Keith Bogans is Chicago’s starting shooting guard.
Bogans is averaging 3.9 PPG while shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from three-point range and 56.3 percent from the free throw line. His Player Efficiency Rating is 7.7. According to John Hollinger’s reference guide, that puts him somewhere between “Definitely Renting” and “The Next Stop: D-League.”
By the numbers, both Kyle Korver (8.8 PPG and 41 percent on threes) and Ronnie Brewer (6.2 PPG and 53 percent from the field) are better. But Korver is weak on defense and Brewer is a poor outside shooter.
It’s obvious the Bulls need a shooting guard.
“Is help coming? Rumors persist that general manager Gar Forman is actively looking for an upgrade at shooting guard, but sources said reports of talks with the Nuggets regarding J.R. Smith weren’t accurate. Players such as Richard Hamilton and Stephen Jackson would appear to have prohibitive long-term deals. The Bulls have scouted Rockets guard Courtney Lee, who is well-regarded for his defense and toughness. But even if talks became serious, he’s a 37.9 percent career 3-point shooter and might represent only a minor upgrade.”
There’s also been talk about dealing for O.J. Mayo and J.J. Redick.
Whatever the case, it’s clear that the lack of a legit SG — and not Joakim Noah’s thumb surgery — is the biggest factor preventing the Bulls from taking their place among the league’s true championship contenders.
Will management make a deal? Possibly. Although I suspect, if anything happens, it won’t happen until the trade deadline.