Barring the addition of Tracy Mcgrady we can safely assume the Bulls 12 man rotation is more or less set. The Bulls have an opportunity to create a versatile rotation if they play it smart. Below is what I think the rotation and minute distribution should be for the 2012-2013 Bullls.
Shooting Guard: Rip Hamilton 22- Kirk Hinrich 12- Belinelli 12- Jimmy Butler 2
Small Forward: Luol Deng 33-Jimmy Butler 10-Hamilton/Belinelli 5
- Taj Gibson should play more. Last year Taj played only 20 minutes a game, but Taj took a leap offensively last year and is now arguably the Bulls 2nd best big man; his playing time should reflect that. I have Taj playing 10 minutes per game at center because,frankly, if Chris Bosh can do it, so can Taj Gibson
- Kirk Hinrich shouldn't play point guard.Hinrich is fine as a steady hand in Rose's absence, but when Rose comes back he shouldn't take away Nate Robinson's minutes. Robinson had an 18 PER last year and fairly consistently has a PER of 15 or above, he is simply to good to be the JL3 to Hinrich's CJ Watson. For the Bulls this allows them to let Hinrich be the SG defender the Bulls need since Brewer left. I don't think Hinrich or Butler are as good as Ronnie Brewer, but combined they can mitigate the loss of Brewer.
- Rose and Deng should play less. This is pretty obvious Deng is coming off the Olympics and Rose is coming off ACL surgery so playing them closer to 40 minutes than 30 shouldn't happen this year.
This is a rotation the Bulls can win with in the playoffs if Rose is able to make a complete recovery, which I of course think is at least a 50/50 proposition. I am not a fan of what the Bulls have done this year, but I am not as down on the replacement bench mob as some, especially if this is how they are used.