The Chicago Bulls 2012-2013 campaign has officially come to a close. Now that we are weeks removed from the end of the season and have had time to be reflective, it’s time to take a look back at the performances of the members of this Bulls squad and brief look ahead at the future. The following is the ninth and final part of a series of nine posts detailing this year’s squad. Each player is assigned a season grade based off of their performance on general preseason expectations.
Richard Hamilton- F:
For his second strait season with Chicago, Richard Hamilton has once again laid an egg. Offensively his production decreased across the board and defensively he’s failed to keep up with most players and has proved to be almost as big of a liability as Carlos Boozer. To add to that, Hamilton failed to stay relatively healthy for the majority of the season. The combination of his deteriorating health and poor play when he was on the floor ultimately led to him being benched by coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls currently have a team option many expect them to decline on Hamilton’s $5 million per year contract.
Nazr Mohammed- C-:
When Nazr Mohammed was signed to be the replacement backup big man after Omer Asik’s departure, the majority of the world laughed. Given his age and general performance over the past few season, Mohammed’s expectations were dismally low and he easily lived up to them making this a fairly average year for him. As a whole, his offensive production was lacking and his defensive play left much to be desired. However, as far as backup players go the Bulls could have done worse and he did put in a great deal of effort every minute he was on the floor. While I wasn’t enthralled by his play, I can appreciate the effort. Mohammed was signed to a one year veteran minimum deal last offseason and is now an unrestricted free agent. It is expected that the Bulls will resign Mohammed to another veteran minimum deal likely to be the third string big man behind whoever else they may draft or sign this offseason.
Daequan Cook- D:
When the Bulls signed Daequan Cook they were struggling mightily with their three point shooting. At the time the Bulls were ranked dead last in the league in terms of three point shots attempted and made due to the lack of floor spacers on the roster. Cook, who was supposed to aid in these efforts as a respectable three point shooter, failed to improve Chicago’s status as one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league. Cook is now an unrestricted free agent as he only signed a contract with the team through the rest of the season. It is unknown if the Bulls will look to bring him back or not.
Marquis Teague- N/A:
Like many rookies before him, Marquis Teague barely saw the floor under Tom Thibodeau. Because of this, it is hard to accurately evaluate his performance this past season. However, based off of what we’ve seen in his limited play it’s easy to see what the front office saw in him. He exhibited strong play in many pick-and-roll sets that the Bulls ran with him on the floor, showed good speed, and knows how to get to the hoop. His jump shooting, decision making, and overall defense could use work but that will likely come with time. Teague will be on a rookie deal for another four years making him a Bulls player for a good while.