ESPN and the Truehoop Network are currently in the midst of their yearly NBA rank, with 104 experts voting on the top players in the game. Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer appeared today at No. 67, down from No. 50 in 2011.
Boozer averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds for Chicago last season, helping lead the team to the best record in the NBA for the second consecutive season. However, Boozer has failed to perform in both playoff appearances, posting averages well below his regular season statistics.
The veteran forward’s large contract and poor playoff performance has drawn the ire of the Chicago fan base, leading many to call for the Bulls to use the amnesty provision. With Taj Gibson blossoming on the bench, the days are likely numbered for Boozer in Chicago. The Bulls are currently on the hook for 3 years and $47 million of his contract, and the amnesty provision would knock that amount off the team’s salary, though the organization would still owe him the money.
Boozer’s numbers could increase this season with the absence of Derrick Rose in the starting lineup for most of the year. Boozer joins guard Richard Hamilton as the first two starting Bulls on the list, with the latter appearing at No. 187. The veteran guard will look to bounce back from an injury plagued 2011-12 campaign that saw him appear in only 28 games for Chicago.
Zach Mink cover the Chicago Bulls for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zachmink12 for more news and analysis.