NBA season preview: 5 big questions for the Chicago Bulls

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2. Exactly how deep are the Chicago Bulls?

While Ball and DeRozan were the biggest moves the Bulls made this offseason, they shored up the bench by bringing in Alex Caruso, who proved to be a key role player for the Lakers during their 2020 title tun. They also added Derrick Jones, Jr., who brings energy to the second unit, while also challenging LaVine for the title of Best Dunker On The Team. There’s also Troy Brown, who has shown flashes with the Bulls and Wizards but never quite put it together. Finally, Coby White was considered to be one of the bigger losers of free agency, with the Bulls bringing in two players who play the same position as him (Ball and Caruso), despite averaging 15 points a game in his second year.

It’s hard to say exactly how deep the Bulls are, because a lot of these players could go either way. White could thrive coming off the bench, or he could struggle to accept a smaller role and stagnate. Likewise, Caruso’s clutch defense made him an attractive option, but his Offensive Box Plus-Minus has been negative in all four of his NBA seasons, and he could prove to be a drag on the offense. The Bulls have a clear top four in LaVine, DeRozan, Vucevic, and Ball, but it remains to be seen what their supporting cast will be able to accomplish, and that will go a long way in determining their fate.