Chicago Bulls: Early Grades for Starting Lineup and Bench

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Chicago Bulls is 6-4 starting off this season coming off a hard fought win against the Miami Heat and easy one against the Wizards. The first 3 games looked like the Bulls were going to be a 2nd seed dominant team in the East. After the return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah the Bulls started a 2 game losing streak and started hearing a word they're familiar with from last season inconsistent.

The chemistry in the backcourt was not working with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler they couldn't play together. That's why with the veteran additions of Dwayne Wade & Rajon Rondo this team has great players that can drive the ball to the rim and get to the foul line.

Jimmy Butler B+

Jimmy Butler have been playing good basketball, but just a tad bit off from last season. Butler averaging 24.3 points with a 28.37 PER leading the whole team in scoring. Butler is still getting to the free throw line with no problems at all. It's Jimmy Butler' team now, and he should get the ball in his hands down to the wire. He made a clutch shot in Miami to put the game away.

Dwyane Wade C+

Dwayne Wade starting the season off better than last season on the 3Pt line shooting 35.3% after going just 15.9% last year. Wade averaging 17 points, an all-time low since 2003 season with the Heat (only 10 games through the season).

Rajon Rondo C-

Rajon Rondo hasn't been playing up to his full potential and having problems on defense, to be clearer he has problems on switch defense and Jimmy Butler came out to talk about it in an interview.

Rondo is having a mediocre year so far averaging 7.6 points, 5. 6 rebounds and 6.5 assists and shooting 34%. Rondo wasn't always known for his shooting, but with the coach he's playing for, he has to score a little bit more.

Rondo is -5 on assists, because when he was with the Kings he averaged 11 assists per game. Bulls need to start knocking down their shots and Rondo needs to put the Bulls players and better scoring opportunities.

Rajon Rondo has to execute better for this team. He's looking lost out there offensively but picked it up against the Heat a few nights ago.

Robin Lopez B-

Robin Lopez is a great addition to the Bulls because he's a good scorer for a center and an all-time big defensive player that's aggressive with the opponent. He's an upgrade for Noah.

Lopez can stay healthy to teams like that in his presence. Lastly, he fights for rebounds and put in full effort into it. Lopez made his presence felt in Chicago already with looking at the stats Bulls are 3rd in rebounds with the help of Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis.

Taj Gibson A-

Taj Gibson is having a good year this year to starting off 12 points shooting 52.4% and 8 rebounds per game. These stats shows you that Gibson been working in the offseason on that jump shot, he elevated that in his game since he came in the league.

Gibson finally earned that starting spot as PF. He's playing with a chip on his shoulder this year.

Bench B-

Chicago Bulls have to improve their bench, but with these two players averaging more than 10+ points and those two players are #3 and #4 players on the team.

Doug McDermott could make a strong case for the sixth man of the year, with 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Mirotic can be inconsistent, but when he shoots well he will light you up and could have a 30 point game as we seen last year. He has to be one of those players that the Bulls can trust. So far he has 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, but we all expect a little bit more from him.

Fred Hoiberg needs to find minutes for Bobby Portis who shined in the summer League, shooting 60% from the field and showed last year that he can ball.

He's a big impact energy player on the bench that every team will love to have. Hoiberg not using Bobby Portis effectively on the Bulls. Bobby Portis only average 3.6 shot attempts per game.

He has only 10.1 minutes per game and that is not enough for him to have a better than game than he has so far.

The Conclusion

In the first 10 games, Chicago Bulls have 6-4 and they have a very interesting starting lineup, but they are far from the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.

Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo are great players and Wade' playoffs experience will be a very valuable and probably enough for the 1st Round, but for something more... probably not.

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