Chicago Bulls 2011 Season Completely Up to the Bench Mob

Sean O'DowdContributor IIIDecember 17, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: (L-R) Derrick Rose #1, Joakim Noah #13, Taj Gibson #22, Ronnie Brewer #11 and Kurt Thomas #40 of the Chicago Bulls encourage teammates against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on March 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 94-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees 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)
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The Bulls have two things that sets them apart from every team in the league. The first is obvious, the home grown star who will average 25 points and eight assists this season, all while leading the Bulls to the playoffs. 

The next, and what will be the difference maker for Chicago this year, is the bench mob. No other team has the players Chicago does on their bench. If the Bulls win a championship, it will be because of the work of C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, surprising rookie Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Omer Asik.

The Bulls starters will take this team to the playoffs with relative ease, by racking up easy wins against the lower tier NBA teams, and contending with the Celtics, Knicks and Heat for the best record. The Bulls starters, headlined by Derrick Rose, will be able to take the team through the first round or two of the playoffs rather easily as well. 

Then the importance of the bench mob will become apparent. When playing against the Celtics, Knicks and Heat, the Bulls starters won't be able to win the game single handedly. Arguably against the Knicks and Heat, Derrick Rose and Co. aren't nearly as talented. 

As a result, that's why the bench mob will be the determining factor to how this season plays out. Against teams like the Heat, Derrick Rose and his fellow starters only need to stay within a few points of LeBron, Wade and Bosh.  

When LeBron takes a seat, along with Derrick Rose, the game leans heavily in favor of the Bulls. The Bulls group of bench players, which arguably is better than many teams starters in this league, will outscore the Miami Heat

As a result, as long as the bench mob can play up to their ability, the Bulls can and will be able to outscore the Heat through their bench, and win any playoffs series this season.