Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The 45 Most Important Players to the Chicago Bulls Dynasty - #37 Keith Booth

Keith Booth
Keith Booth was drafted in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. It must have been a dream come true, coming from a powerhouse program like Maryland and going to the elite NBA franchise, the back-to-back champion Chicago Bulls.

Keith Booth did a little bit of everything for Maryland as he averaged nearly twenty points, eight rebounds, and two and a half assists per game. For the Bulls, he did slightly less. During the Bulls final title year, Booth played in just six games for a total of 17 minutes. During his senior season at Maryland, he averaged twice that many minutes per game.

But impressively, he managed to stay on the team for the entire year, and he was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Had the Bulls needed to ice away a game, they definitely could have gone to Booth, although they never actually did.

Still, he won a title with the Bulls, and even stuck around for another year for the strike-shortened 1998-99 season. Unfortunately, an uptick in minutes for Keith Booth was not enough to replace Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman as the Bulls went from 62-20 in 1997-98 to 13-37 in 1998-99. Even the free throw magic from 1998 was gone as Booth shot just 50% that following year. But hey, Keith Booth got to start four games, so that's pretty cool.

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