At the bottom of this list, it really came down to, "who would I rather have on my team in 2010-11: Taj Gibson, or [name redacted]?" And Taj kept winning out. It's a giant mea culpa for me, because I didn't even think Taj was the 26th-best player in last year's draft when he was taken at that slot, but his all-around game and defensive work have me on his side as we enter his second season.
It was a weird run for Carlos in Utah. He stabbed a CBA-cheating owner in the back by reneging on an illegal handshake agreement to sign with the Jazz, and then ran injured for a while, drawing the ire of his new team's front office. Then Paul Millsap popped up, and while Boozer's backup didn't exactly make him redundant, he did allow for the trade rumors that really escalated before Boozer's 2009-10 player option, assumed-but-eventually-declined 2009 free agency and eventual split in 2010.
Yikes. So, it's as if he never was a member of the Jazz. Now he's a Bull, he sets screens, he gathers well and finishes expertly with either hand, and truly comes straight out of central casting for a team like Chicago. Assuming he averages 65 games a season. Anything less, and Chicago will continue to have Jazz-like issues.
Overall, I think both sports are pretty fair. Of the guys ahead of Boozer, the only one that really gives me pause is Amare, but I understand that one and am certainly not going to the mat discussing how much better boozer is. I look at the two as fairly similar players though Boozer at least rebounds (and I'd rather have him in the locker room) while Amare has a bit more athletic potential. Both have health issues that make me pretty nervous.
As for guys in front of Taj, it's an interesting discussion. You've got guys like Tyrus, Hickson, Brand (maybe I'm focusing on the contract too much), and Young (not a real PF) whom I could make a case for Taj over all of, but it's easy to make the reverse case too, and so I'm not going to be too much of a homer on this one. The one guy I'll argue at length about is Tyrus.
After watching Tyrus for four seasons, I'll take Gibson ahead of him. The thing with Tyrus is that if you need a third big man, you'd rather have Gibson's consistency. If you need someone with more upside than Tyrus has it, but he'll ultimately fail you and you'll still be better off with Gibson.
Still, overall, the Bulls finally have a top guy at the position and a backup in the top 30 as well. While the center list isn't out yet, you can bet that Joakim Noah is in the top 10 which gives us three big men in the league's top 60 with a starter in the top 10 at each position.
It's a nice change of pace after years of complaining over a lack of front court on the roster, and it's one of the reasons this year has really amazing upside. It's the first season where we have a balanced attack without an obvious achilles heal.