Chicago Bulls: Summer League Surprises That Will Earn a Spot on Roster
It's been a pretty quiet off-season for the Bulls, whose biggest moves were to jettison C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver while signing old fan-favorite Kirk Hinrich to a team-friendly contract.
So, will some of Chicago's summer league stars, including Marquis Teague, Jimmy Butler, former Illinois star Demetri McCamey and former NBA champion Leon Powe make an impact on the team's roster this year?
Marquis Teague, Point Guard
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Teague, the Bulls' top draft pick this June, is almost certain to breeze through the summer league and onto the regular season roster.
With Derrick Rose injured, the Bulls will be desperate for a young, dynamic point guard behind Kirk Hinrich and Teague has a good chance to fill that role.
He is a lottery-type talent who the Bulls stole at No. 29 because he left school a year too early and, if he stars in summer league, could end up being Chicago's starting point guard in 2012.
Demetri McCamey, Shooting Guard
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McCamey, a well-loved star at the University of Illinois, will get a shot to play hometown hero and earn a roster spot on the Bulls for next season.
He is a very talented combo guard who is an underrated passer, knows how to drive to the basket, and has a decent mid-range game. McCamey is defined by his aggressiveness, but needs to refine his shooting touch while cutting down on mistakes.
Chicago needs dynamic scorers in its backcourt so McCamey will have a real shot at making the team.
Jimmy Butler, Swingman
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The Bulls are counting on Butler, their 2011 first round pick, to play a big role this season. He barely played last year as he learned the ropes, but Butler has a good mid-range shot, can slash to the rim and play tough defense.
He should stand out against summer league competition.
Chicago is counting on him to fill the departed Ronnie Brewer's role as defensive stopper off the bench for 20 minutes per game at both shooting guard and small forward.
If he can provide enough offense to play more shooting guard and cover for Rip Hamilton when he gets injured, then Chicago will give him an opportunity to earn a starting role.
Leon Powe, Power Forward
Powe is the Bulls' secret flier this off-season.
A former fan favorite in Boston, where he won the 2008 NBA Title, Powe was known for his tough defense and strong post game before suffering debilitating injuries.
If he can prove he is healthy and returned to form, he will be a huge bonus to the Bulls' strong front-court rotation.