This article is part of our Rebound & Rant series.
The NBA faces many different job battles during the preseason. Let's first analyze key battles in the East. We'll get to the West next week.
A few teams – Boston, Philadelphia, Milwaukee – have fairly locked-in rotations, especially when putting aside job battles that have no fantasy significance. But for the most part, the East is loaded with intriguing question that may not be answered until the regular season action begins.
What a bummer for the improving Bulls to lose Lauri Markkanen for the better part of the next two months. The Finnish big man played 30 minutes per game last year. That opens up lots of time for others
While losing Markkanen stinks, Chicago has lots of options to fill the void. Parker was originally penciled in to start at small forward but can easily slide over to the four, allowing Justin Holiday more minutes at the three. Portis started four games last year and is more than capable of using his 6-11 frame to bang with other bigs. Portis' three years of per-36-minute-stats show he's capable of being a double-double machine, if the minutes are there. And, yet, the big question mark is rookie Wendell Carter. Carter is more likely to steal minutes from Robin