Early Predictions for Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup

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Early Predictions for Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup

The Chicago Bulls have more or less finished building their roster this summer, and there have been some changes that will alter the starting lineup.

Most notably is the change at the power forward position. Coming off his worst season ever, the often-criticized Carlos Boozer was amnestied, and his monster $16.8 million cap hit came off the books.

Taj Gibson was primed to be the heir apparent to the 4-spot. However, Chicago signed two new power forwards this offseason.

The Bulls inked Pau Gasol to a three-year, $22.3 million deal after they struck out on Carmelo Anthony. As a result, it allowed them to not only sign Gasol but bring over Real Madrid star Nikola Mirotic as well, who they drafted back in 2011. Mirotic won't start, but the Gibson-Gasol battle will be the biggest story once training camps begin.

Well, maybe the second-biggest story. It will all be about The Return Part Deux.

Derrick Rose missed most of last season after tearing his meniscus 10 games into the 2013-14 campaign. His performance—and health—will surely determine whether the Bulls are title contenders or if they'll suffer another exit in the early rounds of the playoffs.

The small forward spot is (kind of) up in the air as well. Mike Dunleavy is expected to remain the starter like he was last year following the Luol Deng trade, but Tony Snell could make a case to be the starting 2-guard, which would consequently slide Jimmy Butler to the 3.

That being said, let's take a look at the Bulls' projected starting lineup, beginning with point guard and moving up from there.

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