Chicago Bulls New Additions in the 2012-13 NBA Season
New Faces in Chicago
After earning the best record in the NBA for two consecutive seasons, the Chicago Bulls had huge roster overturn over the summer, losing many members that contributed to arguably the deepest bench in the league. With the loss of Ronnie Brewer, Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson and John Lucas III, the Bulls chemistry and depth will be tested as a new group of players look to continue the team’s success in the coming season.
The bench helped lead Chicago to 50 wins in the regular season, routinely outplaying the opponent’s reserves. Chicago’s bench accounted for nearly 30 points a game, while posting a 36.7 efficiency rating, 8 points higher than that of their opponents, according to hoopstats.com. Watson and Lucas in particular filled in admirably at point guard for Derrick Rose, who had an injury plagued 2011-12 campaign. New additions Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson will take over guard duties while Rose rehabs his knee, which he injured in the playoffs last season.
While many were sad to see the familiar faces heading to new locations, the new “Bench Mob” has talent, and could even surpass the achievements of their predecessors.
With the addition of several players, the Bulls will look to continue to outwork the league despite losing Rose for the majority of the season.
Under the coaching of Tom Thibodeau, the new faces in Chicago should be able to make up the production of last year, and should help the Bulls make the playoffs in 2013.
Click through to see the new players ready to contribute for the Bulls in the coming season:
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Kirk Hinrich isn’t really a newcomer, considering Bulls fans are well acquainted with the veteran guard out of Kansas. Drafted by the Bulls in the 2003 NBA Draft, Hinrich spent his first seven years in Chicago before unsuccessful stints in Washington and Atlanta. Hinrich will take on considerable minutes immediately, filling in for Rose at point guard while also spending some time at the 2.
2011-12 Statistics: 48 games, 25.8 MPG, 6.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.8 APG.
Nate Robinson is loud and outgoing, two traits that don’t usually land players on the Bulls radar. However, Robinson’s electric offense will prove vital to a team missing their top offensive option for most of the year. Despite being a volume shooter, Robinson also has surprisingly good assist marks and a low turnover ratio. Robinson should provide a spark for Chicago off the bench, and help the team offset the loss of Rose.
2011-12 Statistics: 51 games, 23.4 MPG, 11.2 PPG, 4.5 APG, 1.2 SPG
Marco Belinelli comes to Chicago from New Orleans, and looks to take over the shooting role lost with Kyle Korver heading to Atlanta. Belinelli is young and already has the endorsement of the former MVP, and could be one of the few newcomers figuring into the Bulls long term plans. Belinelli will split time with Rip Hamilton at the 2, and could be a starter by the end of the season depending on the health and performance of his veteran counterpart.
2011-12 Statistics: 66 games, 29.8 MPG, 11.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.6 3PTM
Vladimir Radmanovic is a sharpshooting stretch forward who will add to the three-point shooting off the bench in 2013. The 11-year veteran played limited minutes for Atlanta last season, and will spend time at both the 4 and 3 for the Bulls this season. Thibodeau has already talked about having a “big” lineup with Vlad-Rad at the 3 and Deng at the 2, which would be yet another innovation to help fuel an overachieving roster.
2011-12 Statistics: 49 games, 15.4 MPG, 4.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1 3PTM
Nazr Mohammed was part of a talented Oklahoma City Thunder squad that lost to the Miami Heat in the 2011-12 NBA Finals. A 14-year veteran, Mohammed played sparingly last season, and figures to do the same on a deep Bulls squad this year. Mohammed will look to provide some rest for the Bulls bigs and play a defensive role off the bench.
2011-12 Statistics: 63 games, 11 MPG, 2.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.7 BPG.