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Bulls looking for shooting guard: Jackson, Mayo on radar

Dec 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

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The Chicago Bulls have some pieces — a dynamic point guard, a power forward who can score inside and out, a rebounding and defense focused center (who is out injured), some quality role players.

What they want is a shooting guard who can fit next to Derrick Rose. That’s what they are working hard to trade for and they are considering Stephen Jackson from Charlotte and O.J. Mayo from Memphis according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Jackson is a better shooter and probably is a better fit alongside Rose,” (former USC and NBA assistant coach Kevin) O’Neill said. “Mayo is more of a slasher and wants the ball in his hands to take it to the basket, which takes the ball out of Rose’s hands. (That’s why) Jackson is probably a better complement to Rose.”

The Bulls definitely need a guy at the two who can catch-and-shoot on offense. Jackson is shooting 38.1 percent this season on spot up jumpers but 35.4 percent from three (according to Synergy Sports). Not fantastic but not bad from deep, and he brings some other ways to score to the table.

Mayo, for the record, is shooting 36.3 percent on spot ups but 37.9 percent from three in that situation, and scores slightly more points per possession that way than Jackson.

  1. thestudiokida - Dec 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    I don’t know why you would want to replace Keith Bogans… I mean where can you get 4 points & 2 rebounds? On .378% shooting to boot!

  2. Andy - Dec 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    I disagree with the quoted section. Jackson dominates the ball and likes to have the offense run through him. Mayo doesn’t require this and is a far superior defensive player — not to mention he isn’t a basketcase.

    • thestudiokida - Dec 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

      Agree w/ Andy… I live in Charlotte and have seen Stephen Jackson up close and personal for the last couple seasons. He’s a good player but he’s not what the Bulls are looking for. They’d be better of passing on Jackson and wait for the home run deal that makes them a contender.

  3. downtowndanny - Dec 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    of the two, coach Thibs has to be eyeing Wacko Jacko. he provides more height, has proven he has heart and if Rose is on the bench with foul trouble, this guy can still put up numbers. when you think of competing in the east, OJ Mayo isn’t scaring anybody. Coach Thibs coming from Boston, is already familiar with nutjobs. the only problem is who do they have to give up to get a deal done? Taj is off limits, that only leaves James Johnson, Scalabrini, and Bogans from the other GM’s point of view, thats not much!

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