Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau likes guys he can trust and has quickly re-inserted Kirk Hinrich back into the starting point guard role in Chicago.
» Kirk Hinrich, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls (4.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
17 points (7-13 FG, 0-0 FT), 3 three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs Lakers.
When Kirk Hinrich injured his hamstring and was forced to miss four games in late January, D.J. Augustin took the starting point guard job and balled out. Everyone assumed, perhaps rightly so, that Augustin would remain the Bulls’ starting point guard for the remainder of the season.
But Captain Kirk couldn’t be held down. After playing one game off the bench since returning, Thibodeau stuck Hinrich back into the starting role and he has been producing very handily for the Bulls and for fantasy purposes.
In his past four games, Hinrich has averaged 10.5 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 2.8 assists and a fantastic 2.3 steals per game. That’s good enough to place him at number 110 in Basketball Monster.com’s rankings, a decent number, but by no means something to sell the farm for.
If you drill down further and look just at Hinrich’s last two games, you’ll see a much brighter picture. Hinrich looks fully healthy and has played the most minutes since his return in the games against the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. In those two games, he is averaging 16 points, 2.0 three-pointers, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals on over 50 percent shooting from the field.
Those numbers are superb and if he can kep producing at that rate, he’s a must-add on all teams. For the time being, he should be added in 12 team leagues and anything deeper.