The Chicago Bulls entered the season with high expectations as true title contenders if they stayed healthy. That was the biggest question mark the Bulls faced this season with the rash of injuries they piled up last season. So far this season the injury bug as struck them again and put a big dent on their backcourt depth.
The Bulls’ starting backcourt of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler was supposed to be a huge strength for the team moving forward. Now that backcourt is decimated by injuries and for Rose, another season-ending knee injury. Butler is out for a few weeks with a sprained toe. With those two on the shelf this puts added pressure on the guys who come off the bench. So the question is, do the Bulls have enough depth in the backcourt?
When you lose quality play from the starting backcourt, the backups have to step up. Kirk Hinrich is a very solid veteran and professional who can lead this team to some wins. You just have to watch his minutes played because he can break down easily with his own injuries. The Bulls now have to heavily rely on second-year point guard Marquis Teague and rookie Tony Snell. They will get quality minutes and experience, but these guys might not be ready. The Bulls also can bring in another ball handler in Mike James who knows the system quite well. They can slide veteran shooter Mike Dunleavy Jr. in to help the depleted backcourt as well.
The Bulls faced this challenge last season, but the quality off the bench was much deeper. Those guys are long gone and now they have to deal with the players they have. Once Butler comes back from his injured toe it will help matters tremendously. The backcourt rotation will have to come together and provide quality play, which they will. It just won’t be enough without their superstar.