Bulls Move Pays Off

Jake Moser, Writer

The trading to acquire NBA center Nikola Vucevic has been the greatest move the Chicago Bulls franchise has made since they drafted Derrick Rose first overall in 2008.

In his short time with the Chicago Bulls so far, Vucevic has put up exceptional numbers and has help lead the Bulls closer to the playoffs than they’ve been in years.

The Bulls made the trade way back in February just before the NBA trade deadline where many teams make minor to major changes in their rosters. The Chicago Bulls participated in trading center Wendell Carter Jr., forward Otto Porter, and two first round picks to the Orlando Magic in return for Nikola Vucevic, with the additions of Daniel Theis and Troy Brown.

During his time with the Bulls Nikola Vucevic has averaged 22.2 points, a team high 11.4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in just 25 games. Nikola Vucevic brings talent to the team as evident by his multiple NBA Allstar selections.

To further his resume, Vucevic is known for his exceptional rebounding and brilliant post moves for a big man. What makes his game more deadly is the aspect that he can stretch out to the three point line and be able to make multiple three pointers a game.

Nikola has proven to be a great secondary option for all star Zach Lavine who has been in need of a strong secondary option. With a nearly impossible pick and roll to defend, the strong duo have been able to with a majority of their games post trade.

When the Chicago Bulls made the trade, they had an overall record of 15-29 and out of the picture for the playoffs. Post trade, the Bull are 29-40 and just a few games behind the Washington Wizards for the final playoff spot.

Many can argue that the Bulls have made better decisions in prior seasons to help the Bulls achieve. However, statistics have shown that the Bulls have won almost half of their games this season with acquiring Nikola Vucevic.