Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Why The Bulls Need Carmelo Anthony
The Chicago Bulls are looking to land a superstar in this years Free Agency in the form of Carmelo Anthony
Its no secret... Carmelo Anthony is priority #1 for the Chicago Bulls this offseason. He should be. The Bulls have had some major setbacks over the past 2 seasons because of two separate season ending injuries to Derrick Rose. Melo would alleviate that pain that some fans have felt over the last two seasons because we know how good they can be when they are healthy.
Here are some reasons why Carmelo should come to the Bulls:
#1. We have Derrick Rose.
The 2010-2011 NBA MVP has had an unfortunate two years, but I am positive that he is ready to come back and be very effective again. He has had a lot of time to work on his game so that he can come back to playing better than he was before he got hurt... and he was pretty damn good before. Rose and Melo would complement each other in a great way because they both have a common goal.... winning.
#2. Create a ''Big 3" of Rose, Melo, and Joakim Noah
Joakim finished 4th in MVP voting last season. This past season he showed off skills that no one has seen from him before, and its scary to think how good he can be if he has made this much improvement thus far. He is an absolute work-horse that loves winning. He does anything the team needs him to do to win. Score, Rebound, Pass, Defend... you name it. That trio of players would be damn hard to stop.
#3. Role Players
The Bulls already have role players that would be focal points of other teams. Taj Gibson has proven himself as a highly effective player in the league. Jimmy Butler has stepped up and become a defensive stopper as well as an offensive threat with the absence of Derrick Rose and the departure of Luol Deng. Draft pick Doug McDermott was a proven scorer in college, and with a few years under Thibs will surely become a good defender as well.
#4. Tom Thibodeau
The defensive principles that Thibs preaches will allow this team to focus on defense, but have a high powered offense as well. Joakim Noah was the defensive MVP of the entire NBA this past season, and I'm sure he wont forget how to play defense by next season.
All-in-all Melo would be walking in the doorway of a franchise that is capable of winning championships. There are obviously no guarantees, but if you can honestly say that a lineup like this could not win a championship... then I dont trust in what you say anymore:
PG - Derrick Rose (20.8 ppg, 3.8 apg career)
SG - Jimmy Butler (13.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg 2013-2014)
SF - Carmelo Anthony (25.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.1 apg career)
PF - Taj Gibson (9.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg in just 24 mpg career)
C - Joakim Noah (12.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 5.4 apg 2013-2014)
The east is a tough division to get out of because of the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. I truly believe that bringing in Melo can get the Bulls over that hump and into the finals. Winning doesnt just happen over night, but becoming legitimate NBA Finals contenders can.
I know depth off the bench and cap space becomes an issue when signing a player who will take a max contract, but I know the Bulls can figure out a way to make it work. It would most likely bring about the departure of Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell, Carlos Boozer (to name a few). Some difficult decisions will need to be made by the organization's leaders, but they are more than capable of making them.
As a Bulls fan... I would love to see #7 in Chicago.
at 12:20 PM