Some performance + stat predictions for Bulls players

Of course, I'm assuming a relatively healthy season for the crew.


Derrick Rose

23 PPG, 8.8 APG, 3.3 RPG in 36 min/g. (47% FG, 37% 3PT) ~80 GP

With some reliable outside shooting in Jimmy, Lu and Dunleavy , Rose will be able to cut down on his scoring, rack up more assists and improve his efficiency. With the offense being run through Noah and Kirk at times, Rose will be able to get a few more easy baskets playing off the ball and showcase his improved jumpshot. With great rebounders at the 2-5, expect him to do less board work and get back on defense rather quickly.

Joakim Noah

12 PPG, 11 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2 BPG in 35 MPG (53% FG%) ~76 GP

Noah will be asked to carry a lesser load offensively and will be the biggest beneficiary of Rose's drives, feasting on Derrick's shovel passes and offensive board opportunities from playing closer to the rim. Noah has worked with Kareem in the past, and Olajuwon this year, and his feel for the game is great for a big man. He'll still be asked to initiate some offense, and barring major injury, he should be an All star.

Luol Deng

14 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG in 38 MPG (45% FG, 36% 3PT) 75-80 GP

Deng is headed into a contract year, and is apparently in great shape. The Bulls as a whole will be scoring, rebounding and running the offense a lot more by committee next year, which should help his efficiency but bring down. With capable backups in Dunleavy and Jimmy, his minutes might go down a little bit here and there, but he should still be Thibodeau's favorite workhorse.

Jimmy Butler

12.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2 APG, 1.5 SPG in 35 MPG (49% FG, 38% 3PT) 80-82 GP

We know he can play D, but Jimmy is a tough one to predict offensively. He basically put up a 15/7/3 line as a starter in 43 min/g last year. He has shown that he can make threes, but at the same time it was for just over half of a season. With Rose back, he should have more and fewer opportunities at the same time... and if you're wondering, that's not a bad thing. With Derrick around, he can do what he does best: slashing off the ball, taking smaller guards into the post, draining open threes and attacking closeouts with his long, quick strides. If his work in ball handling pays off, that will be one more time that Jimmy smashes the ceiling people put on him, but I'll scale back on those expectations for now.

Carlos Boozer

14 PPG, 8.5 RPG (+ 3 "GRAB DAT JO" boards, so 11.5), 1.8 APG in 32 MPG (53% FG) 76+ GP

Booz has been an iron man over the last 2 years, and can hopefully keep that up. It's great to see Boozer continue to put in the work despite being a prime candidate to be amnestied after the season. The slimmer Booz should continue to be consistently inconsistent, have some Flooz-moments and sub-par defensively. However, it's hard to overlook how good he was in the midrange area the last time Rose played, and his efficiency, like Noah's, should skyrocket with Derrick in the fold.


Taj Gibson

8.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG in 27 MPG (49% FG) ~77 GP

There's not much to be said about Taj Gibson. He is one of the more valuable back ups around, and is a truly elite defender. It's not hard to see that a 15-17 foot jumper could help Taj's game a lot, but he never let that stop him from bricking/air-balling a few jumpers regularly. Even in his favorite baseline spots, he isn't a good shooter. As long as he remains healthy, and find the right balance between his underrated post game and midrange scoring, he should be valuable. Gibson was reportedly shooting 2000 jumpers a day early in the offseason before an ankle injury that forced him to cancel his visit to the Team USA mini-camp. Haven't heard a lot from him since.

Kirk Hinrich

4 PPG, 2 APG in 17 MPG (41% FG, 38% 3PT) ~70 GP

It's virtually impossible to imagine Hinrich playing 70+ games in a season, but I did it anyway. His workload should be significantly reduced, and he should see some shared time with Derrick on the court.

Mike Dunleavy Jr.

8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG in 21 MPG (46% FG, 43% 3PT) ~75 GP

I expect Dunleavy to get Korver-type minutes as the designated long range sniper, but his all round game, versatility and better defense compared to the likes of Marco/Kyle should win him more and more minutes over time. MDJ is a deadly outside shooter who should help open up the floor and will get many open looks courtesy of Mr.Rose.

Nazr Mohammad

2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.5 BPG in 10 MPG (40% FG) ~ 65 GP

Late last season, Nazr turned back the clock "like its 1999". He has been working to earn Thibodeau's trust, but you can't blame the old guy for not being quite what we would have liked as the backup big. (especially after having this the 2 years before Nazr). A fair expectation is just a little less terrible than last year.

Marquis Teague

3 PPG, 1.5 APG in 15 MPG (42% FG, 34% 3PT) ~65 GP

Teague will likely have a second season on the bench, but there is still the possible scenario of him wowing Thibs when he gets the opportunities and possibly moving ahead of/alongside Kirk as the backup PG. He played decent defense for a rookie last year, and his physical tools are special. Luckily for Teague, Kirk is made of a fragile mixture of glass and grit.

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