Breaking Down Current Two-Deep Depth Chart for the Chicago Bulls
With the Chicago Bulls' roster changes this summer, it's time to break down the team's depth chart for next season.
Who's projected to start and who's expected to come off the bench in the Windy City?
The depth chart will cover only two players at each position. So that eliminates guys like Nate Robinson, Vladimir Radmanovic and rookie Marquis Teague.
1. Derrick Rose
2. Kirk Hinrich
Rose is expected to miss the majority of the season after tearing his ACL in the playoffs.
When healthy, he’s easily one of the most exciting players in the entire NBA; there's no denying that.
Hopefully, after he returns to the hardwood, D-Rose can lead the Bulls to their first title since Michael and Scottie were around.
While Rose is out, Hinrich will take over the starting point guard job. This, of course, is his second stint in Chicago. “Captain Kirk” was drafted by the Bulls back in 2003 and played seven seasons with the team.
Hinrich was a fan favorite in Chicago during his first stint and it shouldn’t be any different during his second go-round.
1. Richard Hamilton
2. Marco Belinelli
When the Bulls signed Hamilton last offseason, they figured their shooting guard problem would be instantly solved.
Unfortunately, though, they were wrong.
Hamilton would miss 38 games due to injury in 2011-12 and averaged just 11.6 points per game, his lowest scoring average since his rookie year in 1999-00.
Next season, he’ll attempt to prove to Bulls management that they didn’t make a mistake by signing him.
Belinelli was a starter for the New Orleans Hornets last season, filling in for an injured Eric Gordon. And there’s a possibility that he winds up taking Hamilton’s starting spot at some point in 2012-13.
The Italian three-point specialist is expected to be one of the Bulls' top reserves.
1. Luol Deng
2. Jimmy Butler
In Derrick Rose's absence, there's no reason whey Deng shouldn't be "The Man" for the Bulls.
The Duke product was impressive last season, making his first trip to the All-Star game and earning a spot on the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team.
Deng—a standout defender—is truly one of the game's most underrated forwards.
Butler averaged 2.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a rookie for the Bulls last year.
The former Marquette University star is expected to play a much bigger role in 2012-13, serving as a defensive stopper off the bench.
1. Carlos Boozer
2. Taj Gibson
Boozer will be entering his third season as the Bulls' starting power forward.
He's not quite the star that he used to be during his Utah Jazz days, but he can still produce decent numbers.
Last season, the two-time All-Star averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Gibson—considered one of the league’s better reserves—could probably start for a few other teams. However, as long as Boozer is in Chicago, he’ll likely remain on the bench.
1. Joakim Noah
2. Nazr Mohammed
After leading the Florida Gators to back-to-back national championships, Noah has developed into a stellar role player for Chicago.
He's the ultimate hustle and energy guy as well as the Bulls' emotional leader.
An exceptional defender, Noah is capable of putting up a double-double on any given night.
2012-13 will be Mohammed's first season as a Bull. The Chicago native was bought in this offseason to replace Omer Asik, who's now a member of the Houston Rockets.
Mohammed should end up being a decent backup big man for the Bulls.