Nazr Mohammed didn’t play too much of a factor for the Chicago Bulls this past season, just like he hadn’t the season prior; however, his role was reduced even more with the growth of Joakim Noah.
Pre All-Star Break
Mohammed did most of his work before the All-Star break, but even that wasn’t much. Over the course of 51 games, he averaged 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds and shot 36.1 percent from the field in 7.7 minutes. Of those 51 games, he only played over 10 minutes in 10 of them, but was never able to reach double figures scoring wise. He did score nine points on one occasion, but never achieved such a feat again.
He also started one game when Joakim Noah was out with a right thigh bruise. Despite that, Mohammed still wasn’t given the majority of the minutes at the center position. Rather, Taj Gibson played 36:23 while Mohammed only played 12:25, in which he scored one point off a free throw. He also added four rebounds and one block in the start.
Post All-Star Break
Following All-Star break, Mohammed stayed pretty consistent with the numbers he was putting up, but he did improve slightly despite a decrease in playing time. In 29 games, he averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.7 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 55.8 percent from the field. One reason for the decrease in playing time is Noah’s dominance and leadership, as he became a more productive and all-around player.
Noah’s improved play also affected Mohammed’s playing time come postseason. He was never going to truly have a legitimate role in the postseason seeing as he didn’t have one in the regular season, but his playing time was nearly nonexistent while Noah played 42.0 minutes per game.
Mohammed played a total of five minutes and only appeared in two games, the Bulls’ first two losses of the series. Those five minutes weren’t completely unproductive, though it was pretty close. He managed to grab two rebounds, but that was it. He attempted one shot as well, but failed to connect on that.
Mohammed scored a season high nine points in the Bulls’ 95-86 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 27. Along with that, he also added five rebounds, an assist, one steal, and a block.
It’s difficult to simply pinpoint one game that was a definite low for Mohammed considering his minutes situation. It also doesn’t help that he was very consistent with his playing. His scoring didn’t fluctuate drastically from game to game, and certain games didn’t completely stand out amongst the rest; however, Mohammed did go scoreless for six games straight from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9. In one of those games, he even played 16:57 giving him a good amount of opportunities to score.
Mohammed appeared in 80 total regular season games and two playoff games. In the regular season, he played a total of 562 minutes, shot 42.9 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the charity stripe. He also had 124 points, 175 rebounds, 20 assists, 14 steals, 30 blocks, 37 turnovers and 77 fouls.
With the role he was given, there wasn’t much Mohammed could do to contribute on the hardwood. There were times, however, when he did receive extended minutes (which aren’t too hefty to begin with). Even then, though, he was, at best, decent.
Final Grade: C