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SI's Behind Enemy Lines

SI.com has posted its annual NBA preview articles on its website, and it has also put up its "Enemy Lines" feature -- where an opposing scout talks to Ian Thomsen and offers some analysis of the team in question.

The Bulls analysis is here.

On Kirk Hinrich:

A lot of times he just plays too fast. It's to his benefit to play fast, but he should play at operational speed -- a speed where he can still think and play. As a result, they do turn the ball over a lot as a team because Skiles tells them to push the ball and because Hinrich goes too fast at times.
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He's the identity of their team. As a defender, he's tenacious. Some players don't respect him so much because they think he gets a lot of accolades as a white guy trying to guard, but he's an annoying defender. He beats you to spots a lot, he pressures the ball, he's longer than you think and he's more athletic than he's given credit for.

On Ben Gordon:

The best thing that can happen is when he goes to point guard, because while he's a good passer, he's not going to create for other people, and when he puts the ball on floor, it's for Ben Gordon.
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They may feel the need to trade Gordon for a frontcourt scorer, but I don't think Hinrich is as good without him. Defensively their pairing works because they can put Gordon on the ball and Hinrich can guard the bigger shooter. Gordon is not a terrible defender, but he doesn't want to get in foul trouble .

On Luol Deng:

He's a hard guy to guard. It used to be he would only drive right, and that he was a spot-up shooter. But he's improved a different portion of his game every year. If he's succeeded in doing that again this summer, then he'll be as good as a lot of the top guys in the league.
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For Deng to become a dominating scorer, the ball will have to get out of Gordon's and Hinrich's hands, and they'll have to space the floor as spot-up shooters; I doubt whether Gordon's mind-set is to be content as a swing guy or spot-up guy.

Despite the fact that none of the stuff is truly groundbreaking, I love reading scouts' analysis of opposing teams -- I'm making my way through all 30 teams...

Prashant

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