Since the start of the NBA season, Bulls fans have railed against the starting of Keith Bogans. Bogans doesn't make many mistakes on offense, at least if you don't count a missed open jumper a mistake (and most don't), and plays decent, functional defense.
He doesn't play when it counts, as Thibodeau tends to play Ronnie Brewer or Kyle Korver in those moments. However, the Bulls, on the whole, are not getting much production out of the SG position largely because of Bogans' 16 minutes a night.
The problem won't be solved until Thibodeau drops the notion of starting Keith Bogans.
We've seen this before when Scott Skiles had his man-crush on Chris Duhon, and it took a seven or so game stretch where Duhon shot around 12% from the field for him to finally relent. Why do coaches' fall into this trap? I don't know.
Bulls fans have lined up all kinds of trade scenarios to grab guys like J.R. Smith, Anthony Johnson, and other middling players to solve the Bogans problem, but the problem is solved by simply not playing him.
Start Kyle Korver
I laid out the long case for starting Korver here. The short point of the story here is that Kyle Korver plays much better with Derrick Rose. He's now in a position where he shoots spot up shots rather than turn around shots off of double baseline screens.
He also puts Watson in position to be a more free ranging shot creator off the bench instead of trying to force him into a disciplined spot up role. We've seen what Watson can do when he's told to create shots for himself instead of play slow down ball and wait for Korver to come off of screens. You're upgrading both Watson and Korver considerably with this move.
Ronnie Brewer's skills, on the other hand, are equally valuable regardless of who he plays with.
Don't like that? Start Ronnie Brewer
Hey I want to start Korver, but I'm not picky, because you can't go wrong starting Brewer either.
Ronnie Brewer played his best ball in Utah when he played 32 minutes a game. He averaged 13.7 points a game, drew plenty of fouls, still played great defense, and shot over 50% from the field. The complaint some have about Brewer is that he doesn't adequately space the floor for Rose.
However, neither does Bogans, and Bogans doesn't space it any more than Brewer does. Other teams completely ignore Bogans and are content to leave him wide open to shoot threes if it means covering Boozer/Rose better.
However, unlike Bogans, Brewer is at least a threat to drive to the hoop and draw a foul or make a cut to a basket for an easy shot when he's left open. He's not pressuring the opposing defense tremendously, but he's applying considerably more pressure than Keith Bogans is.
Defensively, Brewer is obviously a huge upgrade over Bogans. Bogans is functional, but Brewer is functional and disruptive. (by functional, I mean a defender who funnels his man into help defense and generally contests shots, by disruptive I mean a player who can cause deflections, play passing lines, generate steals etc)
Overall, Brewer is simply a considerably better player than Keith Bogans is. It's not close.
Now for something completely different... Start C.J. Watson
Sounds insane right? Of course it does, but it's actually considerably more sane than starting Keith Bogans.
Watson shoots better than Bogans and can put the ball on the floor and drive if left open as well. He'll do a considerably better job than Bogans in providing spacing and punishment if the opposing team mobs Boozer/Rose and give the Bulls a second ball handler on the floor.
It's not particularly practical only for the reason that there's no backup PG to come in the game when one of them rests, but many teams basically play a three man guard rotation, so the Bulls could do this simply by subbing Watson for Brewer at the 6 minute mark than subbing Watson in for Rose again later.
It'd raise Watson's total minutes to around 22 per game (6 to start the first and 3rd and 5 minutes for Rose's 2nd quarter and 4th quarter rest). However, Watson likely plays much better with a consistent 22 minutes per game than he does now.
On top of that, Watson's done a solid job defensively really getting after it against opponents playing really hard through screens and pressuring the ball. I've been more impressed with Watson's defense than Bogans. Granted, Watson's likely undersized as a starting two, and of the three scenarios, this one makes the least sense, but though it's basically non-sensical, it makes more sense than starting Bogans.
The solution to the SG problem lies in playing our best players not trading for another SG
Trading for a SG sounds great, but the problem is the Bulls have few pieces to offer to bring in a guy who's better than Brewer/Korver. The problem is simply that the Bulls aren't playing those guys enough.
Could Stephen Jackson help this team? Maybe, but at his age, he's unlikely to play better than Brewer over the next three seasons. Could O.J. Mayo help this team? Perhaps, but he's grousing about playing the same role we want him to play in Memphis now, why would he be happy to play it here? In fact, here, his role is even smaller.
Could J.R. Smith or Anthony Parker help us? No, these guys aren't better than the guys we already have and aren't playing enough. They upgrade Bogans, but we don't need to upgrade our 5th guard. We just need to play him like a 5th guard.
Don't get me wrong, I like Keith Bogans as a 5th guard. He's one of the better 5th guards in the league, but he's the Bulls 5th best guard. No team actively plays it's top five guard options unless it's consistently playing small ball due to a lack of big man options.
The Bulls need to put Bogans back into the role he belongs. When you need him to hold down the fort due to an injury for 10-15 minutes a night he'll be there, but we don't need to keep getting killed with him every night.