In this fanshot, fundamentallysound posted a link to the Boozer/Thibs press conference (I left out Gar because I'm only including guys who actually were speaking on their own accord). Anyways, I had watched this a while back and it got me really looking forward to the season and what we can look forward to. I don't have the background and stats knowledge that many here do, so I'll leave that to the experts. But I did have some more subjective thoughts as I look forward to the post summer-2010 era and what I think Boozer can bring to the Bulls, after the jump:
1. I like the on-court swagger and toughness Boozer brings us. Him and Noah are going to be a force together. And with Deng, we’ll be killing it on the glass (see my sig). I expect us to have the best frontcourt rebounding team in the entire league.
2. I think his game is a perfect fit with Noah. Boozer might not be a great defender because he’s not uber-athletic and he’s not especially tall, but he’s got a thick body and a strong core and is really good at holding his man in the post one on one. This will be a boon for Noah’s help defense, and I expect him to get more blocks this year (which is something Thibs has also mentioned).
3. While most people might be skeptical (and kind of rolleyes about it), I think they might be serious about Thibs saying Boozer was the #1 PF on his list. Given his style of play, I wonder if Thibs thinks Bosh is a giant wuss who wouldn’t fit well in his system. I realize that sounds a bit meat-headish, but it's just a thought. Boozer seems to have a mindset that Thibs likes, so it will be interesting to see if he can get any better on D at this age. It’s doubtful, but I think him and Noah will work well together.
4. I think Matt mentioned it before, but it’s nice to have a guy on our team with that “All-starry”-type presence. Sure, Boozer’s got his weaknesses, but he commands respect and a double-team on the court. I can’t wait to see him (and Korver, and hopefully Redick) open things up for Derrick.
5. Another thing I’m excited to see is Noah being even more active than ever on the offensive glass, since he won’t be used in as many PnRs with Boozer now in tow. Noah is going to be cleaning up offensive boards all day, whether it’s off a Rose or Boozer miss on the pick and roll (this is not to say that they won’t be scoring on many of them, but it’s a fact of basketball that they’ll miss as many as they make, if not more).
So while I realize that many of us are disappointed in the way things ultimately played out give the scope of what we were hoping for in this free agency (myself included), I think there are still a few things we can look forward to. If Boozer can stay healthy, we should have one of the better front courts in the league, allowing us to do some major damage in the East. Who knows how far they'll get, but I think it's safe to say the Bulls will finally be contending for the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in quite a while. What a process it's been!