All season long, the Chicago Bulls have had trouble finding consistency out of its bench players. The bench has laid a lot of eggs this season in the forms of Denzel Valentine and Micheal Carter-Williams. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg finally seems to have figured out his bench rotation in the postseason. One of the key players off the bench for the Bulls has been rookie small forward Paul Zipser.

Drafted 48th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, the 6’8″ small forward from Germany has gone relatively unknown by many throughout the regular season. However, in their series against the Boston Celtics, he has given the Bulls great minutes off the bench.

When he comes into the game, he has brings versatility on the defensive end. In both games against the Celtics, Zipser showed the ability to stay in front of quicker guards like Isaiah Thomas and Terry Rozier while also being able to matchup with Jay Crowder and Marcus Smart.

To have a player that can sub in for Jimmy Butler and keep up the defensive intensity has been huge for Chicago, especially with Boston’s guard heavy lineup.

Zipser’s craftiness has allowed him to get good looks on offensively. He is averaging 11 points a game in the playoffs and is shooting 58 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.

He is not a player that is going to blow by his defender. Instead he uses a series of head and ball fakes to get to the rim. He plays patiently and under control when the running the pick and roll also. Zipser has also filled the role of being a spot up shooter perfectly for Chicago. He has spaced the floor out so Butler and Dwyane Wade can have room to operate.

If Zipser continues to play at this level off the bench, then the Bulls may indeed upset the one-seeded Celtics.

Erich Fisher is a Staff Writer that covers the NBA for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter at @ETFisher24.