Well, we now sit in the offseason. Many big moves have been made and one has to think that the major trades are over with. Carlos Boozer is about the only big name still out there. For the most part every fan knows what players are going to be on their teams come November. So I thought it would be interesting to hear from everyone what they think of their own teams, but I have a different idea then just giving your basic predictions for the season. I thought it could be interesting for people to place a badge of sorts on three players from their teams. There are three badges that you can stick on a player and they are:
Keeper. This player is the heart and soul of your team. He may or may not be a superstar but he is the leader in your eyes of your team. Of all the players on your team you feel that he has the most value and therefore deserves the badge of the keeper. Some teams have a clear-cut backbone kind of player and some teams do not, so this could be an interesting question.
Sleeper. This player is about to breakout. Maybe he is a rookie or has been around for a couple of seasons, but he is about to blossom and you know it. You can feel it. Maybe he is a veteran that has struggled with injuries and has a chip on his shoulders or a forgotten lottery pick that is begining to shine. Who is your teams sleeper?
Bleeper. This is the player you wish would just go away. He is a cancer to your team or just does not fit in. He is oil and your team is water and it is time for a separation. He could be a good player or he might be an overpaid bust that is freezing up your team's money. He is the bleeper because this is a family site and if you wrote how you really feel about this player you would get banned from CBSSports.com for sure. What player is your teams bleep'n bleeper? BLEEP!
So, that is it. Give me your three players and why. Who is your teams keeper, sleeper, and bleeper. I will start things off with my beloved Bulls.
Keeper. Derrick Rose. For the first time in a decade the Bulls have a superstar in the making. He is not yet a great leader but that will come. He is however bursting with talent and is very exciting to watch. I think it is safe to say that he holds more value then any other Bull by far. He is my keeper.
Sleeper. Tyrus Thomas. The reason I went with Tyrus is clear. Of all the Bulls he might have the most upside. Sure he lacks a great basketball IQ like Joakim Noah has. Sure he forces up bad shots, but I think he made a nice step forward last season and think he could become a very good starting forward for my Bulls if he is not traded. Last summer he worked on his jumper and it showed last season, so maybe this summer he can work on his inside game and footwork. He seems to want to get better and I think he will.
Bleeper. This is a hard question for me. We already traded Ben Gordon and i really did not even hate him. Infact I think the Bulls will struggle without him. We also got rid of Tim Thomas again and I would have picked him first. I guess I will have to pick Luol Deng. Sure I could pick a nobody player like Linton Johnson, but I do not want to take the easy road. To me, and most others I would imagine, Deng is way overpaid. The Bulls signed the wrong guy to that contract. Ben Gordon did more for the Bulls over the last few years then Deng has. Deng could have a comeback season and be a 18 and 8 player again, but I still think he has a monster price tag for what he is.
Well, that is it. i look forward to reading your replies. I think this is a good way for posters to get a feel for eachother teams. Have fun.