FanPost

Bulls Pace, Off and Def Rankings Shooting Up the Charts


(And they have three All-Star level players, too.)

First, the link to the Basketball-reference.com page of the Chicago Bulls. I didn't keep track of the previous rankings, but all three were in the 20's just a week or two ago. It's good to see that a) they're playing faster, and b) they're getting better because of it. It's encouraging.

Second, Taj Gibson is making my whole they-shoulda-kept-Tyrus Thomas thing a moot point (although his 23.3 PER* is pretty awesome**). That's a good thing. Still, of course, Gibson's trade value is shooting through the roof. I figure the Bulls will screw it up somehow, probably by keeping him too long, giving him $6 million per year through age 55, and then trying to trade him. I digress. The whole Ben-Gordon-shoulda-stayed thing isn't moot, though. His 19.1 PER would go along quite well with the 20.9, 20.6, 21.0 PER's of Rose, Gibson and Noah, respectively, quite well. I think that's how the Pistons built their championship team.

*Of course, Thomas's biggest contribution is on the defensive side and PER is known for rating offensive production higher than defensive. So... how good is he playing really?

**I definitely understand that using PER as an all-encompassing stat has its flaws, but I think, here, we might all agree that it represents how they're currently playing fairly well.

FanPosts are user-created posts from the BlogABull community, and are to be treated as the opinions and views of that particular user, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker