A Stampede or Just Another Rumble: Are The Bulls a Hybrid?

Most NBA teams are either a stars-and-supporting-cast unit or an superstar-less ensemble group.  The Miami Heat are the poster boys for the first style of roster construction though other leading teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers have an ever steeper dropoff from their stars to the role players.  Teams like the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trailblazers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Atlanta Hawks typify the other style.

Looking at the Chicago Bulls team statistics, following their three game winning streak which followed the return of guards CJ Watson and Richard Hamilton to the rotation and the departure of point guard Derrick Rose due to lingering soreness from a toe injury, a new model comes to mind: the hybrid.

Rose emerged as a superstar player last season and won the MVP Award, and his numbers so far this season are still stellar if down slightly from last year’s lofty totals.  However the fall off has been more than made up by his teammates.

Scroll down on this page, and look at the advanced stats section for the ’11-’12 Bulls.  Look at the PER’s or Player Efficiency Rating, John Hollinger’s per minute assessment of a player’s production.  League average is 15 and most teams have starters if not key contributors in the single digits.  Yet the every player on Bulls roster (yes, even Brian Scalabrine) is in double digits and the only players below 15, center Joakim Noah, swingman Kyle Korver and guard Ronnie Brewer have histories of being better than average.

This may explain why the Bulls have played so well in Rose’s absence, and it may give defensive coordinators fits when the playoffs arrive.  The Bulls offense is much more than a one man show now.

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I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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