Hamilton Exactly what the Bulls Need?
But now they have one in (Richard) Hamilton, a man who has averaged 20 points a game for 120 playoff games, something only Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan among active players can say. You want to get the downside out of the way first? Hamilton doesn’t really stretch the floor; he’s a below average 3-point shooter at his position (34.7 percent career). And he isn’t a dynamic personality by any stretch. Hamilton’s unlikely, his peers say, to take over any active leadership role with his new team because that wasn’t his style with his old team, the Pistons, even though he was, along with Chauncey Billups, the team’s best player.
Now for the upside, of which there is plenty. Not only has Hamilton always been a scorer, but he does it without hogging the ball and makes a defense work tirelessly to guard him. He’s a more reliable scorer than anybody (outside of (Derrick) Rose) the Bulls had in uniform during the Miami series. Had Hamilton been on the floor when LeBron James and a teammate were jumping Rose just inside midcourt, Hamilton would have knocked down 12- to 15-footers all night. It’s what he has done for a living his entire NBA career. He led the Pistons in scoring eight times in nine seasons, six of which ended in trips to the conference finals, two of which ended with trips to the NBA Finals, one of which ended in a championship.