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Predicting Chicago Bulls' Final 15-Man Roster
The Chicago Bulls’ roster currently consists of 12 players. Although the team is expected to sign only one additional player, it’s possible that three minimum free agents could be added.
Who will suit up for the Bulls in 2013-14? Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng will certainly sport the red, black and white to start the season. And don’t forget about guys like Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich as well.
This summer, Chicago lost a pair of free agents—Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli—who were solid contributors last season. Yet, new additions such as Mike Dunleavy and rookie Tony Snell should emerge as exceptional role players.
With the return of Rose to the hardwood, the Bulls possess a championship-caliber roster. The former MVP, of course, missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery. Can D-Rose power his crew past the Miami Heat and deliver a title in 2014?
1. Point Guard
Starter: Derrick Rose
Medically cleared to play late last season, Derrick Rose chose not to return to the court. And many people criticized him for that decision.
He made the right call, though, seeing that he wasn’t 100 percent. Why risk another injury, right?
This coming season, Rose will sport a Bulls uniform rather than street clothes. Expect the megastar point guard to have a monster year, possibly the best of his career. The United Center crowd surely missed his ankle-breaking crossovers, dazzling dunks and ridiculous circus shots.
Primary Backup: Kirk Hinrich
Kirk Hinrich started in place of Rose last season. Now, he’ll head back to the by CouponDropDown">bench, backing up both guard spots.
“Captain Kirk” is truly a favorite of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, as he brings hard-nosed defense and leadership to the table.
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Secondary Backup: Marquis Teague
Marquis Teague rarely saw the court last year as a rookie. He appeared in just 48 contests, averaging 8.2 minutes per game. His playing time should increase next season with the departure of Nate Robinson.
Teague was sensational during this year’s NBA Summer League, showing his ability to score and get his teammates involved. Look for him to showcase those skills during the regular season as well.
2. Shooting Guard
Starter: Jimmy Butler
Heading into last season, Jimmy Butler was Luol Deng’s backup at small forward. These days, he’s the starting shooting guard, playing alongside Derrick Rose in the backcourt.
Butler was phenomenal last season, averaging 8.6 points in the regular season and 13.3 during the playoffs. That’s much better than his 2.6 points and 0.0 average as a rookie. He obviously took advantage of his increased playing time as a second-year pro.
A lockdown defender, Butler’s offense improves daily. Expect a great campaign from “Jimmy Buckets,” as his ball-handling and shooting should be much improved.
Primary Backup: Tony Snell
The Bulls passed up a big man in the draft like Duke’s Mason Plumlee or Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng. Instead, they picked New Mexico’s Tony Snell, who has the potential to be a quality pro.
Snell can shoot from the outside and play defense, making him the perfect fit for the Bulls. “3-and-D” players are always valuable.
Tom Thibodeau typically doesn’t play rookies. However, it’s possible that he’ll change his mind and give Snell a chance.
Secondary Backup: Leandro Barbosa
Chicago could use another guard, and Leandro Barbosa would be a nice free-agent pickup.
While he isn’t the dangerous bench scorer that he used to be with the Phoenix Suns, Barbosa can still put the ball in the hoop. He has averaged 12 points for his career.
3. Small Forward
Starter: Luol Deng
Luol Deng’s name has been mentioned in trade talks for several years. Yet, he’s still a Bull and ready for his 10th season with the team.
Deng is an excellent two-way player. His 16.5 points per game led Chicago last season. Plus, he’s one of the league’s better perimeter defenders.
The 6’8” forward was named an All-Star the past two seasons. Perhaps he’ll make the squad for the third consecutive year.
Primary Backup: Mike Dunleavy
Chicago ranked 21st in three-point percentage last season. That explains why Mike Dunleavy was signed during the offseason. He shot a career-high 42.8 from downtown as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dunleavy will replace sharp-shooter Kyle Korver, who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks last summer. He should receive a ton of open looks due to Derrick Rose’s ability to penetrate.
Secondary Backup: Ronnie Brewer
Unlike Dunleavy, Ronnie Brewer wouldn’t be signed for his shooting. He has hit only 25.6 percent of his three-point attempts for his career. Yeah, you definitely can’t refer to that as “red-hot.”
Brewer, however, is a good defender, and plus he already knows Chicago’s system. He spent two seasons in Chicago.
4. Power Forward
Starter: Carlos Boozer
Whether you love or hate him, Carlos Boozer will return as the Bulls’ starting power forward. This may very well be his final year with the team, as he could be amnestied next summer to create cap space.
Not the world’s greatest defender, Boozer can help in terms of scoring and rebounding. He put up 16.2 points and 9.8 boards per game last season.
Boozer isn’t the most popular player in Chicago, but he’s a solid contributor.
Primary Backup: Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson is clearly one of the league’s top reserve big men. The USC product provides high energy and top-notch defense. He also excites Bulls fans with his breathtaking dunks.
Expect another respectable campaign from Gibson. And get ready for a few posterizing slams.
Secondary Backup: Erik Murphy
The Bulls used the 49th overall pick in this year’s draft on Erik Murphy. He hit an incredible 45.3 percent from beyond the arc as a senior at Florida, so he was obviously brought in to fill a huge need.
It’s unlikely that he’ll see any action as a rookie. You know Tom Thibodeau’s rule.
Starter: Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah has come a long way. Earlier in his career, he wasn’t much more than a decent role player. Today, he’s the league’s top all-around big man. He can score, rebound, block shots, hit free throws and stick the mid-ranger jumper. Plus, he dishes the rock like a point guard. Is there anything he can’t do?
Noah is the Bulls’ emotional leader. The team just wouldn’t be the same without him. Last season was easily the best of his career, as he earned a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
If the Bulls want to win a championship, Noah must stay healthy and ready to go.
Primary Backup: Nazr Mohammed
Retaining Nazr Mohammed was a smart move by Bulls management. The Chicago native is a nice backup for Noah. He can defend and rebound, although he’s not going to scare you with his scoring.
Rarely playing during the first part of last season, Mohammed emerged as a contributor later on. Re-signing for the minimum makes the Chicago native a bargain.
Secondary Backup: Cole Aldrich
Speaking of the minimum, the Bulls could sign someone like Cole Aldrich for that amount.
The former Kansas star averaged only 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds last year. Those aren’t spectacular numbers, but his 10.3 points and 13 boards per 36 minutes are appealing.
Aldrich could develop into a rotation player in the Windy City. C’mon Bulls, go out and get this guy.
rumor has it the bulls are looking at Antwan J and Pittman..........
Yeah, that's what the Bulls need. A 37-year old washed up player who's at the end of his career. *roll eyes*
On the other hand Dexter Pittman seems to be a promising young backup center. Hope he sticks around.
Any news on Cole Aldrich? Wouldn't be a bad option behind Noah.
hey im not saying its the best choice its a rumor..........cole Aldrich maybe if he wants to come then yea he would be a third option tho.
Burning Questions: Expectations for Rose
In just over a month the Chicago Bulls open training camp and begin working on what figures to be a promising season. Derrick Rose is back, Joakim Noah had a summer to rest his perennially injured foot and they might have found a long-term shooting guard in Jimmy Butler after his development last season.
But there are still plenty of questions for a team that hopes to return to the NBA's upper echelon with their star back leading the way.
1. Will Rose play at an MVP-level in his first season back from knee surgery?
Count me in the group that believes that after a few months of working out the kinks, Rose will be back to playing like his old self. He is too talented, and has worked too hard on his game over the course of his rehab to believe that he won't be the same player again. He knows there will be pressure on him to perform the same way and he is looking forward to proving all of his doubters wrong.
2. How does Tom Thibodeau make sure his team is healthy at playoff time?
The key for Thibodeau is to follow through on his intended plan. He already stated this summer that Joakim Noah's minutes would come down and that Luol Deng's workload may shrink by a few minutes here and there. He must follow through on that plan now -- even if it costs the Bulls a few regular season wins. Bulls management will continue to try and remind Thibodeau that there is a bigger picture in place, but it will up to the coach to take his foot off the gas ever so slightly. He is well aware of the criticism he receives. Now he has the chance to change the perception regarding how he doles out minutes.
3. Will the uncertain Bulls futures of Deng and Carlos Boozer be a distraction this season?
Only if both players struggle to contribute early on -- and that's not likely given how solid both have been the past couple seasons, especially Deng. The safest bet is that both players will hit on the fact that they just win this season and they'll see what happens after the season ends. Having said that, both are both smart and they can see the writing on the wall. It's a near certainty that the Bulls will amnesty Boozer at the end of this season and Deng's future with the Bulls is up in the air unless he decides to take a significant pay cut, an option that appears unlikely at this point.
4. Can Butler replicate his playoff success for a full 82-game season?
Butler has spent the summer working on his game and appears confident that he can take the next step in his progression this season. He is going to have an impact this season, but I don't believe it will be as big as the one he had during the playoffs last year. Without Rose, Deng and Kirk Hinrich on the floor during much of the playoffs, Butler was asked to play all 48 minutes most games and be a force on both ends. With Rose back in the fold he won't be asked to do nearly as much. The key is that Butler must find a rhythm with Rose, who he has not played with much in his career. If Butler continues to play solid defense and develops a consistent jumper, his season will be viewed as a success whether his minutes get cut slightly or not.
5. Will the Bulls be dealing with Noah's foot problems again this season?
Yes. Until Noah proves he can stay healthy for an entire season this will continue to be a problem for the Bulls. The All-Star center spent the summer working out with his personal trainer and close friend, Alex Perris, but both he and the Bulls know that they must find a way to get the plantar fasciitis in order. Thibodeau noted Noah's minutes would come down this year -- but it's a situation the organization must continually monitor throughout the season.
Is the recently waived Michael Beasley worth a look?
17.1, 16.1, 15.5, 13.0, 10.8. Those are Michael Beasley's PERs from rookie season to last season. Yes. He has actually gotten worse every year in the league for five straight seasons and given his drug problems, attitude problems, and knucklehead problems, it wouldn't be shocking if that trend continued for a sixth and final season then that was it.
If Beasley had much in the way of choices this coming off-season, he'd have to choose carefully. Odds are that there won't be many suitors and none above the minimum, so his choice shouldn't be very difficult if there's one at all. However, one more down year, and it's probably all she wrote for the supercoolbeas.
Is Beasley enough of a four at this point in his career to have appeal to the Bulls? He might provide some volume scoring off the bench which Chicago could desperately use. He could be our Andray Blatche. The guy playing the ninth man role who comes in and mops up against the pedestrian second string defenders.
Make no mistake, the Bulls could still use an offensive oriented player. Beasley provides about as much offensive upside and skill as you'll ever find at the minimum contract. He's not a true center though, probably not even a true PF. If his drug use has gotten too bad, he may not play athletically enough to run at SF either.
His trend of declining stats don't speak well for anything going on with his basketball career. That said, Chicago might just be the perfect situation for Beasley if he can keep it together and convince them to take a chance on him. He'd get opportunities to score from the bench, he'd get them against weak defenses.
If he can buckle up and listen to his coach, he'd play underneath someone who will defend him to the death, work him into shape, and has proven to make his role players look good every year. There's definitely potential for this to work both ways, but it probably has to start with Beasley addressing his issues, showing contrition, and convincing Bulls management he can change.
He's not what the Bulls want, not at all, but he could be what they need. Only if he can turn it around personally though. Will Chicago make a call on Beasley? Hard to say.
Is he better for the Bulls than Drew Gooden who offers more size and rebounding? Is rookie Beasley still sleeping dormantly inside of the 'out of the league' Beasley he's been recently?
The Bulls have just one roster spot left to fill, and they'll likely go the chemistry route over the maximum talent route which means that Tyrus Thomas and Michael Beasley are probably out.
However, in a critical playoff game I'd rather hope that Tyrus or Beasley can get motivated to bring their A game than hope that Malcolm Thomas is a legit NBA player disguised as a fringe one.
The counter point is simply that neither guy will play in a critical game, and Malcolm Thomas's better attitude will help you over a season.
There's merit either way, but Beasley's at least worth a phone call and a conversation to see if his once promising career can be resurrected.
Where are all those who people who thought the Bulls should draft Beasley over Rose now?
Thank God they're not the Bulls GM. :D
So what do you think of Beasley playing for the Bulls? He could get a "Tebow-like" contract, minimum salary. If he stops being an immature idiot and focuses on the game, the Bulls could benefit from his talents. If he can resurrect his career it would be great for him and also for the team. If he decides to stay an idiot we can still move on.
Beasley and the Bulls have nothing to lose imo.
He has talent, no question about it. But he has serious character issues. Sign him to the vets minimum with a character clause and I would not mind. But anything more than that and I would have an issue
Rose was 5 of 22? Rusty much? I was hoping in his time off he would have worked on his % a bit, but it still seems he's off. This team is going to regret not resigning Nate Robinson, who was able to come in and create his own shot.
Couldn't afford to
his cap hit is 2 mil for each of 2 years, they could have afforded it, Mike Dunleavy's cap hit is 3+mil.
A little dated but....
Bulls offense is crap, they need to work on that. Rose with the clutch shot though, best part was the look on Spike Lee's face when the Bulls went up by 1 with 5.7 sec left.
So wasn't Rose's idea that when he came back he was going to play like an all star? Yaaaaa how's that workin' out for him.
Rust. Will take a few games to shake off, but his game winner a few games ago shows he still has that all star in him.
You have got to be kidding me...
Derrick Rose hurts hamstring in win
CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose sustained a "minor" right hamstring injury during the fourth quarter of Monday night's 96-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Rose did not require an MRI on the hamstring Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the situation.
"It's just a minor sprain," Rose said after the game. "Nothing serious. Hopefully I'll be better in a couple of days, but it's nothing big at all."
Rose injured the hamstring on a drive to the rim, converting a layup with just less than four minutes to play. He doesn't remember exactly when the injury occurred but was pulled out of the game by Thibodeau and replaced by Kirk Hinrich. Rose went toward the end of the bench and was checked by assistant trainer Jeff Tanaka.
"I really don't know," Rose said of when exactly the injury occurred. "I remember coming down the court. Really didn't feel it until after I came down and went back to the bench and [the training staff] was asking me about it. Then coming back in, it was a play where somebody knocked the ball out of bounds or something like that, and they said I wasn't moving good enough to be out on the court so they came and subbed me out."
Rose, who missed the past year and a half while recovering from reconstructive left knee surgery, acknowledged that the hamstring injury was "irritating."
"It had to be on the drive, but stuff happens," Rose said. "I just got to play through it and get back healthy. I don't know if it was before [the drive] or after. I don't know if it was when I was running down the court or right when I took off. I really don't know; I was too caught up in the play."
Thibodeau was being cautious about Rose's status.
"It looks like a minor right hamstring," Thibodeau said. "We called the timeout just to get him out. He tweaked it. When he gets re-evaluated, we'll have more information. It appears to be minor."
Rose believes he will be able to play Friday night against the Toronto Raptors.
"I should be," he said. "It's nothing big at all. I'm still able to walk around, move around the way I want to. Just a little sore."
Rose said he knew right away it was a hamstring injury. He said this is the first time he has had a hamstring injury, but he noted during his rehab that he was having discomfort in his hamstrings last season. Rose has started stretching more during games than in years past.
"I think I've been in the training room long enough," Rose joked. "Around trainers long enough to really know everything about my body."
"I feel bad for him," Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. "He works his butt off every day. Whether it's rehab, lifting, shooting, whatever it is, you guys see him out there. He puts the time in, so I feel bad for him, but hopefully whatever he's got going on right now isn't that bad, we hope the severity of it isn't that bad."
Rose tried to put a positive spin on his recent injury as he got ready to leave the locker room.
"[I'm] just getting them all out of the way early," he said.