Grading the Bulls’ 2012-2013 Season

A recap of the Chicago Bulls' 2012-2013 NBA season on a player-by-player grading scale.

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Derrick Rose
nThrough it all, D. Rose stayed true to himself and he handled the negativity better than a large majority of athletes would have, while continuing to put in the necessary work to get back to his pre-injury level. All of these things are to be celebrated because when he comes back, he’ll be a better player than he was before and people will wonder why they ever questioned Derrick Rose in the first place.
n GradeIncomplete
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Jimmy Butler
nIn the playoffs, Butler increased his average to 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 44 percent from the field, 41 percent from the three-point line and 82 percent from the free-throw line.
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Nate Robinson
nDuring the Brooklyn Nets series, Nate Robinson was virtually unstoppable. His performance in Game 4 may go down in NBA history (not just Bulls history) as one of the greatest individual performances of all time. The smallest guy on the court with the biggest heart willed his team to one of the biggest victories of the season and also gave the Bulls a 3-1 series lead.
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Luol Deng
nOver the last few years, Luol Deng has become all sorts of things for Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls. He’s their ironman, the Swiss army knife, the glue, the spit, the duct tape, whatever. And the 2012-13 campaign was no different for the nine-year veteran.nGrade:A
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Vladimir Radmanovic
nDuring the year, Radmanovic averaged 1.3 points per game and 5.8 minutes, both career lows. It was tough for him to crack Thibs' rotation and he spent more time as an NBA spectator with a great view of the action than an actual NBA player.
nGrade: F
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Marquis Teague
nTeague appeared in 48 regular season games and eight of the Bulls' 12 playoff contests. He shouldn't be gauged on his numbers - which weren't awe-inspiring but his progression over the course of the season as he showed an ability to penetrate and get to the rim at will, while also proving to be a capablendefender as well.
nGrade: C-
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Kirk Hinrich
nOn the year he averaged just 7.7 points and 5.2 assits while shooting the lowest field goal and free-throw percentage of his career (38 and 71 percent respectively). Hinrich also wasn't very accurate from the three-point stripe, shooting just 39 percent from long distance.
nGrade: B-
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Nazr Mohammed
nMohammed joined the Bulls as a free agent last summer to be a backup for Joakim Noah after the departure of Omer Asik to the Houston Rockets. He appeared in 63 games this season, making 12 starts and averaged 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11 minutes per game.
nGrade: C
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Carlos Boozer
nBoozer played the most games (79) of any player on the roster while averaging 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line. His playoff averages were similar as well with 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field, even though his free-throw percentage and assits were down slightly.
nGrade: A-
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Rip Hamilton
nLate in the season and going into the playoffs, Hamilton was pulled from the rotation completely and spent a lot of time on the bench as a spectator. And in the playoffs, Hamilton appeared in just four of Chicago's 12 postseason games.
nGrade: D-
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Taj Gibson
nGibson played in 65 games this season, started in five of them and cracked double-digits in scoring 22 times this season but only five times when it came to rebounding. And there were far too many nights when Gibson would finish with four points and a few rebounds here and there.
nGrade: C-
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Marco Belinelli
nMarco Belinelli had a number of big games this season as he finished with averages of 9.6 points and 2.0 assists in 73 games this season.nAs the season came to a close, however, Belinelli found himself relegated to strictly a bench role as Thibs made room for Jimmy Butler in the starting up.
nGrade: C
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Daequan Cook
nHe appeared in six games - three against Brooklyn and Miami - and scored just three points in the postseason. It's unlikely the Ohio State alum will be back in a Bulls uniform next season, although he didn't disappoint too much as not a whole lot was expected from him.
nGrade: F
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