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1. Taj Gibson (No. 82)
Taj Gibson is a fan-favorite of Bulls fans and rightfully so.
He brings athleticism and energy on the defensive end, and his prowess around the rim and improved mid-range jump shot have given the Bulls production on offense.
No. 82 is a fair ranking when you look at his statistics last season, but his numbers would drastically increase if he didn't have to battle Boozer for minutes. Entering this year, all indications are pointing towards Gibson receiving more minutes and potentially even playing some center.
Therefore, he is currently undervalued because his versatility has yet to be fully unleashed.
Once he begins to see steady playing time, expect him to climb up the ranking board.
2. Richard Hamilton (No. 187)
Rip Hamilton's first season in Chicago wasn't what everyone was hoping for. It was injury-riddled, and the Bulls were never really able to gel with him.
Despite this, it is senseless to list Hamilton at No. 187.
He is a championship-caliber veteran who has had a great deal of success in the league. He is aging but he did still have quality games last season when healthy.
If he stays healthy, he's far more valuable than No. 187.
I mean, can you really argue that guys like Carlos Delfino (No. 175), Steve Novak (No. 176) and a washed-up Richard Jefferson (No. 181) are more valuable than Rip?
3. Kirk Hinrich (No. 188)
Captain Kirk will be an integral part of the Bulls' core this upcoming year. With Rose sidelined until likely March, Hinrich will carry the load in the backcourt, and he's more than capable of playing efficient basketball.
He has always been a pesky defender and, while he's not flashy on the offensive end, his intellect helps him remain productive.
He doesn't deserve to be too much higher on the rankings list, but is a young, inconsistent point guard like Brandon Knight (No. 177) really a better backcourt player than Hinrich?
4. Nate Robinson (No. 276)
Nate Robinson's No. 276 ranking is one of the most baffling among the Bulls players.
While Robinson has had his ups and downs in the league, he did have an effective year with the Golden State Warriors last season and has always revealed ability to score in bunches.
Last season, Robinson averaged 11.5 points per game and 4.5 assists per outing. Point guard Steve Blake netted 5.2 PPG and 3.3 APG for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Yet Blake notched a No. 239 ranking.
This doesn't make sense, nor does the fact that guys like Will Bynum (No. 244), Daniel Gibson (No. 255) and Norris Cole (No. 256) are ranked ahead of Robinson.
Expect Nate-Rob to make a statement this season, especially in the season's early stages while Rose remains out. Robinson will likely carry the offensive load at times, and he gives the Bulls a potent weapon who can light up the scoreboard.
5. Jimmy Butler (No. 371)
Jimmy Butler's low ranking is perhaps the most baffling of any Bull on #NBArank.
As a rookie last season, Butler by no means lit up the score sheet, but he did reveal his potential and specifically showed his agility on the defensive end.
Butler should consistently find himself in the rotation this upcoming season and should become a worthwhile contributor, but his No. 371 ranking sure doesn't seem to forecast this.
Expect Butler to emphatically prove this ranking wrong.
The truth is that Butler is a very similar player to former Bull Ronnie Brewer (who is ranked No. 167), but I would argue Butler has a much greater ceiling than Brewer.
Come a year from now, don't be surprised if Butler has climbed up the #NBArank over 200 spots.
His value will be seen in 2012-13. You can count on it.