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5 Chicago Bulls players who will benefit from Coby White and Patrick Williams' injury absence at the start of the 2021-22 NBA season

Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls
Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have been the talk of the NBA after their impressive offseason. They have quickly positioned themselves as sneaky contenders in the Eastern Conference after adding a number of big names to their roster. As training camp rapidly approaches, it's always a slippery slope when it comes to teams trying to avoid injuries before the 2021-22 NBA regular season. Unfortunately for the Bulls, it was reported today by Shams Charania that a key part of their starting lineup is going to miss some time.

Bulls second-year forward Patrick Williams suffered a severe left ankle sprain and is anticipated to return in 4-to-6 weeks.

After an impressive display in the Summer League, Patrick Williams is a player that is viewed by as much as a potential second-year breakout candidate. Unfortunately, the former fourth overall selection will now be sidelined for a bit. Patrick Williams became an underrated part of this Chicago Bulls rotation early on. He's a versatile player who is at his best as a defensive asset. It was also reported that third-year guard Coby White will also be sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Bulls just announced some injury news:Patrick Williams suffered “severe” left ankle sprain during optional individual workout. Return timeline 4-6 weeks.Coby White progressing on shoulder. Will be non-contact participant in parts of camp. Expected to return in November.

After an offseason of adding a number of key pieces, the Bulls will now have to look for other players to step up in the absence of White and Williams moving forward. Here are a couple of names to keep an eye on moving forward.

Five players who could step up for the Chicago Bulls with the injuries to Patrick Williams and Coby White

#5 Ayo Dosunmu

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2021 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

After only having one pick in the second-round of the 2021 NBA Draft, it wasn't expected that the Chicago Bulls would find a potential contributor to this roster. That was until talented guard Ayo Dosunmu fell to the Bulls with the 38th selection. After an impressive career at Illinois, Dosunmu has the potential to carve out minutes in the Bulls rotation.

With the injury to Coby White, Dosunmu will now have a chance during the Chicago Bulls training camp to prove that he deserves to earn some minutes early on in his career. At Illinois, Ayo was asked to carry the offense when it came to scoring. There's a belief that surrounding him with NBA talent could allow Ayo to let the game come more naturally and produce some early success.

#4 Derrick Jones Jr.

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Brooklyn Nets v Portland Trail Blazers

After spending last year with the Portland Trail Blazers, Derrick Jones Jr. was acquired by the Chicago Bulls during the offseason via trade. The athletic forward was expected to be a rotational asset off the bench behind Patrick Williams. Now, Jones could be a player who will need to play extended minutes right out of the gate for the Bulls. With a team that is going to have plenty of offensive firepower, Derrick Jones Jr. could be a nice complementary piece that can do a lot of things that Patrick Williams can do.

#3 Alex Caruso

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Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz

One of the more underrated additions of the Chicago Bulls' impressive offseason was the addition of former Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso. It's no secret that the Chicago front office had a clear vision this summer. They needed to add depth and toughness on the defensive side of the ball. With injuries to both Patrick Williams and Coby White, Caruso could be a player who sees his minutes increase in the Bulls rotation. Caruso is known as an intelligent player who can make life difficult for opposing players with his defensive ability. There's also the potential for Caruso to play off the ball, giving him some versatility in the Chicago backcourt.

#2 DeMar DeRozan

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San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans

One of the biggest names acquired by the Chicago Bulls this offseason, DeMar DeRozan should be a welcome addition to the roster with his ability to put up big numbers on the offensive side of the ball. DeRozan was asked to carry the load offensively during his time with the San Antonio Spurs. With the injury to Williams, the Bulls could look to have DeRozan potentially be an offensive focal point in specific lineup rotations.

#1 Lonzo Ball

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Memphis Grizzlies v New Orleans Pelicans

All eyes will be on Lonzo Ball in Chicago this year as the Bulls finally have themselves an intriguing playmaking guard to run the show. After spending the last couple of years with the New Orleans Pelicans, Lonzo now finds himself in an intriguing situation with a starting lineup that offers serious firepower. With the injury to Coby White, there's going to be a few more minutes that need to be distributed to the players. There's no reason why Lonzo can't take on those minutes, as he's a player who can put his teammates in a position to succeed. After a fresh start in Chicago, you can bet that Lonzo Ball is going to have some new life in his legs for the upcoming year.

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Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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