Which Current Shooting Guard Is the Odd Man Out for Chicago Bulls Post-Lockout?

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIOctober 28, 2011

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Last season the Chicago Bulls used three players primarily at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose. Coach Thibodeau started Keith Bogans for every game while Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver split time backing him up.

Whenever the lockout ends, general manager Gar Foreman is expected to try and sign or trade for a guard the likes of Rip Hamilton, OJ Mayo or Nick Young. That will mean one of those three who were used last season might be the odd man out in next season's rotation.

So who will it be?

Kyle Korver's spot is locked up unless Steve Kerr or John Paxson come out of retirement. Korver is the sharp shooter for this team, but no matter who is signed there is no such thing as having too many guys who can shoot from the outside. Even though he isn't the greatest defender, he at least gives effort. Korver's ability to play either shooting guard or small forward also makes him pretty valuable.

Keith Bogans, contrary to most fans' beliefs, does still have a role with this team. I'm pretty sure we won't see him starting games next season, but his minutes might not change. Bogans may have been the starter but he didn't play starting minutes and the whole season he never complained.

It is possible that Bogans could play a role similar to Scott Burrell's with the 97-98 team. He may be the one person all the fans want off the team, but I have serious doubts that he will be the odd man out whenever the season tips off.

The odd man out when the season tips off might be the most talented of the group. If a legit starting shooting guard is added, it might be Ronnie Brewer who ends up being the odd man out. Brewer plays good defense and is a slasher, but I'm not sure he will be happy in a possibly more limited role. If not for a injury last preseason, many expected Brewer to be the starter instead of Bogans, so him possibly being the odd man out is a big switch in just over a year.

With the drafting of Jimmy Butler and the possible addition of a shooting guard, Brewer's minutes could possibly dry up. Brewer was very valuable last season, backing up at both the shooting guard and small forward. But how many guys can really see minutes at those spots with Deng playing 35-plus minutes a night and the new starting guard playing 30-plus minutes.

It is also possible that if a trade is made that Brewer could be on his way out of town as Gar Foreman tries to upgrade the shooting guard spot.

However, if no addition is made I would fully expect Brewer to be starting next to Derrick Rose when the season starts. It could really be an interesting shake up for Brewer one way or another whenever this lockout ends.