Chicago Bulls: 5 players worth watching in the NBA playoffs

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PG. 9 PPG, 2.9 APG. player. Pick Analysis. Terry Rozier. 3. 18. Scouting Report

Of all the players on this list, none are quite as controversial as “Scary” Terry Rozier. His struggles this season have been well documented, with all the major counting stats taking a dip and his field goal percentage sitting at an unsightly 38.7 percent.

But none of that matters, as long as 2018 playoff Rozier returns. During Boston’s Eastern Conference Finals run last year, Rozier averaged an exceptional 16.5 points and 5.7 assists per game. Rozier’s postseason performance led many Celtics fans to be excited about his future potential, until it all came crashing down with his sluggish play in 2019.

Although his struggles are a glaring concern, perhaps not all the blame should be placed on Rozier’s shoulders. Following the Celtics’ impressive 2018 campaign that netted them 55 wins and the second seed, many expected the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to elevate the improving squad to title contention.

Instead, it appears there may be too many cooks in Boston’s kitchen, as the Celtics finished a whole six games worse than last season. More importantly, the young stars of last year’s run Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Rozier all showed a notable drop-off in performance.

Rozier’s decline may be of his own volition, or it may be accounted for by the dysfunction in Boston. For a Chicago Bulls team that’s desperate to find a long-term answer at point guard, a 23-year old Rozier should have fans foaming at the mouth if he can recapture his former glory.