Nazr Mohammed proved to be a solid defender for the Bulls during the 2012-2013 season. Though he rarely played during the first three months of the season, Mohammed managed to earn some minutes and make Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau more confident in playing him down the stretch.
With Joakim Noah out with plantar fasciitis, Thibodeau had no options but to resort to Mohammed at the five spot which later let him to being satisfied with Mohammed production on the defensive end and earned him more minutes. In comparison Mohammed was like Kurt Thomas when he played for the Bulls. The Chicago native and former Kentucky Wildcat was always prepared and ready to produce even if his time on the court was limited. He also took it fairly well as he never complained to anyone or any media outlets which would of caused backlash on the Bulls (like they don’t need anymore) [thank goodness we didn't get another Dwightmare].
Though Mohammed was brought in to replace Omer Asik, he obviously couldn’t produce like him. Nonetheless Mohammed remained optimistic and did what he could down the stretch to the satisfactory of the Bulls. He didn’t exceed expectations but he didn’t fail as well. He simply met those expectations.
Statistically Mohammed had a few season highlights. On April 12 in a loss against the Toronto Raptors (I am still stunned) Mohammed scored a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. His other highlight came during game four of the first round playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets, in a triple overtime extravaganza when Mohammed score nine points and six rebounds all in 19 minutes.
His season lowlight however would probably be during game three of the eastern conference finals against the Miami Heat when Mohammed shoved Heat forward LeBron James and was ejected.
After the game Mohammed talked about the altercation, handling it in a professional manner. This will be his most memorable moment for him during his tenure with the Chicago Bulls.
During the off-season Mohammed most likely will not return to the Bulls. The front office will look for a younger replacement to backup Joakim Noah. Thank you for a memorable season Nazr.
Final Grade: B-