Bulls-Eye: Will the Chicago Bulls Make a Run at Jamal Crawford?

Sean StancillSenior Writer IApril 27, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Jamal Crawford #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after a basket against the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena on April 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In what will register as the Chicago Bulls' finest season in over a decade, Chicago eclipsed the 60 win mark thanks to the sheer brilliance of point guard, and soon to be named MVP, Derrick Rose. As the Bulls streaked past the Indiana Pacers 4-1, they are now awaiting the winner of the Atlanta-Orlando series.

Suffice to say that starting shoot guard (only by a technicality and title) Keith Bogans will not be in the starting lineup next season, of course barring a lockout.

With that being said the Bulls need look no further for a replacement than their own conference and Jamal Crawford, who is averaging 24 points on over 56 percent shooting through the Hawks best of seven series against the Magic.

As a potential interesting wrinkle, should the Hawks advance past Orlando, the Bulls can single-handedly deliver the knockout blow and put the wheels in motion for a potential signing.

By seizing Atlanta's arguably most potent scoring option, they can easily kill two birds with one stone; upgrade their own scoring deficiency at shooting guard and indirectly affect a fellow Eastern Conference contender. How valuable was he to the Hawks?

In his first season in the ATL, Atlanta's points per game ballooned to 101.7 for the first time since (gulp) 1993-94 that featured an individual named Dominique Wilkins and with Lenny Wilkens at the helm. Not to mention they were +6 in wins -15 losses and he earned Sixth Man of the Year award honors.

Crawford can provide the perfect blend of veteran savvy and shoot-first demeanor the Bulls lack at the 2. Besides his infamous penchant for converting four-point plays, he does own the distinction of having scored 50 points for different teams under his belt.

In addition to scoring, Crawford can step in and serve as a primary ball handler for either the second unit or while playing alongside Rose and allow him to gather his wind.

At times C.J. Watson can be a little too conservative when in control of the offense and often Tom Thibodeau has ordered him to shoot the ball, making it a point of emphasis during media timeouts.

Most importantly, it'll lessen the frieght Derrick Rose is towing that is the Bulls offense. If the Bulls want to continue to build on their framework of success, Jamal Crawford would be a worthy investment.