Ayo Dosunmu’s All-Rookie selection continues impressive Bulls streak

Ayo Dosunmu (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Ayo Dosunmu (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Bulls‘ 38th overall pick in 2021 has already earned his first NBA honor.

On Wednesday evening, the NBA announced Ayo Dosunmu had been selected to the 2021-22 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In doing so, he became the lowest draft pick to be selected to an NBA All-Rookie Team since Eric Paschall (41st) in 2019.

With his impressive debut season, Dosunmu even earned a couple of First Team votes despite playing the second-fewest minutes per game (Bones Hyland) of all selections.

Dosunmu averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 37.6% from beyond the arc this season. By all accounts, he’s going to be more than ready to take the next step this offseason and beyond.

The Chicago Bulls continue an impressive streak

With the announcement, the Bulls have now had three straight All-Rookie Second Team selections, dating back to Coby White in 2020 and Patrick Williams in 2021. Before this streak, the last All-Rookie selections the Bulls fielded were Lauri Markkanen in 2018 and Nikola Mirotic in 2015.

As Bulls insider K.C. Johnson pointed out, Dosunmu and Williams are the first two draft picks made by new management, which bodes well for the future of the franchise.

Both Ayo and Patrick project to be key parts of the puzzle going forward in Chicago. With a talented core of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and Alex Caruso expected to return next season, the only thing standing in the way of a strong run in the Eastern Conference is the dreaded injury bug.

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As the Bulls get set to make the 18th selection of the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23rd, let’s hope they can continue this outstanding streak of player development next season.