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Chicago Bulls 2021-22 Player Grades: Alex Caruso

Caruso was undoubtedly the Bulls’ best all-around defender throughout the 2021-22 campaign.

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During his first season in the Windy City, Alex Caruso was a highly impactful player for the Chicago Bulls. His defensive tenacity and high basketball IQ were integral to the team’s success.

Coming off the bench throughout the 2021-22 campaign, Caruso consistently provided a spark for the Bulls. Defensively, the guard was a menace. He led the Bulls in plus-minus (+110) and averaged 1.7 steals per night.

On the offensive end, Caruso could be inconsistent at times. While he has the potential to score double-digit points a night, he averaged 7.4 PPG this past season. On November 27 against the Heat, Caruso scored a season-high 22 points.

Though offense may not be his forte, Caruso was undoubtedly the Bulls’ best all-around defender. That became evidently clear when he suffered a wrist injury in late January.

During that stretch without Caruso, the Bulls allowed 7.1 more points per game than they did with him in action. Shockingly, the Bulls still logged a winning record when he did not play (22-19).

Beyond his on-court impact, Alex Caruso’s championship pedigree and vocal leadership were crucial to an inexperienced Chicago Bulls team’s success. Billy Donovan’s squad should be ecstatic about having him in the mix for the next three seasons.

Grade: B

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