Monday, September 30, 2013
Bench role might help Hinrich
By Nick Borges
Kirk Hinrich had a tough 2012-13 season due to several injuries and he even finished it dealing with pneumonia. Hinrich will be a backup in 2013-14 and the 10-year NBA veteran is happy to play less minutes.
"I'm excited," Hinrich tells the Chicago Tribune. "I've come off the bench before and enjoyed it. I feel I can come in and bring energy. That will be a good role for me. Most of the injuries last year were just bad luck, so I try not to put too much stock into it.
Hinrich will be Derrick Rose's primary backup at point guard and he should see time at shooting guard, too, behind starter Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy.
Hinrich is set to join the free agent market in 2014.
Bradford DoolittleHinrich hoping for a bounce-back season
"A player with a usage rate under 15 percent needs to at the very least hit the league average in true shooting percentage to be an offensive asset; Hinrich was at just .493 last season, and committed too many turnovers to boot. The hope will be that Rose's return will tease out some of the former efficiency in Hinrich's game. Hinrich retains his excellent defensive reputation, and his indicators are still above average on that end. Like new teammate Mike Dunleavy Jr., Hinrich finished in the top 10 in drawing charges a season ago, and with Taj Gibson anchoring the middle, driving the lane against Chicago's second unit will be a perilous adventure. Hinrich is at a bad age for guards, and SCHOENE is seeing a below-replacement campaign for him. Chicago is hoping by being asked to do less, Hinrich will be able to provide more."