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Have the Bulls done enough to compensate for D-Rose's absence?
2011-12 W-L Record: 50-16
Position of Need: Point Guard and Shooting Guard
Key Injuries: Derrick Rose, torn ACL; Kirk Hinrich, strained groin
Entering the 2012-13 NBA season, the biggest question in Chicago was when Derrick Rose will be returning. As the regular season approaches, however, the true question is who will step up to temporarily fill his void.
Although no one individual can, a combination of players could solidify the Bulls' backcourt. Unfortunately, there is nothing but uncertainty at either guard position.
Bulls fans will jump to the defense of their current group of players. Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson are crafty veterans, while Marquis Teague has extreme upside at the point guard position.
Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton, meanwhile, are two sharpshooters who could be what the Bulls have long needed at the 2. The five players listed could also be acknowledged for what they are without a biased eye.
Robinson is just 5'9", while Hinrich has had injuries throughout his career and already fell victim to a strained right groin during the preseason (via ESPN Chicago). Teague, meanwhile, is a rookie, which suggests that trusting him based off draft position is irrational.
Belinelli, meanwhile, has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc but struggles from everywhere else on the floor. His career 42.4 percent shooting from the field is almost as concerning as Richard Hamilton's 116 missed games over the past four years.
With West having established himself as a reliable ball handler and playmaker, it would behoove the Bulls to take a chance on his abilities. If nothing else, they'll bring further depth to a backcourt that offers nothing short of uncertainty.