Taking a look at the Chicago Bulls’ roster, everything appears to be set. Save for a minor roster move or major trade, the Bulls will begin the season with the starting lineup most likely penciled in as well.
What is yet to be determined is their rotation and what certain players’ roles are going to be.
For instance, second-year swingman Jimmy Butler did not get as much playing time as we would have hoped for, but that is guaranteed to change. How much playing time Butler receives is uncertain. His role will take its shape depending on how he can adapt to the NBA game in his sophomore season.
He is not alone.
Actual playing time for many of the Bulls’ players is difficult to calculate for obvious reasons (the injury to Derrick Rose being one of them). But other reasons are not so obvious.
With the help of NBA 2K12, I have listed the projected playing time for each player on the roster, starting with the guys at the end of the bench. Instead of just calculating their minutes according to where the roster stands, I have factored in Rose as well.
It is not known when Rose will return, but that does not mean that he will not affect the playing time of other players.
I imagine the Bulls will have a nine-player rotation as they compete to win the Central Division for the third consecutive season. As I mentioned before, the starting five is basically penciled in. It is the bench rotation that is a work in progress.
Here is how things shape up.
Projected playing time with Rose in the lineup is in parentheses.