Is Acie Law a keeper?

If you think back to the post-dynasty era, the Bulls had a lot of different scrubs come in, some of them played well over small stretches, especially while we were losing, giving us quite a bit of excitement and hope that they could become players.   Heck, Jannero Pargo was one such player.

Enter Acie Law.   He was cast off by other teams, and he didn’t have his fourth year option picked up and as such, he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Law didn’t play much for GS this year, but in his 66 minutes he actually had a 21.5 PER which suggests he was quite effective in them.   When traded to Charlotte, he played even less, and in his 33 minutes put up a mere 7.7 PER.    For the Bulls Law has put up an 18.8 PER in 92 minutes. 

Now PER isn’t everything of course, but it’s a decent overall metric to see if a guy passes the sniff test statistically.   For the Bulls, he certainly does.   Now this wasn’t always the case, in larger sample sizes in his first two seasons he didn’t fare as well.  In his rookie season, Law put up a mere 7.7 PER in 852 minutes, in his second season he improved to a 10.6 in 545 minutes.   The PER trend was up, but his playing time was down.

His sample size in his third season is so small that it’s dicey to put too much credence in it, but at the same time, he’s played well enough that it shouldn’t be completely ignored either.   Especially given that he’ll likely be available for cheap next season, possibly at the vet minimum.

Watching Law on the court, I’ve found he’s done an excellent job of slashing through the defense and attacking the basket.  His primary strength has been in his ability to break down the defense and generate layups for himself.   Unfortunately, his ability to break down the defense hasn’t translated to him creating shots for others.

Law’s offensive game seems fundamentally selfish.   If he’s not creating shots for himself, he’s really not doing a whole lot.   Granted, he probably has some head room to improve in this area, and he hasn’t exactly played with offensive dynamos that would encourage him to give up the ball.   However, as a back up point guard, he’s not really providing much in terms of running the offense.

More or less, he reminds me of Monta Ellis.   Someone who’s fast, small, attacks the basket, can’t shoot, and has dicey PG skills.   His greatest strength is in creating efficient offense, but largely he’s creating it for himself.   Obviously, Monta Ellis on the vet minimum would be the steal of all steals as a FA signing, so the real question Bulls fans have to ask is can Law keep up what he’s doing over a longer stretch of time?

Law has done enough to convince me to bring him back at the veteran minimum next season.   I think there’s a high percentage chance that he becomes a sub 10 PER player over the course of a full season next year, but it’s certainly an acceptable risk for a guy getting to the basket like he is right now.   He has legitimate upside as he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities and is still young enough to grow with the team.

 The real question is whether or not Law can do enough to convince another team to pay him more.


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  • If he wants to come back from the veterans minimum I'm down for it. If any other team shows interest in him though for more money, then we'll see him on his way out.

    To me, hes a good fit as a backup PG to Rose.

  • Good Point Mr. T...If he can atleast be consistent that would be huge. 22pts in 21 min. is nothing to laugh at. I think he could play the back up 1 nicely off the bench but he could also fit in nice at the 2 (ala BG). He is short for the 2, but if you can score..really that's all we need right now cuz our D is not a all and by the looks of things, he scores better than Kirk.

  • I offered an assessment of Law a couple of(Doug's) blog articles ago. Checking scouting reports and his stats: Very good handles, borderline NBA athlete certainly not exceptional, solid first step/crafty. He did provide five assists his senior year which is at the near bottom of exceptional, but on a nearly 2.0 A/TO ratio that's acceptable for a PG. His very limited three point attempts(and three out of four years poor percentage) exhibit that he simply isn't a talented perimeter shooter. However, in limited attempts one or two a game he night be acceptable.

    Really a good NBA point guard should exhibit assist totals in the high fives and sixes with 2 to 1(2.0) or higher A/TO ratios. This is simply something Law did not do. His high field goal percentages and solid FTA's evidence that like we've seen he can get to the basket.

    Overall, he might prove to be a useful specialist as a limited minutes, but still provides something when he's in there guy. I wouldn't even describe him as a backup point, but a guy that unconventionally can score from the one. His defense was described as deficient/lackluster in college, but his effort looked solid to me in his limited minutes. He just doesn't have quite the strength/and or know-how to get through/around picks.

    I would think he'd be worth a minimum or near minimum spot for his skills and fairly high pedigree. I would not be shocked if he could actually get some assists playing with the first/talented team, but he'd allow defenses to collapse and get burnt defensively.

  • I vote KEEPER.

    And as I said before, this kid reminds me of Chauncey Billups. He has the same skillset and like Billups might be following the same career path, where he finds an NBA home and his way in the league at the age of 25.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Chauncey Billups? Seriously?
    Even before Billups ended up in Detroit, he was still getting 25-30 minutes a game while bouncing around the league.
    Law hasn't been playing and there's a reason. He's no Chauncey Billups.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I see a Jason Terry type. (Not saying he is or will be)

  • He doesn't provide a different look to Derrick Rose.

    First off, he knows how to get to the foul-line, which Rose still can't seem to figure out. Secondly, he knows how to post-up a smaller guard, which Rose doesn't want to do. Third, he's better in the half-court game, than Rose.

    I liked Acie Law at Texas A&M and I like seeing him on the Bulls.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    CORRECTION: He DOES provide a different look to Derrick Rose.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Damn almost made it without caps....

    I like what I've seen of Acie Law, but I haven't seen enough. I would take him over Hinrich and Pargo right now, though....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sounds like you think he's better than Rose. Maybe we should get rid of Rose and go with a Law/Byars backcourt next season.

    Seriously though, he does seem like a legit backup pg option and could enable us to let Pargo go and explore dealing Hinrich for a true SG.

  • In reply to rorypshea:

    Law could never play another second of basketball and we'd still be fully "enabled" to let Pargo go. Since Pargo asked to be traded they've been upping his playing time. Part of that is the reshuffling of the roster post-trades, but part of that seems to be some unexplainable loyalty to Pargo. WTF

  • In reply to WearShades:

    It GarPax and there bitchasses.

  • In reply to souleater7:

    wow, It's GarPax and their bitchasses. Thanks.

  • In reply to rorypshea:

    Law should be kept at nothing more than a one year 1-1.25 mil deal. He is a piss poor defender who doesnt even try to play D and who is a me type player on offense.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I like Law as a cheap backup point guard. I always thought he had a good feel for the game when I watched him play at A&M. Sure, Law is not a pass first type of point guard, but I'm more interested in getting players off the bench that can play and produce a bit. If he was the perfect type of prospect he wouldn't be coming off the Bulls bench. Flaws and all, Law would be a upgrade over a worthless player like Pargo. I think Vinny would be making a minor mistake if he didn't start Law over Pargo in the next game.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Thanks for putting up this thread, Doug. I'm feeling like a very well-greased squeaky wheel right now.

    Law was a deadly outside shooter at A&M. But his shot was unorthodox so I wonder if a succession of coaches have been trying to "fix" him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He appears to be highly skilled, but lazy and indifferent.
    I remember when he was getting some garbage time a few games back (don't recall the opponent). The opponent was coming in for a dunk and he just stepped aside. He seemed way more interested in taking the ball out of the basket than actually preventing it from going in.
    In summary, no thanks.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    He stepped aside from being dunked on during garbage time? Doesn't sound like a good risk/reward to me. I understand when you're a Pro basketball player you are supposed to give 110% all the time, but no reason to get hurt or hurt someone during garbage time. Not a reason to write him off.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    Normally I would agree. But it stood out in my mind because I believe it was the first action he had seen in a Bulls uniform.
    He was supposed to be making a good first impression. And the first impression he made, if I'm VDN, is he doesn't want to compete.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    dude thats meathead. There was like two minutes in the game.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    Actually the play of Law and Murray and even Warrick over the past few games highlights the flaw in the Ben Gordon was our leading scorer how can we give him up for nothing argument.

    By definition every team has to have a leading scorer each game and for each season. So no matter how motley the crew, someone will be the leading scorer, and no matter how wretched the offense, the odds are that in any given game someone will have to score 20 points, and that over the course of the season someone will average 20 ppg.

    I notice that no one is lamenting Gordon lately. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he can't get off the bench for a team with one of the worst records in the league because they have a coach that actually demands effort and defense, and his stats are at career lows in nearly every category including barely over 30% on 3's.

    Gee, if only we still had Ben Gordon, he could be our leading scorer, especially in garbage time.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    I still think he's a scrub who only got picked in the lottery because Atlanta were desperate to make up for missing Chris Paul. But for 8 minutes or so a night while Rose rests I'd pay him the minimum.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Agreed Mr. Happy.

    The Bulls can't really be picky can they. I mean this dude has scored 40 points and is 12 from 13 from the line in the last two games.

    If he can some consistency then I would love to see that dude run the second unit. He single handedly kept the Bulls in these past two games, for those who watched them.

  • None of us should 'jump the gun' here but you have to admit in those two games he showed he understands how to draw the contact and score.

    If you can find a player who can do that then you have something. If he works hard I have no doubt he could be a welcome addition.

  • He's not even in shape yet.

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