On Wednesday, Da Windy City ran an article that went against the grain. The article highlighted that Kevin Love was not the answer to the problems that currently exist for the Chicago Bulls.
This truly is the great thing about the time that we live in. Websites like Da Windy City offer thought provoking content that forces some form of a reaction.
When I read the article, my first reaction was to spit my Pepsi onto the screen of my phone. But, then, I remembered I don’t like the feeling of getting taken advantage of by the phone company.
That is why I chose to counter the Anti-Love post.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Love is a guy who can score and rebound in bunches. He’s had multiple 40-plus point games, and has even had games where he has gotten 25 rebounds. But the problem is that the Bulls don’t need that right now. Between Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, who people seem to forget hasn’t left town yet, they can get 30 rebounds per night, and while his scoring numbers are great, he’s just a copy of Boozer, a man who can be fed the ball for a mid-range jumper, but can’t create his own shot by dribbling around.
On the surface–the very thin surface–Love, for the mere fact that he averages a double-double, could be considered to be a version of Carlos Boozer. Though, the averaging of a double-double does not make two players the same.
The article pays no attention to the fact that Love is a threat at one area in where the Bulls are considerably weak in. Three point shooting. Love is a career 36% shooter from three-point range. Last season, Love shot 37% from three-point range–a mark that would have been the second highest on the Bulls.
Beyond his three-point shooting, Love is actually competent when it comes to having an impact in the post. Boozer’s struggles in the post have been notorious.
Not to mention, Love also quietly improved his play-making ability this past season. Love averaged 4.2 assists per game this past season with the Minnesota Timberwolves–a career high. Love’s 4.2 assists per game is not far off from the 5.4 assists per game that Bulls’ center Joakim Noah averaged and yet Noah is considered a play-maker while Love gets no credit?
Lets break it down in layman’s terms:
The Bulls need more of a threat from three-point range–Love provides that threat
The Bulls need an increased presence in the post on offense–Loves provides that presence
The Bulls need a player that can allow Derrick Rose to play off-ball–Love provides that ability for Rose
Love essentially fits every need that the Bulls have on offense.
Love is not simply an answer to the Bulls’ problems; he is perhaps the greatest answer to the Bulls’ problems.