Carlos Boozer: A Tale of 2 Cities
Earlier tonight, one of my friends asked me to look at the discrepancy between Carlos Boozer’s numbers in Utah and Chicago. He happens to be a big fan of Boozer, while I and many others are not. He wanted me to determine the differences in his minutes and how that has affected Boozer’s statistics. No opinionated talk – just facts. He’s sick of hearing me talk bad about Boozer because a) he has been putting up solid numbers since Rose went down, and b) we, as fans, should never root against or doubt players of our own teams. I beg to differ with the latter. When you’re the highest paid player not named Derrick Rose on the team, fans expect you to carry the load and step up big in the fourth quarter instead of disappearing, turning it over in key moments or, god forbid, getting benched altogether (does last year’s playoffs ring a bell?). With all that said, I gladly decided to honor my friend’s wishes and did a little digging.
Considering the fact that Boozer missed 80 out of his first 162 games in Utah, I completely disregarded his first two seasons and started with the 2006-07 season. The four most logical statistics to look at were points, rebounds, field goal percentage, and free throws attempted (these four aspects of Boozer’s game are what help him make a living as a professional basketball player – nothing else whatsoever). Using the season averages, I calculated what his numbers would have been, during both the regular season and post-season, per 48 minutes of playing time. Below are his regular season numbers and averages.
Clearly, Boozer’s numbers have been worse in every major Boozer category since he has worn a Bulls uniform, which is why they are highlighted in red. You may be thinking, “Well there’s not thaaaat big of discrepancy. I’m not buying this argument.” That’s fine. Get ready to look at these playoff numbers (I threw turnovers in there too, just because I can’t stop thinking about the ball slipping out of his hands and rolling out of bounds near the end of Game 4):
Doesn’t it make you want to break someone’s face looking at these numbers? Not only are Boozer’s stats as a Bull inferior in every category to those during his time in Utah, but his numbers (besides rebounds) have proven to be significantly worse during the last two playoff runs than the regular season. Simply put, Carlos Boozer has been a disappointment as a Bull, and this doesn’t even include his inability to stop anyone on the defensive end. Now, the argument can be made that Utah ran a much more uptempo offense than Chicago (which they did), so obviously Boozer’s numbers were more inflated. Think again. Boozer actually attempted 21 field goals per 48 minutes in those four regular seasons with Utah, as opposed to 21.2 field goals attempted in his two regular seasons with Chicago. Shocking. I was happy when we signed him during the Summer of Lebron, but I expected way more than what he’s given us. This is one of the reasons why I posted that “Amnesty Boozer” piece in the first place. Too bad it will probably never happen.
But despite all this, don’t be surprised if Boozer wins the game for the Bulls tomorrow night. Seriously.