Chicago Bulls: This is the perfect lineup for 2020-2021 season

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Chicago Bulls, Otto Porter Jr.
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Starter: Otto Porter Jr.

Because he’s earning $28 million this season in the last year of his deal, Porter is the obvious starter. If healthy, he’s also honestly the best player at the position — but he might not be for long.

Porter’s health has been a concern since coming to Chicago via trade two seasons ago, but if he can stay on the court, he’ll give the Bulls those random 30-point nights here and there while actually playing some pretty overlooked defense. He won’t shut down the opposing team’s best player, but Porter plays them tough. He always will.

Next Man Up: Patrick Williams

Forget the fact that the Bulls brought back Denzel Valentine and that Chandler Hutchison is a former first-round pick. The best player when it comes to subbing for Porter is the rookie, period. In just a short amount of time in the preseason, he’s looked the part.

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The Bulls aren’t going to be competing for a title this year, but Williams might end up being the best all-around wing they have, even coming off the bench. He needs to see the court, no questions asked.

Williams should handle a good 15-20 minutes per game as a rookie. He’s going to be ready defensively and as a rim protector. He has to play.