Evaluating the Chicago Bulls Bench for This Season

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Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Chicago Bulls

Jul 10, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) dribbles away from the defense of Philadelphia 76ers guard TJ McConnell (12) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Chicago won the game 83-70. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The development of the second unit of players will be an essential ingredient in the Chicago Bulls’ recipe for success this upcoming season.

Remember the days of the Chicago Bulls‘ “Bench Mob”?

During the 2010-11 season, the Bulls had the best record in the Eastern Conference and reached the conference finals in large part because of a bench unit that ranked second in the NBA in point differential during the regular season. The following season, the Bulls bench ranked sixth in the NBA in point differential.

The 2016-17 Chicago Bulls bench isn’t as good as the 2010-11 or the 2011-12 versions, but the bench players this season are young and could develop into really solid players further down the road.

At the present time, the average age of the Bulls’ bench players is 24. That average becomes even younger if head coach Fred Hoiberg elects to start 31-year-old power forward Taj Gibson over 25-year-old Nikola Mirotic next season.

The Bulls have some talented young players on their roster, but growing pains and inconsistencies have prevented many of them from excelling as NBA players.

The development of the Bulls’ young bench players will have a major impact on how successful this team is next season.

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