Which three Chicago Bulls players on the current roster don’t get near enough credit for how good of shooters they were this season?
Although the team as a whole wasn’t the most efficient at hitting their shots this season, the Chicago Bulls did have a few surprisingly efficient shooters most of the way. During the regular season (and prior to the indefinite suspension back in mid-March), the Bulls ranked 25th in the NBA in field goal percentage (44.7) and 24th in three-point shooting percentage (34.8). The Bulls weren’t a whole lot better from the free-throw line either, ranking 21st in the NBA in percentage (75.5).
Somehow head coach Jim Boylen and the Bulls allowed much better field goal shooting percentage, three-point, two-point, and free-throw, from their opposition than they registered this season. The Bulls were in the bottom 10 in the league in free-throw, three-point, and overall field goal shooting percentage allowed.
This all wasn’t a matter of not trying either. The Bulls ranked ninth in the NBA in three-point attempts per game (35.1) and 17th field goal attempts (88.6). The Bulls put up field goal attempts in much greater quantity per game this season than they did last. Overall pace wasn’t as much of a problem either, as the Bulls ranked 16th in the NBA (99.7) this season.
The team offensive rating and points per game (both in the bottom five in the NBA) just weren’t where they needed to be this season. Part of that blame should fall on Boylen’s shoulders, but another portion should go to the former front office regime that just never really constructed a super-competitive roster heading into the third year of the rebuild.
To get more efficient from the field, the Bulls should retool their roster with players that have better shot selection and creation. There are a few players on the current roster that are good shooters, though. Here’s a look into three Bulls players who are quietly good shooters from the current team.