The 2016 NBA off-season was filled with surprises; obviously, the biggest being the Warriors signing of Kevin Durant. Not too far behind that decision though, was Dwayne Wade’s signing with the Chicago Bulls. Having played 13 seasons, and winning 3 championships with the Miami Heat, Dwayne split for his hometown (Chicago). It seemed that Miami was committed to rebuilding, and Wade was just a big chunk of money in the way of that process. After yesterdays debut, it appears that Dwayne Wade has found himself a familiar place to call home.
The Bulls faced the Boston Celtics who had a big signing of their own in the off-season with Al Horford. Horford scored 11 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds in what was a quiet debut. Dwayne on the other hand, looked very comfortable with the Bulls offense. Wade, who has always been known for his ability to attack the basket, took a much different approach to last nights game. It appears that he may have developed his outside shooting in the off-season, in an attempt to stay healthy, and increase his longevity.
With career averages of only 0.5 three-pointers per game, and a 28% shooting percentage from behind the arc, Wade is by no means considered a three-point shooter. If you watched last nights game, however, you’d have believed otherwise. Wade shot 4-6 from behind the arc, including a clutch 3 pointer in the last 30 seconds of the game that put the Bulls up by 5.
While Wade didn’t necessarily have a dominant performance, he put in 22 points, and clearly had a positive effect on this young Bulls team, which I believe has drastically improved from last year. Also debuting for Chicago, Rajon Rondo, who didn’t shoot well in the game, but had his usual well rounded performance with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals. Jimmy Butler led the way with 24 points, in what was a very good showing from the “new-look” Bulls of 2016-17.
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