Joakim Noah, Luol Deng Prove Chicago Bulls Made Right Choice Regarding Anthony

November 2nd, 2010 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Last night the Chicago Bulls beat, quite convincingly one of the best teams in the NBA in the Portland Trailblazers. Furthermore, in the game, both Joakim Noah and Luol Deng played critical roles. Noah had his third double-double in three games, and Deng scored a career high 40 points.

Yet, in spite of this, some look at the achievement and said, "If the Bulls could get Anthony they'd be right there with the elite teams in the NBA." I would like to point out they are there already.

In fact not only are they there, adding Carmelo Anthony would make the team worse, especially at the cost of Noah and Deng. Estimations of what the Bulls "could be" with Anthony are based on a combination of an over-estimation of Anthony's worth combined with and under-estimation of the value of Noah and Deng.

Bear in mind that I am not suggesting that either player alone is superior to Anthony, but the pair exceed the value of Anthony, and it's not really close. 

Consider first what the two contribute to the Bulls. As a pair they combine for an average of 35 points per game, 19 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.7 blocks. Anthony's career averages are 24 ...

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