By Mike McGraw
Bulls 2012-13 roster
1 Derrick Rose, 6-3, PG: There's not much to say to start the season. He's rehabbing his left knee and everyone is anxiously awaiting his return in a few months.
2 Nate Robinson, 5-9, PG: Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of preseason. Robinson averaged 22.5 points and 10.5 assists in two games as a starter. He'll play an important role off the bench this season.
5 Carlos Boozer, 6-9, PF: At the end of preseason, Boozer seemed to have more spring in his legs. He doesn't want the burden of being the go-to scorer in place of Rose, but he's a strong candidate.
8 Marco Belinelli, 6-5, SG: Signed as a free agent from the New Orleans Hornets, Belinelli seemed lost in preseason and shot just 29.4 percent from the field. Will the Bulls regret saving money by trading Kyle Korver?
9 Luol Deng, 6-9, SF: Now in his ninth season, the Bulls will continue to rely on Deng for heavy minutes and a little bit of everything. The torn ligament in his left wrist didn't seem to be an issue in preseason.
12 Kirk Hinrich, 6-3, PG: Back with the Bulls after a two-year absence, Hinrich seemed to fit right in with new and old teammates. Hopefully, the recent groin issue isn't a bad sign on the health front.
13 Joakim Noah, 6-11, C: Noah continues to improve his offensive skills, and the Bulls now look for him in the post at times. When will draining a jumper become so routine that he'll stop firing his fingers into the air?
21 Jimmy Butler, 6-7, SF: The team is counting on him to take on Ronnie Brewer's old role as best perimeter defender. He's slowly turning impressive athleticism into reliable production.
22 Taj Gibson, 6-9, PF: The only holdover from the successful Bench Mob of the past two years. The drama of his contract extension will end Wednesday, one way or another.
25 Marquis Teague, 6-2, PG: One of many Kentucky one-and-dones in the NBA, Teague has the speed and skills to be a quality point guard. At age 19, he still has plenty to learn, though.
32 Richard Hamilton, 6-7, SG: With better health and a chance to learn Tom Thibodeau's system in training camp, Hamilton looks more like the Detroit version that Bulls fans knew so well.
48 Nazr Mohammed, 6-10, C: Losing Omer Asik to restricted free agency was a sad experience for the Bulls, but Mohammed, a Chicago native, looked great in preseason and has more scoring skills than Asik.
77 Vladimir Radmanovic, 6-10, F: Is he still on the team? The long-range shooting big man was the first to sign with the Bulls last summer, but barely played in preseason. He's a lock at the No. 11 spot in the rotation.