With Summer League over and training camp right around the corner there is a slightly better idea of who will be in the starting lineup once the first game rolls around for the Bulls. With major moves in the offseason the starting five this year will look a lot different. Below are my projections for who will be starting at each position.
Point Guard: Kris Dunn
After the blockbuster trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota the Bulls got back someone who they think can lead them at the PG Position. After the little time on the Cameron Payne project, that seems to be shelved for now, it will be Dunn’s position to lose come camp. He may not have had stellar stats last season, but he is young so it could turn out well for the Bulls.
Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade
The only Veteran on the team, Wade not log a ton of minutes as a starter but he is the one who has the experience to lead the young core when they are on the court. Denzel Valentine may get his shot to overtake Wade during camp or during the season, but heading into the season it is Wade’s job.
Small Forward: Justin Holiday
The Bulls lack a true Small Forward on the roster and will look to either run more of a three guard set with another Shooting Guard to lean toward more of an up tempo, high powered offense. This is another position that Valentine may be fighting for during camp and the season, but with the lack of effort they put into molding him last year it is hard to see him start the season on the starting five.
Power Forward: Lauri Markkanen
The Bulls went all in for Markkanen in the draft when they traded Butler to get the 7th overall pick in this years draft. With Nikola Mirotic still up in the air look for Lauri to slide into a starting roll and try to spark the young team early in the season.
Center: Robin Lopez
The other Veteran on the team should get some quality time with the young studs. As the only true Center on the roster it will be hard to see Cristiano Felicio overtake him for a position he will most likely be baking up. Unless Lopez has an injury or just an abysmal camp, look for him to be down low for the Bulls this season.
It is not a a Championship roster compared to others in this eras NBA, but it is one that has potential to grow over the season with key development with young players getting quality minutes.