With the preseason officially over, the Chicago Bulls had to make a choice on the final roster spot. The Bulls made a very smart move and kept veteran point guard Mike James. It wasn’t a big surprise that James made the team over big men Dexter Pittman and D.J. White.
James will be the fourth point guard off the bench behind starter Derrick Rose and backups Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague. James is a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau, who likes what he brings to the table. He is always ready and is willing to play when his number is called. He is definitely insurance if the Bulls have any major injuries or setbacks to the point guards.
James brings veteran leadership and professionalism to the Bulls. He was a part-time starter last year for the Dallas Mavericks and brings toughness. With injuries always creeping up on Hinrich, James can step right in and contribute. He won’t hurt the Bulls when he is out on the floor and has Thibodeau’s full trust.
There will be questions on why the Bulls kept James around instead of going with frontcourt depth. The guys they cut, Pittman and White, just didn’t bring enough to the table to warrant the final spot. Guys like James you can plug in anywhere and provide results. He is 38-years old and seen a lot in his basketball career. That type of experience can help a championship-caliber team like the Bulls get over the hump.
Now the Bulls have their roster finalized, James might not see much time this season unless an injury occurs, and he knows this. But with the Bulls’ recent history of injuries, James will be ready to deliver if necessary.