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Predicting the Chicago Bulls' Final 12-Man Roster

Mike B.Correspondent IDecember 20, 2016

Predicting the Chicago Bulls' Final 12-Man Roster

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    With NBA basketball just a few months away, let's look at the Chicago Bulls' 2012-13 roster.

    Key players such as Omer Asik, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson are gone; however, the likes of Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are still around.

    This slideshow will cover the Bulls’ 12-man roster for next season. With that said, Vladimir Radmanovic just missed the cut. Sorry to disappoint all of you “Vlad Rad” fans out there.  

    Anyway, let's begin.

Marquis Teague

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    Teague is the lone rookie on the Bulls' 12-man roster.

    Two months after helping the Kentucky Wildcats win a national championship, the Indianapolis native was selected by Chicago with the 29th overall pick in this year's draft.

    Teague isn't expected to see major minutes during his first year as a pro, but you never know—he could end up having a major impact.

Nazr Mohammed

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    When the Bulls lost reserve big man Omer Asik to Houston this summer, the team went out and signed Mohammed as a replacement.

    The 34-year-old Mohammed is much older than Asik (26), but that doesn't mean he can't perform decently while backing up Joakim Noah at center. 

    Mohammed averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in limited minutes for Oklahoma City last season.

Jimmy Butler

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    The Bulls made Butler the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

    Buried on the bench as a rookie in Chicago, Butler averaged only eight minutes per contest. Next season should be much better for him, as he's expected to be one of the team's most important reserves.

    Butler was phenomenal in this year's Summer League, putting up 20 points, six boards and two assists a game.

Nate Robinson

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    The Bulls were set to head into the 2012-13 season with a point guard duo of Kirk Hinrich and rookie Marquis Teague.  

    But that was until the team picked up the high-flying Nate Robinson.

    The 5'9" former University of Washington star is a three-time NBA slam dunk champion.

    He can instantly be considered a fan favorite in Chicago, as he provides scoring and energy off the bench.

Marco Belinelli

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    The Bulls have a history of employing three-point specialists.

    Over the past 20 years or so, we've seen long-range bombers like Craig Hodges, John Paxson, B.J. Armstrong and Steve Kerr suit up in red, black and white.

    And now there's Marco Belinelli.

    Belinelli is expected to be one of the top scorers off the bench for the new-look Bulls next season.

    Last year in New Orleans, the 6'5" guard averaged a career-high 11.6 points per game.

Kirk Hinrich

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    Captain Kirk is back, folks.

    Hinrich spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Bulls before spending a little time with both the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks.

    The 2003 lottery pick will sport a Bulls uniform next season, starting at the point while MVP Derrick Rose is out due to injury.

    Let's see if Hinrich's strong defense and leadership can help the squad make some noise in the Eastern Conference.    

Richard Hamilton

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    Hamilton will more than likely begin the season starting at shooting guard.

    Last season—Hamilton's first in the Windy City—was extremely disappointing, as he missed 38 games due to injury and averaged just 11.6 points per game.   

    Let's hope he can stay healthy in 2012-13 and help the Bulls grab a spot in the playoffs.

    Although his all-star days are long gone, Hamilton can still be a solid contributor in Chicago.

Taj Gibson

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    Bulls management sadly dismantled the "Bench Mob" this summer. Good thing they didn't get rid of Taj Gibson, though.

    Selected by Chicago late in the first round of the 2009 draft, Gibson has been a valuable role player for the Bulls in each of his three professional seasons.

    He will remain the team's sixth man, a role in which he has played admirably the past couple of years.    

Carlos Boozer

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    Boozer will start at the power forward spot for the third consecutive year.

    2012-13 might end up being his final campaign in a Bulls jersey, as there's a possibility the team could use the amnesty clause on him next summer.

    Can Boozer step up and become the Bulls' top scoring option in Derrick Rose's absence? 

    He possesses the ability to put up 20 points and 10 boards a night. It's just a matter of going out and doing it.

Joakim Noah

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    Noah will be entering his sixth season as a Bull. 

    Drafting the University of Florida product back in 2007 was one of the best moves the Bulls have made over the last decade.

    Noah is the type of player that any team would love to have on their roster. He can score a little, rebound, block shots and loves to hustle.

    This guy is bound to make an All-Star team in the near future.

Luol Deng

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    Deng is the longest-tenured Bull, as he's been a part of the franchise now for eight years.   

    The former Duke Blue Devil is undeniably the Bulls' best player not named Derrick Rose, and he sure knows how to play lockdown defense.

    Deng was an All-Star for the first time last season. Don't be surprised to see him receive that honor for the second consecutive year.  

Derrick Rose

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    You can't mention the Chicago Bulls without talking about Derrick Rose. That would just be wrong.

    D-Rose is the face of the franchise and clearly one of the most exciting players the NBA has to offer.

    It's a downright shame that he'll miss the majority of the season after suffering a torn ACL this past April.

    If the Bulls can find a way to reach the playoffs, maybe Rose can help the team make a deep postseason run once he gets off the injured list.  

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