Let's be honest, Hinrich's offense was virtually non-existent. He scored 8.4 points per 36 minutes (an almost ridiculously low mark), had abysmal efficiency (TS% of .468), and even saw his free throw shooting decline six percentage points. At no point did he look comfortable shooting the ball, and he frequently found himself leaving shots well short, or in situations where he couldn't even get an attempt up.
Hinrich still has some worth in the sense of handling the ball, even though that skill has lessened somewhat in recent years. When he doesn't try being too cute by threading the needle - much in the same manner as Noah - he's actually a decent set-up guy who can initiate some offense, without being involved. This is fine and dandy, but in the new NBA, where spacing and shot-making ability across positions are necessary, Hinrich is drastically falling behind.
This used to be Hinrich's bread and butter, and to some extent it still if given the overall decline in his game. To his credit, Hinrich does put in a tremendous effort whenever he's on defense, but he's lost so much of his quickness and athleticism that he's become a shell of the defender he used to be. Three years ago Hinrich struggled primarily against quicker lead guards, whereas now he's having trouble keeping up with all sorts of players, quick and slow.
On some level, it's understandable. At 34, and not blessed with elite athleticism at any point in his career, a drop-off was expected. You have to wonder what the plan is now regarding Hinrich. Does he sit out 10-12 games in a row and wrap up games in blow-outs, or does he become a 10-minute specialty player in which the Bulls try to squeeze the very last drops from him on that end of the floor?
"Brought it factor"
You can critique Hinrich's game for missing a lot of things, but there's no denying he's bringing whatever he's got, and is doing it every night. It's been his way of doing things since his rookie season, and that mentality hasn't changed. He may be supremely effective, but at least he's not lazy.
Highlight of the season
He may try, and he may be a pro's pro. But at the end of the day, he's doing more harm than good out there. Now, some of that grade should be passed on to Tom Thibodeau for playing him over 24 minutes a night.
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