3. Solid Shooting from Role Players
The Bulls have often struggled getting offense outside of LaVine, DeRozan, and Vucevic. Most of these extra points should be coming from Ayo Dosunmu, Patrick Williams, Alex Caruso, and Coby White, all of which can be solid threats offensively. These four especially need to add three-point shooting to the team, as they all have the ability to shoot the ball.
Yesterday, these four went a combined 6-13 (46.2%) from long range, which was encouraging. Coby White was the best offensive performer of these players against the Warriors, scoring 15 points on 6-7 shooting and making both of his 3-point attempts. Coby White has been solid in January, scoring 10 PPG on 45.9/43.2/80 shooting splits.
He has been a very consistent 3-point shooter, often coming up with big buckets in the 4th quarter. If Coby can continue this hot streak, the Bulls will have a strong offensive spark off the bench, and the Bulls’ offense will not stop once its big three leave the court.
Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu were also solid yesterday, with Caruso scoring 12 points and adding 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. He was able to leave his mark on the game, stuffing the stat sheet as he so often does. Caruso has shot 39.5% from beyond the arc this season, which has been one of the most underrated parts of his game.
Ayo also added 12 points yesterday to go along with 6 assists and 2 steals in 40 minutes of play on 5-9 shooting. Dosunmu has had an up-and-down year and failed to reach double-digit points in each of the last 5 games, but Ayo can take this game as one to build on. Shots like these were ones that Ayo made all of last season, and can give him an important spot on the team if he continues to make them.
Overall, these role players are vital to the Bulls’ success, and they need to shoot well from beyond the arc for the Bulls to win games and turn the season around.