Friday, June 1, 2012
Bulls player recap: Carlos Boozer
By Nick Friedell
With the season in the books, we take a closer look at each player on the Bulls roster and see where they fit in for the future.
Position: Power forward | Age: 30 | 2011-12 salary: $13.5 million
Season recap: Boozer was the Bulls' most durable player this season. Given his shaky track record with injuries, it was quite the accomplishment that he was able to play in every game. Despite his many flaws, especially on the defensive end, Boozer gave the Bulls 15 points and almost nine rebounds a game. The problem is that in the big games, like the decisive Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Boozer did not play well. He was 1-for-11 from the field and had three points. That offensive output was even more jarring considering the Bulls were playing without Derrick Rose (torn ACL) and Joakim Noah (sprained ankle)
Season highlight: Boozer played one of his best games as a Bull, with 23 points, 15 rebounds and five assists on Feb. 16 in leading the Rose-less Bulls to a win over the Boston Celtics.
Season lowlight: Game 6 against Philadelphia. His supporters, of which there aren't many these days, will point to the fact that he had 13 rebounds. That's fine, but that shouldn't excuse the fact that Boozer did not produce offensively when the Bulls needed him most.
Final grades -- Regular season: B | Postseason: C-
Notes: This season marked the first time in Boozer's career that he played in every game during the year.
Quotes: "I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was," Boozer said,, when asked to assess his second season in Chicago. "We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that's all that matters, yo."
What's next?: The Bulls are not going to amnesty Boozer this summer. Amnestying him now wouldn't even make much difference as far as the Bulls' ability to add another differencemaker goes. And Bulls management believes they will need Boozer's offense more than ever next season with Rose and Luol Deng expected to miss big chunks of time.