How Tom Thibodeau Should Utilize Each Chicago Bulls Offseason Addition
Next season, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau can find a way to use each and every one of the team's offseason additions.
Thibodeau—one of the NBA's best coaches—is known for preaching hard-nosed defense, no doubt about it. While not all of the Bulls' newcomers can manage to play shut-down D, Thibs has the ability to bring out the best in each player.
So far this offseason, the Bulls have added six players to their roster: Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Nate Robinson, Marquis Teague, Vladimir Radmonovic and Nazr Mohammed.
This slideshow will explain how Thibodeau can utilize Chicago's new additions in 2012-13.
Thibodeau is probably ecstatic that the Bulls went out and picked up Hinrich.
Why? Simply because he possesses a passion for playing defense, which is the part of the game that Thibs loves the most.
Thibodeau would be wise to use Hinrich as the Bulls' starting point guard while Derrick Rose is on the injury list (torn ACL).
Can Hinrich—now in his second tour of duty with the Bulls—help keep the team relevant while D-Rose is out?
Belinelli isn't quite the shooting guard pickup that most Bulls fans were hoping for.
Nope, he isn't Eric Gordon, O.J. Mayo or Nick Young, but Belinelli could absolutely prove to be a productive player in the Windy City next season.
Thibodeau could use him as both a three-point specialist and a scorer off the bench, backing up starter Rip Hamilton. Last season down in New Orleans, Belinelli knocked down 107 treys (tied for 16th-best in the league) and averaged a career-high 11.8 points per game.
A three-time slam dunk champ, Robinson has been a fan favorite throughout his career, no matter which NBA city he has called home.
The 5'9" high-flyer is now the newest member of the Bulls' "Bench Mob 2.0."
Thibodeau should utilize Robinson as the first point guard off the bench. "KryptoNate" can certainly provide the second unit with scoring and often pump up fans at the United Center.
The exciting Robinson averaged 11.2 points per game last season in Golden State, appearing in 51 contests.
The Bulls signed Mohammed to replace reserve big man Omer Asik, who took his talents to Houston.
Although Mohammed doesn't put up eye-popping numbers (averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season for Oklahoma City), he can still serve as a decent role player.
Thibodeau can use Mohammed as a back-up center next season for the Bulls. The Chicago native's role will be to protect the paint while starting center Joakim Noah is taking a breather.
Back in the 90s, the Bulls had Rodman, and now in 2012, they have Rad Man.
Okay, okay, that's not really funny.
On a more serious note, Thibodeau should utilize Radmanovic as the third big man off the bench.
The 6'10" forward can't shoot the ball as well as Kyle Korver—whom the Bulls dealt to Atlanta this summer—but he is a threat from downtown.
After helping Kentucky win a national championship, Teague was drafted by the Bulls 29th overall in this year's draft.
Thibodeau needs to use the lightning-quick Teague as the third point guard on the depth chart behind Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson while Derrick Rose is inactive.
Teague, younger brother of the Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague, isn't expected to contribute much as a rookie, but he could develop into a full-time starter down the road.