Keith Bogans, Derrick Rose

Keith Bogans is, somehow, the Bulls’ starting shooting guard

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Ronnie Brewer was among the summer’s less glamorous free agent acquisitions, but the Chicago Bulls were nonetheless fortunate to procure his services at a reasonable cost. He may be lacking in flash and shooting ability, but Brewer is a solid wing defender, a nice complementary talent, and a smart offensive player who rarely steps outside himself. He won’t kill a team’s offensive flow with assertive shot attempts, a valuable trait for a role player.

Brewer was penciled in as a starter for the Bulls this year, but a preseason hamstring injury limited Brewer and afforded Keith Bogans an opportunity to swoop in and compete for the job. According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Bogans will start in the backcourt alongside Derrick Rose when the Bulls play the Thunder tomorrow, though I’d estimate that in all likelihood, Brewer will rejoin the starting lineup at some point down the line.

When comparing the two players, the only area in which Bogans is definitively superior is three-point shooting. Brewer has never been much of a shooter from any distance, as his career .234 mark from long range would attest. Bogans isn’t a knock-down three-point threat per se, but he has hit threes at an above average rate over the course of his career (.351), which could prove useful in a starting lineup otherwise devoid of consistent three-point shooters. I suppose Thibodeau may see Bogans as splitting the difference between Brewer and shooter extraordinaire Kyle Korver, though I’m not sure Bogans’ particular medium is a happy one. He’s likely better served as a bench complement, though the onus is now on Brewer to reclaim what is rightfully his, and usher Bogans back into a more natural role.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.