The Chicago Bulls’ best player is Jimmy Butler, an all-star who shoots 32.8 percent from three-point range.
On July 7, the Bulls signed Rajon Rondo. Rondo is a useful point guard who happens to be a 28.9 percent career three-point shooter. No big deal.
One July 16, the Bulls signed Dwyane Wade, a future Hall-of-Fame hometown hero who regrettably has made only 28.4 of his 3s over 12 seasons in the NBA. Whatever.
Today, the Bulls reportedly traded Tony Snell for Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams, a former rookie-of-the-year with a career 25.5 percent mark from long-range. Ok, what is going on here?
In a league in which every team is looking for spacing a three-point shooting, Chicago seems to be doubling down on guards who cannot shoot.
With Michael Carter-Williams joining Wade, Butler and Rondo, the Bulls have decided to remove the three-point line from their home court.
— NOT NBA Tonight (@NOTNBATonight) October 16, 2016
Carter-Williams averaged 11.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Bucks last season, while shooting a career-high 45.2 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from long-range. Still, he’s an inefficient scorer who has shown an ability to put up good stats for bad teams but not much ability to make his teammates better.
The Bulls give up Tony Snell, who isn’t a star but does shoot well from behind the arc, and could have balanced out what will be a brick-heavy backcourt.
Between Butler, Wade, Rondo and Carter-Williams, Chicago has a lot of guys used to playing big minutes and taking a lot of shots, and there won’t likely be enough possessions to go around.
MCW failed in Milwaukee because he was surrounded by too many guys who needed the ball in their hands and couldn't shoot. Bulls are same way
— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) October 16, 2016
The Bulls are doing an excellent job collecting big names. It remains to be seen how those names look when they’re on the court together.