From a big picture perspective, Carlos Boozer appeared to have a pretty decent season. Sure, he missed some games early on, but his 17.5 points per game, 9.6 rebounds and over 50% shooting from the field were solid.
However, anyone watching the Bulls night in and night out likely wasn't so happy with Carlos Boozer as you'd expect them to be for a guy putting up those stats.
They saw a player who didn't bring it in the most important moments and had to carry an epi-pen in case the defense everyone else played put him into anaphylactic shock.
That said, while Boozer's one of the more frustrating players I've ever watched, he still made a huge positive impact for the Bulls.
Yes, Derrick Rose transformed the team by turning into a superstar, but Carlos Boozer still gave the team a secondary offensive player. He allowed Rose to rest at times by taking some of the offensive burden. He did score efficiently on the whole, and the team played much better while he was healthy even if not necessarily while he was on the floor.
Is Boozer good enough to be the second best player on a championship team? Traditionally, no. However, the Bulls are going to have to hope their team is non traditional, because it's hard to imagine the Bulls getting someone else better.
If the Bulls could count on 17-18 points on over 50% shooting from the field in the playoffs, then I think they would have an excellent chance to win it all with Boozer.
So the real question is whether or not Boozer played poorly in the post season because he was simply playing hurt or because he's simply not that good when matched up against the elite competition.
The injury definitely held him back last year. He clearly lacked explosion and burst, and he appeared to play most of the playoffs without the ability to really jump effectively. That said, I don't know that I trust him to deliver even if healthy.
We aren't trading Boozer nor are we replacing him. Carlos Boozer is our starting PF for the foreseeable future whether we like it or not. His contract is too big to move for anything but cash savings, and cash savings won't help us beat Miami.
The Bulls will simply have to hope he hits his stride in May instead of January next season.