Chicago Bulls fans have been lobbying for Taj Gibson to start over Carlos Boozer for a few years now and I have one thing to say about that — you’re crazy.
To start Gibson over Boozer would be a bad idea for a number of reasons: one, you’d lose valuable offense because having Gibson in with starters is like playing four against five. Gibson can’t create his own shot and that would put more pressure on Rose to make up for the lack of scoring. Two, the Bulls’ starting five provides a great balance of offense and defense, and putting Gibson in over Boozer would leave the Bulls very vulnerable on offense.
Lastly, Boozer was in the top-five for the most doubles-doubles last season (44) and for the Bulls to replace him with Gibson would disrupt the entire dynamic of the team.
Gibson is a great player and has shown improvement in the preseason, but he hasn’t done enough to prove he deserves that spot over Boozer. The idea behind it is understandable because Gibson is a better defensive player, but this team has enough defensive weapons — they need scorers.
Plus, Boozer is a better fit for their offense. Much of the offensive scheme for the Bulls is based off the pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop and drive-and-kicks. Between the two, Boozer has the better jump shot and it is more conducive to the team’s offense.
Again, Gibson is a great player and from what I’ve seen, a lot of his scoring comes from hustle plays, rebounds and put-back dunks. However, the Bulls need a guy who can do more with the ball in his hand, and that’s Boozer. I think Gibson can evolve into a player that will eventually become a starter, but for right now, coming off the bench is a better role for him.