Bulls Putting Together Another Bench Mob

As the Chicago Bulls put the finishing touches on the 2014-2015 roster, one thing comes to mind-this is going to be a pretty deep team. Having a good, deep bench is essential in going far into the playoffs. Having a deep bench like this will bring back memories from the recent past- the Chicago Bulls Bench Mob.  

The last incarnation of the Bench Mob occurred in the 2010-2011 season. It was the offseason of LeBron James‘ Decision 1.0.

After James rejected the Chicago Bulls, they went out on a spending spree with the money they had designated for him. They ended up with a starting lineup of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer and Derrick Rose.

Coming off the bench were Taj Gibson, C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver, and Omer Asik.

In the 2011-2012 season, the Bulls added Jimmy Butler and moved Ronnie Brewer to the bench to make room for Richard Hamilton.

Fans grew to love the Bulls’ bench. Those guys played as hard as the starters, and at times it seemed as if the Bench Mob could take on some teams’ starting lineups.

Of course, because of the salary cap issues, the Bench Mob had to be broken up in the summer of 2012. Now, however, the next Bench Mob may be here.

With the free agent signings and draft choices the Bulls made, this team may be just as deep as the last one.

This season’s bench looks to consist of Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and, if reports are to be believed, Aaron Brooks.

This new Bench Mob gives coach Tom Thibodeau a depth that any coach would love. Going to training camp, the Bulls could go eleven or even twelve deep.

This new version may not be as purely talented as the previous one, but it does appear to consist of better shooters. McDermott, Snell and Mirotic can all hit long-range shots, and together with projected starter Mike Dunleavy Jr. can open things up for Rose, Brooks and Hinrich.

At this time, there appear to be two problems with this roster. First, the Bulls still need to find a backup for Joakim Noah. They need someone who can play some significant minutes to keep Noah’s health in check. Noah has been pretty banged up at playoff time over the past three years. Nazr Mohammed wants to come back for his third year in Chicago, but he just did not do enough to spell Noah.

Rookie Cameron Bairstow may come in and help in stretches, but the Bulls will need a veteran presence in the middle.

The second problem that may haunt the Bulls is that this roster, much like the rosters of the past three years, is devoid of a player who can create his own shot, other than Rose. They may depend on outside shooting to create lanes too much, which may hurt in the playoffs.

In the meantime, John Paxson and Gar Forman have provided Thibodeau with a very deep roster. Now it is up to Thibs to use the depth properly and have them fresh for the playoffs.

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