There are only a handful of superstar players in the NBA. Great superstars are often complimented with role players who sometimes go unnoticed or are under-appreciated. Carlos Boozer, the starting power forward for the Chicago Bulls, is one of those role players.
The Bulls have been off to a disappointing start in the 2013-14 NBA season. With the return of the surgically-repaired Derrick Rose, analysts and fans postulated that the team would automatically return to championship form, but that has not been the case. The Bulls are 1-3 so far this season, dropping two of three to top Eastern Conference opponents, the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. Chicago is 0-3 on the road and are in last place in the Central Division.
Through the struggle though, Boozer has shined the brightest. On opening night against the Heat, the former Duke Blue Devil dropped 31-points and snagged seven rebounds. Through the first four games of the season, Boozer has arguably been the best Bulls player so far. The 31-year old is averaging 18.3 points per game and eight rebounds, shooting 58 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line.
It is still a very young NBA season. Boozer is one of those role players who tends to go missing when things really matter, which is why he isn’t one of the most loved Bulls on the team. Boozer has a chance to ride this momentum to have a great season. With Rose struggling to get back to MVP form, Boozer can be his security blanket in the post.
The Bulls’ lack of perimeter scoring has been evident. As a team, they are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc. While the Bulls’ perimeter players like Rose, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich and Loul Deng continue to struggle, it would be wise to keep feeding Boozer in the post until they find their groove.