In case you missed reports that the Chicago Bulls will reportedly hire Roy Rogers as the team’s newest assistant coach, Patrick Beverley has you covered:
Coach Roy just signed with the bulls!!! Ok I see u coach 👀👀👀👀
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) June 4, 2019
Oh, and we see you right back!
Rogers has a decorated coaching résumé, ample experience with some high-profile coaches, and an expertise on the defensive side of the ball. But perhaps a more important aspect of this hire is that Rogers has a connection to Beverley, one that led to a positive reaction to news that he was hired by the Bulls. So let’s take a moment to talk about it.
Beverley, a native Chicagoan, is a free agent point guard who is reportedly on the Bulls’ radar, and with good reason. If Chicago is looking for a 3-and-D guard to fill in as a high-quality role player, then Beverley might be the best of the bunch when it comes to free agents in this draft class.
- He’s long been a stellar defensive player who excels as an on-ball defender.
- And he also shoots the 3-ball at an efficient rate, canning 39 percent of his tries (he averaged 4 attempts per game) in 156 games since the start of the 2017 season.
Since the Bulls ranked in the bottom half of the league in 3-point percentage (35.1 percent), as well as defensive efficiency (25th in the 30-team league), Beverley is an obvious fit.
This isn’t to say that Beverley is signing with the Bulls as soon as free agency opens up. Other factors such as money, competitiveness, and comfort figure to play a role in where he makes his next basketball home. But the NBA is a player’s league built on relationships. Beverley’s relationship with Rogers won’t be the lone factor driving his interest in Chicago, but strong bonds have been known to help in free agent pursuits elsewhere. Maybe it’s time the Bulls caught up with the league in this regard.
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