Carlos Boozer might not have been the grand prize of the offseason free agency, but the way he’s played this season, the Bulls are more than happy to have him.

“I’ve been very impressed,” Bulls’ TV analyst, Kendall Gill told The Score’s Jason Goff. “I didn’t think he was going to start off this fast. I thought it’d be 10 or 15 games in [before] he would get acclimated to his new teammates, but he stepped right in. He had a rough couple of games to begin with, but now he’s playing better than I’ve ever seen him play.”

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Boozer’s low-post scoring presence has been something that the Bulls have been missing for a long time. And he might just be the final piece for the Bulls to establish themselves as a legitimate contender.

“When you get 31 [points] and 19 [rebounds],” Gill said, “and you can keep doing that and have the luxury of having somebody you can throw the ball into, it takes pressure off of Derrick Rose, makes everybody else a better player because he’s demanding double teams. And that leaves guys open and gives them open shots.”

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The Bulls will need Boozer to keep up his play as the team waits for Joakim Noah to return from injury.