Top Five freshest Chicago sports faces

Top Five freshest Chicago sports faces
September 13, 2013, 4:45 pm
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CSN Staff

By Charlie Roumeliotis

One Chicago legend has exited in Brian Urlacher, and one Chicago star will be returning in Derrick Rose. But what about the new faces breaking on to the scene that get lost in the crowd?

CSN contributor Toni Crimea Napolez counts down the Top Five fresh faces in Chicago sports.

5. Tony Snell - Chicago Bulls

Snell was the Bulls' first-round draft pick in 2013 and will have an opportunity to contribute because of his defensive intensity in Tom Thibodeau's system. The Bulls have had success in previous seasons with late first-round picks (see: Taj Gibson at  No. 26 and Jimmy Butler at No. 30), and they're hoping Snell can develop into a key contributor as well.

4. Avisail Garcia - Chicago White Sox

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who was acquired from Detroit in the three-way Jake Peavy trade to Boston, comes in at No. 4. Scouts have compared the 22-year-old to former teammate and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, and Garcia looks to be an anchor in the White Sox lineup for many years to come.

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3. Kyle Long - Chicago Bears

The Bears' top selection in 2013 was a questionable pick, but Long's impressive training camp and preseason performance has fans thinking general manager Phil Emery made the right decision.

2. Mike Magee - Chicago Fire

Magee was acquired in a blockbuster trade in late May and has essentially taken control of a Fire team that faced early season struggles. He registered seven goals in his first seven appearances, and carried his early success into the regular season entering the league's MVP discussion while leading the Fire's fight to clinch a postseason berth.

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1. Elena Della-Donne - Chicago Sky

Brittany who? Most fans were bummed at losing out on Brittany Griner, but Della-Donne has quickly blossomed into a star and has joined the conversation as the league's MVP. And it probably won't be the last time you hear her name in that discussion either.

Not all five of these faces are slam dunks to be the next Chicago sports celebrity, but they will continue to make an impact while stars like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are lighting the lamp across town and Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall connect for another touchdown.