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Beyond the Box Score: Turnover Troubles

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Beyond the Box Score: Turnover Troubles

The Bulls' inconsistent play continues as we approach the All Star Weekend, however one problem has been particularly persistent throughout the season: turnovers.

In the past ten games, the Bulls have gone 3-7. During that span, they've committed 145 turnovers, while their opponents have only coughed up the ball 98 times. But it's not the vast turnover margin that's most troubling, it's how they're giving up possessions. 

 

‘15 - ‘16  

‘14 - ‘15

Unforced TO %

52.3

48.1

Cut Efficiency

39.7

62.6

This season Fred Hoiberg has revamped the offense, increasing the pace and allowing the players to flow freely. At times this leads to some easy baskets, but pushing the pace can also lead to unforced errors.

According to Vantage Sports, over half of the Bulls' turnovers this season have come without their opponents making a major play on the ball. That's a significant jump from last season's 48 percent mark. These unforced errors are the biggest momentum killers, as their opponents essentially get a free possession.

However not all the blame lays on the shoulders of the ball carriers.  In fact, we can explain a lot of these turnovers by looking at the Bulls' Cut Efficiency Rate.

[SHOP: Gear up, Bulls fans!]

This metric shows what percentage of cuts result in an opportunity for an open pass. Last year, the Bulls moved well without the ball and got open for a pass over 60 percent of the time, according to Vantage Sports. This year however, that number has dipped below 40 percent. This places a burden on the ball carrier as he has to either force a pass into good coverage, or make an inadvisable play like driving into several defenders.

With a long road trip on the horizon, the Bulls will have to clean up these unforced turnovers and truly cherish every possession. If not, the Bulls may find themselves slipping out of the playoff picture in the tightly contested Eastern Conference.

Bulls Talk Podcast: 2018 NBA Draft primer (and some Kawhi talk)

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Bulls Talk Podcast: 2018 NBA Draft primer (and some Kawhi talk)

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Strotman and Scott Phillips get you set for the 2018 NBA Draft. They put together their own mock draft, analyzing each of the first seven picks, analyze a handful of options the Bulls should look at at No. 22, and answer questions from Twitter. They also discuss the Kawhi Leonard trade rumors and whether the Bulls could put together a package that would entice San Antonio.

Former Bulls guard joins Illinois State coaching staff

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Former Bulls guard joins Illinois State coaching staff

A former Bulls point guard will soon be back on a basketball court near Chicago.

Illinois State head coach Dan Muller announced the hiring of Chris Duhon earlier today. Duhon has been added to the coaching staff for the 2018-19 season.

Duhon, a former McDonald’s All-American, NCAA national champion and a nine-year NBA veteran, comes back into the coaching role after three years as an assistant coach at Marshall University. The Thundering Herd made a NCAA tournament appearance in March for the first time in 33 years.

"Chris brings a high level of on-the-court experience and success to our program," Muller said in a press release. "His playing career speaks for itself. He is a leader, a teammate, a worker, and a winner. As a coach, Chris helped a tremendous amount with the turnaround at Marshall under Coach D'Antoni, and is eager to continue to grow here with us."

Duhon was drafted in the second round in the NBA draft by the Bulls in 2004. Duhon averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 assists before leaving the Bulls in free agency, joining the New York Knicks on a two-year $12 million dollar contract.

He also played for the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Before entering Duke University, Duhon was named Mr. Basketball of Louisiana. And the year to follow, Duhon was no stranger to success at Duke.

Duhon finished as Duke's all-time leader in steals (300), minutes (4,813), and second in assists (819). Duhon was the only player in ACC history to record 1,200 points, 800 assists, 475 rebounds, 300 steals, and 125 3-point field goals.

He was also part of the 2001 National Championship team his sophomore season.

"I'm very thankful to Coach Dan Muller and the University for giving me the opportunity to be an assistant basketball coach," Duhon said. "I'm excited to be working for a University as prestigious as Illinois State, and I'm looking forward to coaching and working with a great group of student-athletes."

Duhon joins an Illinois State team that is returning multiple top scoring threats, and 88 percent of the team’s scoring from a year ago.