Obviously the Bulls miss Derrick and the Bulls miss Asik. And probably Korver too. But I started thinking about the fact that Derrick missed quite a bit of time last year and Asik still didn't play that much last year. And in those times where both Derrick and Asik were off the court, my recollection is that the Bulls were still pretty good last year. So I went and looked it up and indeed, you can explain a whole lot of the difference in this year's Bulls and last year's Bulls by looking at the back court.
|C. Boozer | L. Deng | R. Hamilton | J. Noah | C. Watson||2011-12||10||111.9||89.2||7.1|
|C. Boozer | R. Brewer | L. Deng | J. Noah | C. Watson||2011-12||21||269.4||87.5||-0.8|
|C. Boozer | L. Deng | R. Hamilton | K. Hinrich | J. Noah||2012-13||15||265.4||90.9||0.6|
|M. Belinelli | C. Boozer | L. Deng | K. Hinrich | J. Noah||2012-13||16||217.6||89.9||-3.4|
We can summarize this by saying, if we hold the other players equal, CJ as the PG had more success with the same guys than Kirk has had. Net points per 100/pos of 7.1 vs. -0.8.
CJ > Kirk
Similarly, we can say that Rip > Ronnie > Marco