May 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (right) and shooting guard Richard Hamilton (left) on the bench during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Countdown To Tipoff: Richard Hamilton

Da Windy City’s “Countdown To Tipoff” series continues with 32 days remaining until the Bulls’ season opener at Miami. Today we examine former Bull, No. 32 Richard Hamilton, who spent two lousy seasons in Chicago before being waived this past offseason.

A Bull-killer in his days with the Detroit Pistons, Hamilton signed with the Bulls on Dec. 14, 2011, with hopes of becoming a reliable scorer to take pressure off Derrick Rose.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, those plans never came to fruition as he compiled the  two worst seasons of his career. He suffered through his most injury-plagued season in 2011-12, appearing in only 28 games (albeit in a lockout-shortened season) and netting just 11.6 ppg.

Things did not improve in 2012-13 as he continued to spend time on the injured list. He saw his playing time decrease as the season progressed and Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli both had a major impact on the Bulls’ playoff run.

To no surprise, Hamilton was officially waived by the Bulls on July 10 after averaging 9.8 points in 2012-13, the lowest output since his rookie year. It’s a shame that the Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 Final Four from Connecticut was never able to contribute in the way most expected, but at 35 years old, his career is clearly on the decline.

Hamilton is still a free agent, but it appears that his days in the NBA are over.

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