Luol Deng and Derrick Rose Represent Chicago Bulls' Future

Chris DavisContributor IJuly 22, 2009

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 18: Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 18, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 133-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

You all know the Chicago Bulls are a young team and that they have two star players when they are healthy (Luol Deng and Derrick Rose). So if they get a star free agent in 2010, the Bulls should have some great seasons.


Rose is the big building block in this Bulls organization. He was great in his rookie season and has a very promising career. At only 21, he will play many seasons in the NBA.

Deng is, in my opinion, the biggest piece if the Bulls want to get a free agent in 2010. Deng is only 24 and has proven he can be a great player if he can just stay healthy.

Tyrus Thomas is also a huge piece, if he develops offensively. At 22, he is one of those players who provides energy, with his high-flying dunks and his monstrous blocks.

Joakim Noah, also 24, has a chance to be a pretty good player. He can grab offensive boards, and he’s a quick big man, so he can run the floor. I honestly do not like Noah but, like I said, he can be a decent player if he gets better on offense.

James Johnson, although only a rookie, has shown his versatility. He can score and grab some boards, offensively and defensively. He is only 22 and can be a crucial piece off the bench, along with Taj Gibson.

Gibson is also a rookie, and at 6'9", he will provide defense and some height. He can play the small forward or power forward spot, but he’s expected to play power forward most of the time. He will be helpful because Thomas tends to get in foul trouble, so he can be a crucial part on the bench.

John Salmons, Brad Miller, and Lindsay Hunter all provide veteran experience. Salmons and Miller have made many clutch shots during their time in Chicago.

Kirk Hinrich needs to improve his offense with Gordon leaving. He has proven to be a great defender, but offense is what we need the most.

All of these players I think will be crucial next year and for years to come.