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Would you trade for a small forward who scores six more points per a game than your current starting small forward? Oh and throw in your starting center who is a walking double-double and a defensive presence in the paint. We're not done yet throw in a key bench player, a couple draft picks and the small forward you're trading for makes six million dollars more a season than your current starter. How many people can honestly say they would make this trade?
If you put names to it then some Chicago Bulls fans think that this is the key to the Bulls contending for a championship this year. The big trade some Bulls fans are calling for just seems ludicrous to me. Trading for Carmelo Anthony is the biggest mistake the Bulls could make this season. Even if the trade were Anthony for Luol Deng straight up, I'd still be hesitant to pull the trigger. Then you add in Joahkim Noah, possibly Taj Gibson and some draft picks and I say you're out of your mind. If you compare Anthony's and Deng's numbers this season the biggest difference comes in the PPG category. The difference in PPG is exactly six. Anthony scores six more PPG while also shooting five more shots a game. That's five shots a game that you have to take away from someone the Bulls aren't going to trade. Is one PPG worth a million dollars in the NBA?
The Bulls currently rank third in points allowed per game. That would certainly drop off with the acquisition of Anthony who is a sub-par defender. In that trade the Bulls would be giving up a better defender in Deng and one of the league's best defenders in Noah.
Carmelo is just a bad fit for this Bulls team. He doesn't stretch the floor, shooting only 29 percent from 3-point land and only 31 percent for his career. He's a reluctant defender. Anthony's scoring comes mostly from him going one on one with his defender. He doesn't always seem to be playing his hardest every night.
Deng is a much better fit for this Bulls team and here are the reasons why I wouldn't even just swap the two players. Deng has improved his 3-point shooting this year. Although his percentages wouldn't suggest that, he's already shot more three's this year than he has in the last four season and connecting on 35 percent. As a scorer Deng is more apt to cut and spot up than to go one on one with his defender. The Bulls already have a player that can break down the defense by going one on one if need be in Rose. Deng is also one of the best defenders at his position in the league fitting perfectly with Tom Thibodeau stresses the most…defense. I don't believe I've ever
The Bulls are rolling right now they shouldn't disrupt their chemistry too much. What they should do is trade for a starting shooting guard to plug in place of Keith Bogans who has no business starting on any NBA team. This talk about trading for Anthony should have been dropped by now with the Bulls winning ways.
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