Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference forward Kevin Love (42) of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball against Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love?

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love, two big time available players rumored to be interested in the Chicago Bulls. I for one hope the Bulls find a way to get one of these players into uniform. Do you want to know why?

I am sick of defense.

There I said it.  I am tired of being the fan that gets crapped on when their team can’t score 70 points in an elimination game.  I hate saying, “but we are a defensive team!”  I don’t care about defense anymore…

In the offseason, Gar Forman must seek what the Bulls need, offense.  Forget about defense, we have Taj, Butler, and Noah.  Offense is what Chicago needs.  The focus so far has been on Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love.  But what people need to learn is that they can’t have both.  With what Carmelo is looking for, n0 way.  But they can have one.

Carmelo has been on the Bulls radar for the past year now, it is just a matter of whether he chooses cash or winning.  He is known for his ability to score from basically anywhere on the court.  Anthony would give Chicago that offensive edge that they need.  Defensively, he can be a liability, but the Bulls have enough defenders to fill the void he leaves on the defensive end of the court.  Kevin Love, another defensive liability, is still a huge offensive powerhouse.  Like Carmelo, his offensive versatility ranges from post moves to three point shots and he is facing free agency after the 2014-15 season.  As I stated in my piece about Love, if Flip Saunders decides to trade him or face the inevitable loss to free agency, Kevin is going either way.  And he may choose to turn to a big market situation like the Bulls.  The media has been all over Love’s flirtiness with the Celtics lately, but that does not mean the Bulls are crossed off his list.

Apr 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) is pressured by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Minnesota Timberwolves won in 2 overtimes 122-121. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo made 21 million dollars this season, and would be looking for a lot more cash.  Love would be making nearly 16 million next season but he would demand over 20  through free agency.  Since the Bulls simply do not have enough money to satisfy both players, they must chose one.  I decided to break this down through a few sets of metrics and other analytics.

1) Advanced statistics

In basic stats, both are elite players.  Both are in top 5 for scoring and are great rebounders at their positions. But then again, basic statistics aren’t everything.  Just like in the Russell vs. Chamberlain argument; Wilt averaged more points and rebounds than Bill, but Bill was still the better basketball player due to his passing and teamwork.  Wilt was more of a stat chaser while Russell was a win chaser…more on that for another time.  Advanced metrics did not exist in the 60′s and 70′s…now they do and they tell a whole lot about the kind of player someone is.  In plenty of advanced statistics, Love surpasses Anthony.  He has more win shares than Anthony, a better WARP, and is simply more efficient both on offense and defense.

2) Bulls need more depth at power forward

Now before you rant on how Carmelo can play the 4, and extremely well, he would fit best on the Bulls as a SF.  With Carlos Boozer 99.999999999 percent out of Illinois next season, Taj Gibson will have to become the starter, unless Love joins the team.  Chicago has it’s eyes on Nikola Mirotic over in Europe, but having Mirotic as a backup might not suffice.  Keeping Taj at 6th man while moving Love to the lineup would not only give Mirotic time to develop, it would also leave Gibson as a energizer on the bench.

3) Love is a versatile scorer who fits perfectly in the system

Nothing like a shooting big man.  Love would play the post with Joakim and play around the perimeter with Butler.  He could drive and dish or run the pick and roll.  Whatever offensive scheme you can think of, Love will probably be able to cover it.  He can move the ball well for a PF and spaces the floor unlike any other big man with his elite 3 point shooting.  Defenses don’t know whether to let him shoot or give him room to drive, which is why he is so poisonous to opposing defenses.  I am not saying Carmelo isn’t an offensive menace, he is one of the best in NBA history, but Love presents a presence unlike any other power forward.

Don’t get me wrong, if it was released today that Carmelo was joining the Bulls, I would run out of my house to pick up a jersey.  I would be one of the happiest fans to ever root for Chi-town.  But deep down I truly believe Love is the focus Forman needs to dive into.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    You really think love is the answer? Does love allow Bron not to cover Rose? NO! Does Melo allow Bron to guard Rose NO! There is a difference between the NO’s. Bron does not have to guard Love if the Bulls and Heat play in the finals. But Bron cant guard Rose if Melo is on the floor who on Miami can we even suggest can guard Melo at all? Wade to small Bosh to slow. If Bron is on Rose Melo can go for 45-50 on Heat.

    With love they will use Bosh birdnan and Haslem to guard Love and still have Bron guarding Rose. The advantage of Melo is he can score from 3, post up and create off the dibble. Love can not create off the dibble.

    Now as for defense I dont think Melo is that bad on defense and thats coming from Thibs in fact when has Melo had a coach that required anything but fire up the shot if you are cross half court.

    love has never been known for any aspect of defense

    • Justin Danziger

      I think if the Heat were to play the Bulls, it would be Wade who would cover Rose. Moving Lebron up would just screw up the whole defense. Plus, Melo plays no team defense. What I was getting at with Love is that he is the better fit with Chicago than Melo. If you read my last paragraph, I said I would be ecstatic if Melo was signed.

      • Leroy Boyd

        Yea I read your last sentence. You did say you would welcome Melo and run and get jis Bull jersey do I didnt think it was necessary to respond to it.

        Wade cover Rose lol you can’t be serious he has never guarded Rose it’s been Chalmers who gets toasted regular and Bron. But Wade trying to guard please Rose will toast him. I dont know how you determine Love is a better fit when we have Taj and possibly Mirotic this or next season that gives the Bulls a solid PF couple whereas Melo is a much better scorer than love simply because Melo can score from any position or any way. Whereas Love is limited to posting up and somebody kicking him the ball to shoot 3′s.

        Whereas Melo can do every form of scoring without having others get him the ball Melo can create his own shot Love needs help.

        Furthermore getting love will require giving up players I rather have a line up of Rose Butler Melo Gibson and Noah than to have Rose Butler who at the 3 plus Love and Noah. Love does not give the Bulls the Offensive advantage that Melo does. Again I tell you Bron guatds Rose with love on the Bulls with Melo you say a 34 year old Wade guards a 25 year old Rose. I dont think so he blows by Wade all night. We can support Melo or Love all we want but Melo is the wing scorer they need the Bulls the Bulls are solid at Love’s position with Gibson and Mirotic. I believe Taj can average 15 and 10 easy as a starter. I know love and can add 25 and 10 but Taj defense is probably save the Bulls 10- 12 points.

        You keep talking about Melo as a defensive problem I dont think so. I have heard many NBA players talk about Love inability to play D and less talk about Melo as they do Love. The Bulls need Melo more than Love

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    Melo and Love will give Lebron something to think about while he is guarding Rose the last few seconds of the game….who will Noah be passing his assist too while he is guarding Rose