Through three games, the Bulls’ shooting has been terrible. Maybe even worse than terrible. Chicago currently ranks 26th in Field Goal Percentage (.413), 29th in Effective Field Goal Percentage (.427) and 30th (a.k.a. dead last) in Three Point Percentage (.163). Not to state the glaringly obvious, but being one of the worst shooting teams in the league is never a good thing.
And the problem isn’t limited to jump shooting. The most depressing number of all is this: the Bulls have missed 37 layups in their first three games (or an average of 12 missed bunnies a game). No, really. They’re 32-for-69 so far this season when trying to lay the ball into the hoop: 8-for-19 versus San Antonio, 10-for-21 versus Boston and 14-for-29 versus Miami. Good teams — heck, even average teams — should probably be able to hit at least 50 percent from point-blank range…right?
The kinda-sorta good news? The Bulls have faced some stiff defense. In fact, the Heat and Celtics currently rank first and second in Field Goal Percentage Defense (.386 and .391, respectively). So maybe things aren’t as bad as the early returns make them look.
Still, if Chicago develops a reputation as a team that can’t shoot, opponents are going to clog the lane (which will greatly diminish Derrick Rose’s effectiveness) and dare the Bulls to beat them with outside shooting. Which is already happening to an extent…and it hasn’t been working out very well for the Bulls.
Let’s hope the Bucks — currently ranked 19th in Field Goal Percentage Defense (.447) — can help the Bulls up their shooting a bit tonight at the United Center.