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Top 5 Starting 5’s Entering the 2014-15 Season


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#3 Chicago Bulls

PG – Derrick Rose
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Mike Dunleavy
PF – Pau Gasol
C – Joakim Noah

Chicago has perhaps the 2nd most potential offensive talent in the league. After drafting Doug McDermott, signing Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, and revitalizing their 2011 MVP Derrick Rose, there’s no doubt the Bulls are dangerous. With a starting lineup consisting of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah, Chicago will be a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball; but one can only wonder how injury free they can stay. Derrick Rose has only played 49 of the last 230 regular season games and Gasol as well as Noah have both been prone to injuries over full 82-game seasons. With Coach Tom Thibodeau, defense will be easier to play with Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Noah, but the offense is where we expect to see a major improvement. Although defensive stalwart Taj Gibson can replace either Gasol or Noah in the lineup, there’s always the possibility that they stay healthy, and if they do, they could have one of the league’s best records behind one of the best starting 5s.

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