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Starter: Carlos Boozer
Chances are Carlos Boozer won't be on the roster much longer with a possible trade or amnesty coming, but until then, it's hard to justify leaving a player making $16.8 million on the bench.
Boozer had his worst year as a Bull, averaging under 14 points per game on 46 percent shooting. All season long, he failed to find the mark on his mid-range shot—the thing that sets him apart from other power fowards—and played some underwhelming help defense along the way.
But despite his mediocre year, Boozer still possesses above-average offensive skills.
He's vastly more developed as a post player than Gibson is, evident by his wide array of moves that get him to the basket. And the threat of him stepping back into the 16-18 foot range is still there. The spacing just wasn't good this past season.
Boozer would presumably start over Gibson, albeit in a limited role similar to last season.
Backup: Taj Gibson
It was reported last month that Bulls coaches told Gibson to prepare to start next season, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Gibson quickly shot that down via Twitter, saying he was never told anything.
It's yet another reason I've left Gibson as the sixth man, a role he filled exceptionally well, finishing second in the award race behind Jamal Crawford, per NBA.com.
Gibson not only brings in scoring off the bench—he led the Bulls in total points—but his strong defense and incomparable energy on the boards are strong assets as well.
Offensively, though, Gibson is still limited.
Gibson has one go-to move in the post and struggles with double-teams. It's safe to say he'll improve his post game, as he did last summer, but if it will be enough to declare it significantly better than Boozer's is the main question.
Until Chicago decides what it will do with Boozer, Gibson will stay on the bench while playing starter minutes.
Depth: Cameron Bairstow
Chicago selected New Mexico senior Cameron Bairstow in the second round, a teammate of Tony Snell.
Bairstow burst onto the scene as a senior, becoming the Lobos' primary scoring option, averaging 20 points per game to go with seven boards. He can score from mid-range as well as use a variety of post moves.
The 23-year-old could compete for a roster spot, especially if Boozer is amnestied. At 6'9" and 250 pounds, Bairstow has great size for a power forward and his hustle on the glass and as a defender could make him a rotation player in the future if Chicago keeps him around.
Chances are Bairstow rides the bench unless there are major roster changes.