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Will Perdue projects opening night Bulls starting lineup

Will Perdue projects opening night Bulls starting lineup

The Jimmy Butler era is over for the Bulls and there are a lot of new faces on the Bulls roster this season, but what will the team look like on the floor?

Former Bulls center Will Perdue took a crack at what starting five coach Fred Hoiberg may send out for the opening game at the Raptors on Oct. 19. Watch the video above to see Perdue explain each of his starting five picks.

Point guard: Kris Dunn

Perdue: "He was an important piece of that big trade on draft night. I love his aggressive nature, but he's got to learn to play a little more defense with his feet, not so much with his hands so he can stay out of foul trouble."

Shooting guard: Justin Holiday

Perdue: "This is a little bit of a question on the two-spot, but I'm going to go with Holiday. The reason why is because he's a much better defender than Denzel Valentine and one thing you have to worry about is what's going on with DeMar DeRozan in game one.

Small forward: Paul Zipser

Perdue: "Has he worked on his game to the point where he can prove that he can hit that midrange jump shot off the dribble and can he attack the basket and finish over and through defenders?"

Power forward: Nikolic Mirotic

Perdue: "He put on 23 pounds of muscle, according to Niko. He said he got tired of getting beat up last year. So because of these younger guys I think Niko feels like his best ability to play is at the four spot so he's going to get that opportunity early."

Center: Robin Lopez

Perdue: "Right now the only guarantee is this guy, according to Fred Hoiberg, Robin Lopez."

Guest list: Bulls announce 13 players waking up in Vegas for summer league

Guest list: Bulls announce 13 players waking up in Vegas for summer league

Although the rebuild has been the talk of the town lately, let's not forget that the Bulls are reigning summer league champs. 

Defending their rather meaningless crown, however, takes a backseat to other storylines as play begins in Vegas this week.

The highest intrigue item is catching a first glance at young question marks that could be part of the Bulls' core for years to come. Among them, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen - two highly touted pieces acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster - will be making their Bulls' debut in Sin City, the team announced Wednesday. 

Here's a look at the full roster: 

Brady Heslip, G

The Baylor product is known as a sharpshooter, especially from beyond the arc. Now 27, he's averaged 18.5 points and connected on 43 percent over the course of his G- (formerly known as D-) League career. 

Antonio Blakeney, G

Blakeney was a top prospect coming out of high school. The 20-year-old was named a 2015 McDonald's All-American and chose to take his talents to LSU to play alongside Ben Simmons. Unlike Simmons, who was selected No. 1 in the 2016 NBA Draft, Blakeney went undrafted in this year's event. The guard averaged 12.6 points for the Tigers last season.  

Ryan Arcidiacono, G

One can only hope Arcidiacono brings Jim Nantz's tie to Vegas. The guard was given the oddly egotistical gift after starring on the NCAA champion Villanova squad in 2016. He signed with the Spurs after that dream run and spent the duration with their Austin affiliate. 

Paul Zipser, F

Zipser came on strong near the end of last year, even getting run in the Bulls' first-round loss to the Boston Celtics. He averaged 5.5 points on 40 percent shooting in Fred Hoiberg's offense. 

Dejan Todorovic, F

The 23-year-old Serbian played for Bilbao in Spain last season. Todorovic came off the bench for Bilbao, averaging just over 5 points per game and made 3-pointers at a 37 percent clip.

Cameron Payne, G

Payne didn't make any impact after coming over from Oklahoma City in a midseason trade, but with Rajon Rondo out of the picture, the 22-year-old will have more opportunities. 

Lauri Markkanen, F

The Arizona product has been touted as a big that can immediately stretch the floor. That's a skill the Bulls covet considering they ranked 25th in 3-point shooting. 

Chris Walker, F

Another former McDonald's All-American, Walker went undrafted out of Florida in 2015. He spent last year with the Rio Grande Vipers, the Houston Rockets' development team. 

Kris Dunn, G

Dunn's rookie woes have been well chronicled. He shot under 40 percent and - different from many other lottery picks - is already 23. The Bulls are high on him, though, and we'll catch a glimpse at his game in Vegas. 

Amida Brimah, C

The 7-footer played four years at Connecticut, shooting near 60 percent in all of his seasons. He's also a rarity in the sense that he shoots fairly well from the line. 

Denzel Valentine, G

Although he was pitched as a guy who could contribute right away, Valentine's rookie season was a disappointment. He shot 35 percent in 51 games. Not ideal. 

Jerrelle Benimon, F

Benimon has bounced around from the G League to China in his professional career. In college, he didn't break into the rotation at Georgetown and ultimately transferred to Towson.

Nikola Jovanovic, C/F

Another shooting big, Jovanovic played his college ball at USC. He eclipsed 45 percent from 3 last season in the G League. 

Which of the Bulls' young players will develop next season?

Which of the Bulls' young players will develop next season?

Seeing as the Bulls don't have much flexibility to reshape their roster this offseason - meaning don't expect any sudden overhauls - it's going to be on the team's younger players to develop.

Players like Cameron Payne, Denzel Valentine, Paul Zipser, Chris Feliciio and Jerian Grant need to take steps forward or the Bulls won't move much from their standing in the Eastern Conference.

We discussed what to expect from the youngsters on SportsTalk Live. Check it out in the video above.