Former members of Chicago Bulls' bench thriving in other cities

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The main players of the Chicago Bulls bench from the past two seasons have moved elsewhere and are shining in their new roles.

The majority of the Chicago Bulls bench from the past two seasons, known as the "Bench Mob," moved to new teams this offseason and are off to good starts in 2012.

Omer Asik was signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets, where he is now the starting center. Asik is averaging 10.5 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 32 minutes per game.

Ronnie Brewer was waived by the Bulls and picked up by the New York Knicks, where he has been a starter for the first five games of the season. Brewer is averaging 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in nearly 27 minutes per game. Brewer will likely lose his starting role when the Knicks are fully healthy, but seems to be comfortable in his new home.

Kyle Korver was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for a trade exception, and he too has become a starter. Korver is averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game and is shooting 39.5% from beyond the arc.

C.J. Watson was also waived by the Bulls and now is the backup for Deron Williams with the Brooklyn Nets. Watson is putting up averages of 8.3 points and 1.3 steals in 24.8 minutes per game.

John Lucas signed with the Toronto Raptors where he is the third point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon. Lucas is only averaging just 2.1 points and 1.1 assists in under 11 minutes per game.

Taj Gibson, the only holdover from last year's bench, is averaging 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game with the Bulls.

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