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Presenting your 2017-2018 Chicago Bulls

Get Pumped

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When your own broadcast partner has a promo like this, you know that the Bulls are prepared to tank away a season.

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With the regular season set to begin on Thursday, the Chicago Bulls had to pare down their roster to 15 players plus their two, two-way contracts. Since the promo didn’t introduce fans to the roster outside of Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen, we will go through the formality of doing that here.

Here’s how it all shakes out.

Starting Lineup:

(Point Guard) Jerian Grant:

Kris Dunn’s ghastly finger dislocation eliminated some of the drama surrounding who head coach Fred Hoiberg would give the starting point guard job to on opening night.

(Shooting Guard) Justin Holiday:

We live in a world where Justin Holiday may be the Chicago Bulls best player. Let that sink in for a second.

(Small Forward) Paul Zipser:

(Power Forward) Nikola Mirotic

New year, new contract, same erratic Niko. The difference is the lack of scorers or ball dominant players on the Bulls will empower Mirotic to put up more shots. If you are a fan of the Niko 30-foot heave, this season is must-watch television.

(Center) Robin Lopez

The center position was the only spot on the team that wasn’t an open competition this preseason. The perennially underrated Lopez will continue to play big minutes in the middle, hopefully padding his trade value for the February deadline.

Rotation Guys:

Hoiberg claims there will be a 10-man rotation, though that’s obviously subject to change:

Denzel Valentine

David Nwaba

The Bulls finally found a player who fits the “younger and more athletic” mold.

Cristiano Felicio

Our large adopted son is back for year three.

Lauri Markkanen

Dude is still trying to figure out what he got himself into.

Bobby Portis

Portis expanded his range out to the 3-point line, but his body of work during the preseason was somewhat disappointing considering how much coaches and teammates raved about how great of a summer he had.

Ryan Arcidiacono / Kay Felder (?)

It looked like Arcidiacono, who has one of the 2-way contracts, may get minutes as the backup point guard until Dunn returned from his injury. Then the Bulls signed Felder. At the beginning of the season, the Bulls may give both players opportunities (as opposed to sending Arcidiacono straight down to the G-League) until Dunn returns from his injury.

Injured Reserve:

Kris Dunn:

The Bulls point guard of the future suffered an open dislocation of his left index finger contesting a dunk during an Oct. 6 preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks. His timetable to return is 2-4 weeks.

Cameron Payne:

The Bulls other point guard of the future Cameron Payne is shelved for 3-4 months after undergoing foot surgery on Sept. 8.

Zach LaVine:

The ‘centerpiece’ of the Butler deal continues to recover from a torn ACL. But....

Quincy Pondexter:

He strained his hamstring and missed all of preseason. For the love of God, this guy needs to catch a break somewhere.

G-League (likely):

Antonio Blakeney (2-way contract)

He will be with the organization in some capacity this season. After starring for the team in Summer League, he had a somewhat disappointing preseason (4.2 points per game on 29.6 percent from the field), and won’t make the Bulls regular rotation barring an unforeseen circumstance.

Happy Trails:

Jaylen Johnson, Bronson Koenig, Diamond Stone, and Jarell Eddie have all been waived. If they don’t catch on with other teams they could also wind up with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.