WATCH: Alex Caruso Unleashes His Inner Michael Jordan With a Tough Switch Hands Layup in Bulls’ Preseason Debut

Published 10/05/2021, 10:55 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) moves to the basket ahead of Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the second half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bulls made some serious changes in their roster for the season. Not only did they add 2 more All-Star caliber players, but their role players are also impeccable. Notably, one of their famous signings is former Laker, Alex Caruso.

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Recently, the Bulls faced off against Cleveland in their first preseason matchup. Unsurprisingly, they ran through them in dominating fashion. Zach Lavine finished as the top scorer with 25 points to his name. However, Caruso put on a show of his own in his first game as a Bull.

May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) falls while shooting the ball defended by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22)during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

In their 131-95 victory, Caruso played just 20 minutes. But he made sure to make it worthwhile with his performance. During an offensive possession, he brought out his inner Jordan to finish a crafty layup.

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Is Alex Caruso on his way to becoming a Bulls hero?

The Chicago Bulls have never been short of athletic players. Currently, they have players like Lavine, DeRozan, and Caruso. In the matchup against the Cavs, Caruso went up in the air and made a layup, switching hands mid-air. Similar to Michael Jordan, Caruso made his highlight with this play.

Moreover, Caruso dominated in the time he took the floor. He had a double-double in 20 minutes, adding 10 points and 10 assists to his name. He did all this without giving away a single turnover. The Bulls’ moves are really showing up as they look in fine-tune.

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Starting point guard, Lonzo Ball also played his part in putting up 8 points and 5 assists, shooting 40% from downtown. DeRozan dominated on both ends of the floor with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks to his name.

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This new-look Bulls team has all the players it needs in its roster. Moreover, they are working very well together, with each one understanding their role in the squad. Coming to Alex Caruso, he will be an important two-way player come the regular season. As the backup point guard, he is the more aggressive defender with the ability to score the basketball.

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Hence, with this roster, Chicago can finally have hopes to make it back into the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Do you think this Bulls team can make it all the way to the NBA finals? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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