Before Carlos Boozer played his first game in a Chicago uniform, the Bulls were 9-6. In the 12 games since, the Bulls are 9-3. It’s true that his first two games — against the Magic and Celtics — were disasters. However, the Bulls are 9-1 in the last 10 games.
Before Boozer started suiting up, the Bulls were hitting about 34 percent of their three-pointers. With him on the floor, they’re shooting better than 41 percent from downtown. It’s reasonable to suggest that having an inside scoring threat is creating more open shots.
In the 15 pre-Boozer games, the Bulls were giving up 98.5 PPG. Not bad. But in the last 12 games, they’re surrendering only 90.7 PPG.
On that subject, Boozington isn’t known for his defense, but he’d tied for second on the team (with Ronnier Brewer, Taj Gibson and Omer Asik) in Defensive Rating at 98. Joakim Noah has a D-Rating of 97.
Pre-Boozer, Luol Deng was shooting 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Post-Boozer, Deng is shooting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent on threes. Now that he’s the third option on offense, Luol’s scoring efficiency has increased dramatically.
Additionally, Derrick Rose’s three-point accuracy increased from 34 percent to nearly 47 percent.
Mind you, I’m not saying Boozer is directly responsible for every uptick in the team’s performance. There are other factors, such as a general downward trend in strength of schedule. But his presence on the floor — not to mention his 19.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG and 55.4 percent shooting — have made the Bulls a much more well-rounded team.