We know Brian Scalabrine and John Lucas III have accepted camp invites, but a couple more names are starting to come out.
The former Illinois star Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency:
Interperformances, college: Illinois) has been invited to the Chicago
Bulls training camp. Roger was also invited by the Bulls on September
2008. Since then, Roger has always played in Europe gaining experience
in important leagues such as the Israeli premier League with Hapoel
Jerusalem, Spanish ACB with Murcia and the French Pro A with JDA Dijon.
Last seaon with Murcia averaged 8.3ppg and 3.4rpg.
Bulls had veteran swingman Ime
Oduka in for workout at Berto today. Nothing decided but could get
training camp invite. Strong defender.
So I went and checked up on Roger Powell's European stats, hoping that he could possibly compete with Scalabrine as a stretch four. His shooting in Europe has been okay, but nothing special. His last year of significant playing time that draftexpress has in their database puts him at 38.5% from the three point line, but the two years prior to that were considerably worse.
Given what little data is there, it's not out of the realm of possibility, especially since there is a year gap between his good numbers and the weaker numbers where he likely played for some international league DX has no stats for. He may have simply improved his shot over time as many players do.
Given my view that Scalabrine is not an NBA caliber player, I'd much rather bring in Powell if he can show any ability to shoot at all. He's also a noted good locker room guy, might fill the stretch four need and will defend/rebound better than Scalabrine ever would. Plus, many Bulls fans have a soft spot for former Illini.
As for Udoka, he's spent his career as a fringe NBA player, but he's had years where he hit the three point shot well, and he can defend, hit the glass and do some of the little things. At 33 years old and with his numbers in decline last season, maybe he's lost a step and can no longer do those things, but for a 13th-15th man he'd make a quality player if he could play to his career averages.
As noted before, the one guy I'd love to see in Bulls camp on an invite is Bobby Simmons. Compared to Scalabrine, he's simply a better player in every aspect of the game including shooting. He's a career 40% three point bomber relative to Scalabrine's 35%, he's a better rebounder defender, can do more things with the ball and is a couple years younger. As noted, Scalabrine better rock the hell out of the intangibles to make this worth it.