With the season quickly winding down, the Chicago Bulls‘ scoring problems are more evident than ever. They’re last in the NBA in points per game at 93, and their top point scorer is D.J. Augustin at 14.1 off the bench. Their next top scorers are Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson at just over 13 points apiece.
Needless to say, the Bulls need scoring and they need it badly. When the team lost Derrick Rose for the season (torn right meniscus) and traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, there was a lot of concern over which player would carry the scoring load. Collectively as a team the Bulls all picked up their scoring averages, and with their defense being one of the best in the league, they have been able to hover around the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
However, with the playoffs right around the corner, it would be nice to see the Bulls add another scoring element into the mix. Jimmer Fredette would serve that role perfectly. Fredette, a scoring threat out of BYU, averaged 28.9 points per game during his senior season in 2011. He also has shown glimpses that he can score at a high level with his former team, the Sacramento Kings. He electrified Madison Square Garden when he scored 24 points against the New York Knicks on Feb. 12. Fredette also scored 14 points in 18 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 22.
There is no reason why Fredette should be collecting dust on the Bulls’ bench at this point of the season. The team could use his scoring come the playoffs, which could elevate the Bulls into title contenders. Only time will tell if Fredette will get that opportunity with the Bulls.