The Chicago Bulls added two rookies to the roster coming into the 2021-22 season. These were obviously by no means the offseason moves everyone was talking about when you look at the marquee free agent signings the front office made. Both Ayo Donsunmu and Marko Simonovic are making their mark very quickly though and could find themselves in the rotation quicker than anyone, including myself would’ve thought.
The Bulls took Donsunmu with the 38th pick in the 2021 draft and I loved the pick from the start. He filled a spot that at the time was the most depleted position on the roster. To combine with that he was also born and raised in Chicago so you know he was going to bring extra grit for the franchise he grew up watching
He had just won the Cousy award and I thought for sure he was set to go late in the first round. I thought he could see some minutes and be in the rotation after the all-star break but he’s blown those expectations straight out of the water.
In wake of Coby White being out, Dosunmu has taken the Bull’s second unit by the horns you could say. He’s played in 10 of the 11 games, posting averages of 5.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and just under 1 assist in 14.1 minutes. In the last few games, he’s established his spot in the rotation in my opinion.
He put up 15 points and 7 rebounds in a 118-95 win over the Nets last Monday in his most impressive performance to date. If he keeps this up, he might end up on an all-rookie team at the end of the year.
Simonovic has yet to see minutes for the Bulls but could very soon due to Nikola Vucevic entering league health and safety protocols due to catching Covid-19. With the Bulls already short-handed on bigs, this is Simonovic’s best time to shine.
The 44th pick in the 2020 draft stayed overseas last year but has been impressive in the G-League with the Windy City Bulls to this point. Posting averages of 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds through two games. With a 6’11 frame and only 22 years old, he’s a guy I’m extremely excited to see develop.
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