The Chicago Bulls are sitting pretty at 18-6 and have one of the deepest teams in the NBA. With Derrick Rose at the helm, there is a constant buzz of dynasty resurrection hopes churning around the Windy City.
With the starters closing games and the Bench Mob sustaining games, a championship continues to look more possible.
Ahead is a ranking of the Bulls roster, as well as a rating (1-10, 10 being the highest) based on their contribution to the team thus far.
Stats: 2.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 81 percent FG, 6.4 MPG
Against Atlanta, Butler played his best game as a pro. He shot 100 percent, scoring 12 points and grabbing three rebounds in 12 minutes. Tom Thibodeau has been introducing Butler in little spurts, acclimating him to the fast-paced NBA.
Butler is a good outside shooter, an energetic defender and can finish strong at the rim.
Stats: 1.4 PPG, .9 RPG, .9 APG, 50 percent FG, 5.8 MPG
By the fans, Brian "The White Mamba" Scalabrine is treated somewhat like a mascot. However, Scalabrine is a playoff-tested veteran and brings valuable experience to this young Bulls team.
Stats: 6.4 PPG, 1.7 APG, 1.5 RPG, 38 percent FG, 13.3 MPG
John Lucas III is the kind of player who is always in need of a job. He hit the jackpot, earning a spot on a title-contending team and has proven he can be solid reserve.
With C.J. Watson out with injury, Lucas saw some more minutes and has been a decent three-point shooter this year.
Stats: 7.0 PPG, 1.4 APG, 2.5 RPG, 42 percent FG, 22.1 MPG
Korver has one job on the Chicago Bulls: make open shots. He has done an OK job of that so far. Korver is a streaky shooter who needs to get hot to get going.
His value is highest when he's moving without the ball, and hitting open three-point shots. From behind the arc, Korver is 38-of-89 (42 percent).
Stats: 9.9 PPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 RPG, .9 SPG, 40 percent FG, 19.2 MPG
Watson has the difficult job of backing up Derrick Rose, but he has blossomed under pressure. He's aggressive, a good defender and has shot well from behind the arc (17-of-37, 46 percent).
Against the Philadelphia 76ers, Watson scored a team-high 20 points and went 4-of-7 from three-point land.
Stats: 3.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 53 percent FG, 16.1 MPG
With injuries to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Asik has played decent minutes so far. Although his offensive game needs work, Asik is continuing to make a case that he's the best interior defender on the team.
Against the Charlotte Bobcats, Asik snagged a season-high 15 rebounds. The seven-footer has a high ceiling and with Joakim Noah, the Bulls might be the deepest team at the center position.
Stats: 7.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 50 percent FG, 19.4 MPG
Gibson could become a double-double machine in the NBA once he gets the minutes. He's a great backup to Carlos Boozer—a versatile defender who's just as good on the perimeter as he is defending the paint and arguably the Bulls' most valuable reserve.
Stacey King calls him a "hard-hat, lunch-pail" kind of player because of his effort.
Stats: 14.9 PPG, 8.6 RPG, .6 BPG, 1.5 APG, 51 percent FG, 30.6 MPG
Although his game lacks defensive effort, Boozer is the Bulls' only real low-post scorer. His high-arching fadeaway is one of the best in the NBA.
Boozer is a major part of the Bulls offense and that's why he's high on this list, but his lack of defense continues to be a problem going further.
Stats: 7.8 PPG, 2.2 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 41 percent FG, 27 MPG.
With injuries to Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton, Brewer has shown up and been aggressive. He is cutting to the lanes, playing hard defense and shooting well from outside.
He had a career game in a loss to the Indiana Pacers, with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Stats: 8.3 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 46 percent FG, 28.5 MPG.
Noah has eight double-doubles so far and surely the best big man the Bulls have on their roster. He's becoming more consistent with his offense and is fouling less than last year.
Stats: 14.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, 2.9 RPG, 45 percent FG, 31 MPG
Hamilton is taking pressure of Derrick Rose, creating floor space and demanding extra attention. He brings playoff experience, decent defense and he can run the fast break with Rose.
Hamilton, if healthy, could provide the right ingredient for a title run this year.
Stats: 15.9 PPG, 2.6 APG, 7.5 RPG, .8 BPG, 1.2 SPG
Get healthy, Deng. Please.
The Bulls need Deng back and healthy like a shipwreck survivor needs water. Tom Thibodeau calls him the "glue" of the team. He does it all: scoring, playing All-Star defense and facilitating.
He's easily the most valuable player the Bulls have, except for the player in the next slide.
Stats: 23.1 PPG, 7.7 APG, .9 SPG, 3.3 RPG, 45 percent FG, 37.3 MPG
Rose is playing similar to last season, but has become more of a facilitator this year. His presence on this Bulls team has shoved the Bulls to the forefront of the NBA.
Rose is now the pride of Chicago—a huge responsibility, but it doesn't seem to faze him. He's simply the kind of player who doesn't come around very often.
This kind of player has legendary potential.