While reveiwing the Bulls’ preseason stats, I said:
“Going into training camp, everybody figured it was a two-man race for the starting shooting guard spot. Those two men being Ronnie Brewer (the presumed starter) and Kyle Korver (the challenger). Only Bogans started all eight games. And although it may only have been because Brewer was injured, Bogans delivered by shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Bogans didn’t do a lot of scoring (5.5 PPG) or log a lot of time (16.8 MPG), but he was more consistent than Korver (43 percent from the field, 33 on threes) or Brewer (28 percent from the field, 0-for-1 on threes). Maybe I was wrong to sleep on Bogans.”
As if on cue, coachTom Thibodeau confirmedthat Bogans will start in the team’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Said coach Tom Thibodeau: “He’s just been solid. He’s done all the things we expected of him. He’s a very good defensive player, spreads the floor so he can shoot the 3. He’s a tough competitor. He’s earned it.”
It makes sense. Korver is the better shooter, but his defense was limited even before his mobility was affected by an ankle cyst. As for Brewer, he’s younger and more athletic, but he could probably lob a rock into the ocean and miss.
Bogans can defend. His shooting was strong in the preseason. He played for Thibodeau in Houston and he has experience in a great system in San Antonio. The Bulls can count on him to make good decisions and few mistakes.
Of course, his shooting will likely be the determining factor as the season progresses. Remember: he’s a career 39 percent shooter…35 percent on threes. And he’s started only 226 of 504 career games for a reason. Still, he earned the starting job, and now it’s his to lose.