With Rondo, Wade, and Butler, the Bulls’ outside shooting woes are concerning
Following the recent acquisition of both Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, as well as the Derrick Rose trade that brought in Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant, the Chicago Bulls have had what many consider to be a successful offseason so far.
When Chicago’s own Rose was traded to the New York Knicks, many assumed that the Bulls were hitting the reset button that may lead to a period of mediocrity. Instead, they added some strong pieces to accompany their franchise player, Jimmy Butler.
While their expected starting five is now full of fierce competitors, the statistics regarding their outside shooting abilities are not pretty.
The Bulls' new backcourt shot a combined .524 percent from 3 last year. Like, if you add their indivual rates together.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) July 7, 2016
Yes, as the Ringer’s Robert Mays points out, the Bulls future backcourt only managed to shoot a combined 52.4 percent collectively from three-point land last year. Yikes.
The Wade signing has dominated the headlines since it went down last night. Dwyane now has the chance to compete in his hometown, with the Bulls having picked up a three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star.
Wade struggled shooting from distance in his 13th year, as he has for much of his career. According to Basketball Reference, he shot a meagre 15.9 percent from three in the 2015-16, a career low.
Rondo, also a former champion, has famously struggled with his jump-shot for most of his career. He often gives the opposing defense the chance to sag off, destroying his team’s spacing and making it easier for the opposition to double team. For that reason, he has been forced to slowly improve. He shot a career high of 36.5 percent from beyond the arc last year, which, despite being an improvement, is not going to force coaches or defences to adjust.
The face of the franchise, Jimmy Butler, shot 32.8 percent from the behind the line, which was an unfortunate decline from the year before, in which he managed 37.8.
The Bulls’ backcourt core need to find a way to make themselves more efficient this year. Creating a sense of cohesion and a winning mentality can be enough of a challenge, so they cannot afford to spend their season shooting their way out of slumps.
Their line-up can certainly find other ways to be effective, with Wade’s overall scoring prowess, Rondo’s play-making ability, and Butler’s two way tenacity. But, in the modern game, teams have to find a way to stretch the opposition’s defense by showing that they can shoot from range.
In reply to Mays’ tweet, a follower found a staggering comparison that puts things into perspective.
@robertmays they also made only 130 3s… Less than 1/3 of Curry…
— KenmoreTrib (@KenmoreTrib) July 7, 2016
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