Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is a very smart guy, and on top of that he is a workaholic. He is a defensive guru who won the Coach of the Year award in his first year in Chicago, leading the Bulls to the best record in the league.
Due to injuries last season to Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, the coach had to use a lot of different players and a lot of different combinations along his front line. Thankfully, he had a very deep bench and a lot of proven players to insert into the lineup.
Heading into next season, whenever that starts, he will have many of the same players and possibly some new additions. Gone, most likely, are Kurt Thomas, Rasual Butler and Brian Scalabrine. The only new addition to the mix that we currently know about is rookie Jimmy Butler. So that leaves Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik and Joakim Noah for the coach to use in whatever way he sees fit.
I actually had the chance to talk to the coach on Monday, and I ran this topic past him—and trust me, he has thought of all the ones I came up with and many more. But after going through all the possible combinations, I narrowed the list to the six most common combos we will see. With a few, I left open the possibility of players switching.
Did I miss one that you think coach Thibodeau will use often or that you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below after you take a look...