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Even with some free-agent losses this offseason, Chicago comes into the season with a very respectable bench that will make key contributions over the year.
The losses of Omer Asik (to Houston), Ronnie Brewer (to New York) and Kyle Korver (to Atlanta) won’t help the Bulls, but the new additions can improve the squad's depth beyond last year's.
Nate Robinson will provide a bench-scoring punch the team has lacked in the past. He scored 11.2 points in 23.4 minutes a contest last season for Golden State, and he had a 24-point, 13-assist outing against Milwaukee in the preseason.
Marco Belinelli adds another scoring talent and a solid shooting replacement for Korver. Belinelli scored 11.8 points per game last year with New Orleans and shot 37.7 percent from downtown.
Rookie Jimmy Butler might be posed for a breakout season. He struggled in preseason getting 5.4 points a contest on 33.3 percent shooting, but expect a climb in efficiency as the season goes on. He averaged 20.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in the summer league, so the talent is there.
Finally, there is Taj Gibson, who should again contend for the Sixth Man of the Year award. He’d start for many teams in the league and is the best post defender the Bulls have. He averaged 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a contest last season.
Chicago’s bench could still use another backup big man (Nazr Mohammed is a smart veteran, but at 35 years old he may not have much to contribute anymore), but even so it's deeper than it gets credit for.