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Chicago Bulls 2021-22 Player Grades: Nikola Vucevic

The Bulls’ big man had his moments, but his offensive numbers dipped from 2020-21 and his defense leaves plenty to be desired.

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In his first full season with the Chicago Bulls, Nikola Vucevic was a huge part of the team’s success but also a factor in their downfall. While certain team circumstances were out of his control, Vucevic became a hot topic of debate due to his individual skill set and spells of poor play. Without further ado, let’s review his 2021-22 campaign and hand out a final grade for the Bulls’ big man.

Offense

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The center was highly lethal on the offensive end, averaging 17.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG, and 3.2 APG. Vucevic finished the campaign with 44 double-doubles, which was good for seventh-most in the NBA.

However, the 2021-22 season was a down year for the big man compared to past production levels. Vucevic’s 17.6 PPG average was a drop-off from his 23.4 mark in 2020-21. On top of that, his three-point percentage decreased drastically from 40% to 31.4%. Vucevic also saw a dip from 84% to 76% in free-throw percentage.

Defense

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On the defensive end, it was a mess. Vucevic’s lack of shot-blocking and lateral quickness made him a defensive liability for the Chicago Bulls. On the season, he averaged 9.1 DRB, 1 STL, and 1 BLK.

Vucevic seemingly showed up only when the opposing team lacked a big man down low. As a result, opposing centers averaged 19.1 points per game against the Bulls.

To his credit, the Bulls struggled as a unit on the defensive end, especially around the perimeter. And for that reason, Nikola Vucevic receives a C.

Grade: C

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