rose? As far as their game is concerned? They both have similar game in transition, great speed, the ability to get shots in the paint and run the offense efficiently.
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