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The Bogans question, and a possible answer

It seems nobody understands why Bogans has been the starter at SG all season long.  When asked about it, Thibs either completely dodges the question or gives some vague reasons of "defense" or "toughness" for why he continues to start Bogans.  Even though he has been playing a little better of late, he's still clearly less talented than Korver and Brewer.   I've been with many of you guys in overall being very pleased with Thibs' overall coaching, but this one issue seems to be the fly in the ointment.  

With all the trade talk starting to heat up as we approach the trade deadline (has it really ever cooled down this season?), I've been thinking that perhaps there is a logical explanation for Bogans starting.  This is pure speculation on my part, and maybe others have expressed the same idea, but here's what I've come up with to reconcile Thibs' apparent deep understanding of basketball with the obvious mistake of who's starting at SG.

What I'm thinking is that Thibs likes the rotations where Brewer and Korver come off the bench due to their respective limited games.  Brewer is a disruptor on the defensive end, a good rebounder for his position, and a smart player.  However, while he can hit some jump shots and is an above average cutter, he's not a traditional scoring shooting guard.  Korver, on the other hand, is a cold-blooded shooter.  And while he puts in a good effort on defense to the point where he's not much of a liability - he's better than his reputation says he is - he just doesn't have the athleticism to guard some of the premier SG's in the league, especially those the Bulls will likely be facing in the playoffs.  Bringing both guys off the bench keeps the Bulls a deeper team (they have an underrated bench), and allows the Bulls to give minutes to the player who is a better fit for the game situation at hand.

So, because Thibs likes those two guys coming off the bench, he starts Bogans as a "placeholder" until either the Bulls make a trade for another SG (Mayo, Lee, et al) or the trade deadline passes with no trade.  If they do trade for another SG, that player would replace Bogans in the starting lineup, and Bogans would fall behind both Brewer and Korver in the rotation.  If the trade deadline passes with no trade, then at that point (or shortly thereafter), either Brewer or Korver will replace Bogans as the starter.  

As I said, it's merely speculation; an attempt to reconcile this seemingly obvious error in judgement when most everything else Thibs does maximizes the strengths of the players while minimizes the weaknesses.  I think most would agree that the Bulls are playing better than the sum of their parts.

Of course, should the deadline pass with no trade, and Bogans keeps starting into the playoffs, I cannot fathom why.  Likewise if the Bulls trade for an SG, only to bring him off the bench.

What do you guys think?

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