Rip Hamilton Takes His Talents, And His Mask, To Chicago
The Bulls finally addressed their issue of finding a two-guard by signing Richard "Rip" Hamilton (and his mask). Although this will improve the Bulls offense, I find the move a little perplexing. Rip will fit nicely with what the Bulls are trying to accomplish on offense, but his DRating (points allowed per 100 possessions) is absolutely atrocious (115):
I would expect 14ppg from Hamilton as well as an increase in his assists (playing alongside Rose, Boozer, and Deng is better than anything Detroit has) but I do not know how Thibs plans on improving Rip's defensive acumen at this point in his career -- he's never been known as a great defender. Maybe Thibs defensive scheme really is that good.
Overall, I like the move. This solidifies the two-guard for a couple of seasons with a veteran, offensive player while Jimmy Butler progresses (I have my Optimism Goggles engaged on Butler). I just hope Rip's defense doesn't become a liability on the other end of the floor.
The Extra Point: Apparently Rip's mask isn't just for protection. It serves as a Nasal Oxygen Provider, which is like an extra pair of lungs ... but on your face: