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Week 2 Report Card Grades for Every Key Chicago Bulls Player

Mike B.Correspondent INovember 11, 2013

Week 2 Report Card Grades for Every Key Chicago Bulls Player

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    For their performances during the second week of the season, what type of grade does each Chicago Bulls player deserve?

    Is anyone on the roster worthy of an A?

    The Bulls had an up-and-down week to say the least. After a 17-point road loss to the Indiana Pacers, they wound up bouncing back with a huge 97-73 win over the Utah Jazz two days later.

    While some players made an impact, others didn't contribute much at all.

    This slideshow will focus only on guys who've appeared in at least three games this season. So that means no talk about veteran Mike James, second-year pro Marquis Teague or rookie Erik Murphy.

     

Tony Snell

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    When the Bulls drafted Tony Snell, everybody knew he wouldn't play much as a rookie. And so far this season, that has been the case, as he's averaging just 3.7 minutes per contest.

    The New Mexico product appeared in both Week 2 games against Indiana and Utah, grabbing one rebound in each contest.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't usually play rookies, allowing them to sit and watch the veterans. We likely won't see much of Snell this season unless the injury bug bites.

    Grade: B

Nazr Mohammed

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    Nazr Mohammed is receiving less playing time than he did last season, as Taj Gibson has taken some of his minutes behind center Joakim Noah.

    Playing less than nine minutes per game, Mohammed is averaging roughly two points and two rebounds.

    The veteran big man put together a decent performance in the Utah game, racking up six points and three rebounds while shooting 3-of-6 from the field. He had two points and two boards against Indiana.

    Grade: B

Mike Dunleavy

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    The Bulls struggled to shoot the ball last season. That's the main reason they went out and signed free agent Mike Dunleavy during the offseason.

    Although he's shooting a respectable 41.7 percent from downtown so far, Dunleavy has hit only 36.8 percent of his two-point attempts. It's early, so don't worry just yet. He'll come around.

    Dunleavy scored six points against Indiana and nine vs. Utah. He shot 46 percent from the field during Week 2, which is nothing to worry about. 

    Grade: B-

Kirk Hinrich

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    Kirk Hinrich is playing solid ball off the bench for Chicago. His scoring average of 7.6 points per game is basically identical to last season's (7.7), when he started in place of Derrick Rose.

    Captain Kirk was one of the few bright spots for the Bulls in their blowout loss to the Pacers. He scored a season-high 12 points, dished out five assists and hit both of his three-point attempts.

    Hinrich wasn't as impressive vs. the Jazz, coming up with just two points in the victory. But he did record three steals.

    While he's no Nate Robinson, he provides gritty defense each and every night.

    Grade: B

Taj Gibson

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    Taj Gibson had a monster preseason, showing off his improved jumper and dunking all over the league. He has had a solid regular season as well, serving as a valuable role player off the bench.

    Gibson is producing 10 points (leads the second unit), 5.8 rebounds and one block per contest.

    He recorded nine points, six rebounds and two blocks against the Pacers, and had a 12-point, four-rebound effort against the Jazz.  

    Chicago's "Bench Mob" isn't as great as past versions, no doubt about it. Yet, as long as Gibson is around, the Bulls will have at least one guy who is sure to contribute. 

    Grade: B

Jimmy Butler

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    Jimmy Butler was supposed to serve as an offensive weapon this year, and take pressure off Derrick Rose.  

    Although he did pour in 20 points on opening night vs. the Miami Heat, his scoring output has declined ever since. Jimmy Buckets scored just seven points against the Pacers and five vs. the Jazz. Nothing screams "offensive weapon" when it comes to those two performances.

    While he provides stellar defense whenever he takes the court, Butler just hasn't been aggressive on the offensive end. He took only a combined 11 shots in the two Week 2 contests. The Bulls need him to step up and take over.

    Grade: B-

Carlos Boozer

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    Carlos Boozer has been the Bulls' MVP this year. That sounds weird, knowing fans have criticized him throughout his tenure in Chicago. Yet, it's true whether you want to admit it or not.

    Boozer is leading the team in scoring and playing like an All-Star.

    During Week 2, he disappointed fans as well as impressed them. The former Duke Blue Devil mustered up only six points in Indianapolis, but redeemed himself vs. the Jazz with an 18-point, 10-rebound effort. You know he had to show out against his old team, right?

    Grade: A

Luol Deng

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    Twenty-four players in Bulls history have recorded at least one triple-double. Against Utah, Luol Deng was just one assist shy of becoming No. 25.

    He finished the game with 19 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and a whopping five steals. Now that's what you call a magnificent stat line. And, oh yeah, he also hit seven of his nine field-goal attempts and was 5-of-5 from the foul line.

    Too bad Deng couldn't get that 10th assist, though. A triple-double would've looked lovely on his resume.

    He scored 17 in the embarrassing Pacers loss.

    Grade: A

Joakim Noah

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    Joakim Noah isn't putting up the numbers he did last season, which earned him a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

    It's pretty much impossible to repeat those numbers averaging eight fewer minutes a night.

    Tom Thibodeau has reduced his minutes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs and avoid injuries.

    Noah scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds against the Pacers while taking only two shots from the field. Against the Jazz, he racked up 14 points and eight boards while hitting six of his nine field-goal attempts. Plus, he played top-notch interior defense on Utah's Enes Kanter.

    Grade: B-

Derrick Rose

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    Derrick Rose's season has been awful thus far. He's averaging roughly 14 points and four assists while shooting 32 percent from the field.

    In addition, he's turning the ball over an unbelievable five times per game. Those definitely aren't typical Derrick Rose numbers.

    However, he has a great excuse. When you miss an entire season recovering from ACL surgery, it's going to take a while to shake the rust off and be the same player you were before the injury.

    Rose scored a decent 17 points and dished out just two assists vs. the Pacers. He put up an unspectacular 12 points and five assists in the Utah game, but managed to get his first steal of the year.

    Don't panic, he'll return to MVP form in the not-so-distant future.

    Grade: B-

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