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5 Chicago Bulls Players to Watch During 2014-15 NBA Season

Chicago Bulls: 5 Players to Watch During 2014-15 NBA Season

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The Chicago Bulls will have their deepest roster of the Tom Thibodeau era in the 2014-15 NBA season, which should prove to be a major boon for a team that has made debilitating, roster-shaking injuries into a yearly tradition. Here's a look at 5 players you should pay particularly close attention to this coming season.

5. Nikola Mirotic

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5. Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic Chicago Bulls
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It's not going to be very easy for Nikola Mirotic to get onto the court next season; there are only 96 big-men minutes to go around, and one has to think that the trio of Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol will eat up at least 80 of them. Mirotic won't get a ton of opportunities to show his stuff, but his perimeter shooting could be very useful for a Bulls team that hasn't ever had a stretch four under Thibodeau.

4. Tony Snell

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4. Tony Snell

Tony Snell Chicago Bulls
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While basketball fans and pundits are seemingly contractually obligated to point out that "it's just Summer League," Tony Snell looked fantastic in Las Vegas. His shooting appeared much improved and so did his handle; he's clearly the best ball handler on the Bulls' roster who isn't a point guard. Snell could get significant minutes at the two if he can translate the skills he showed off in Vegas to the NBA level.

3. Doug McDermott

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3. Doug McDermott

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Whispers about leaky defense will follow Doug McDermott around even when he plays well, but don't expect Thibodeau to buy into them; the Bulls' coach seems intent on giving McDermott a nice chunk of minutes next season. The sweet-shooting Creighton star will play a role similar to what Kyle Korver provided in the Windy City several years ago. Chicago fans have missed having that kind of shooting ability around.

2. Pau Gasol

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2. Pau Gasol

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Pau Gasol is still an elite pick-and-roll player and should be a great fit with Derrick Rose. He's not a natural power forward, but that's where he'll spend the majority of his minutes. It will be interesting to see what relationship he develops with Mirotic, who the Chicago media has essentially already labeled as Gasol's understudy.

1. Derrick Rose

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1. Derrick Rose

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Rose means everything to the Bulls, and all eyes will be on him — and those wonky knees — next season. If Rose can get back to a level resembling his 2010-11 form, the Bulls are a serious championship contender. If not, they will ultimately go down as regular season overachievers and playoff pretenders for the third year in a row.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.