Ayo Dosunmu Makes All-NBA Rookie Team





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Ayo Dosunmu Makes All-NBA Rookie Team
By Ryan Taylor • Issue #6 • View online
The NBA announced that Chicago Bulls point guard Ayo Dosunmu made the NBA’s All-Rookie second team.
Dosunmu averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in his first season with the Bulls. He shot 52 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from three-point land.
His potential to become a formidable two-way player for the Bulls is outstanding. His ceiling is incredibly high and his play this past season was incredibly deserving of making the All-Rookie team.

Shams Charania
2021-22 NBA All-Rookie teams:

First team: Scottie Barnes, Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Franz Wagner

Second team: Ayo Dosunmu, Chris Duarte, Josh Giddey, Bones Hyland, Herbert Jones
Donsumu stepped up
As the 38th pick in the 2021 NBA draft, Dosunmu headed home to Chicago after Artūras Karnišovas and the Bulls front office selected Dosunmu with their only pick in the draft.
Side note - Dosunmu accounts for the second straight All-Rookie the Bulls have produced in the past two seasons (Patrick Williams).
Dosunmu is a former star at Morgan Park High School and the University of Illinois, the latter of which his jersey was hung in the rafters during his rookie season in the NBA.
He stepped up big for the Bulls.
With injuries/Covid issues ravaging the team all year, Dosunmu stepped up for head coach Billy Donovan and played plenty of unexpected minutes.
Dosunmu played in 70 total games, starting in 40 of them, and averaged 27.4 minutes per game. In the first-round playoff series against the Bucks, he played in all five games and averaged 17.1 minutes.
Ayo’s Arsenal
There are many intangible factors Dosunmu has in his game that paved the way for him to receive All-Rookie honors.
One of my favorite skills Dosunmu possesses is his facilitating. Dosunmu reads defenses so well and can create for others with ease. In February, Dosunmu averaged over seven assists per game.
Here’s one of my favorite Ayo assists from this past season.
Dosunmu’s defense on the perimeter is another invaluable trait he brings to the Bulls. Without Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball for most of the year, Dosunmu stepped up in their place with tenacious on-ball defense.
His advanced metrics are not breathtaking by any means (negative box plus/minus and 115 defensive ratings) nonetheless, the matchups he was given were immense for a rookie.
Take this one for example.
Steph Noh
Trae Young last night: 3-of-17 shooting, four turnovers. Ayo Dosunmu was playing great on-ball defense. https://t.co/xW6DpKZpms
One thing I appreciate most about Dosunmu’s game is his adaptability. Dosunmu worked hard this season to fortify his role off the bench. In specific, he improved his catch-and-shoot ability and his midrange off the dribble to create options for the Bulls on offense.
In college, Dosunmu typically worked with the ball in his hands alongside Kofi Cockburn as a perfect PnR partner. Now, surrounded by three all-star players on the court, he had to find a different way. He selflessly crafted his game into the role the Bulls needed, and it showed.
Dosunmu is quick to learn and add to his skillset, as shown by the evidence of this incident.
K.C. Johnson
Ayo Dosunmu said Bradley Beal gave him some advice during the game about how to make this one move. Dosunmu then used the move and said Beal told him, "I didn't say use it on me. I said use it in the future."

That's classic.
The Bulls will be glad to insert Dosunmu off the bench next year as a perfect backup point guard. His versatility as a starter/bench player is quintessential for the team.
With the uncertainty of Lonzo Ball’s (injury) and Coby White’s (contract year) future with the team, Dosunmu’s presence becomes all the more important.
His presence is certainly evident in his second-team All-Rookie honors.
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Ryan Taylor

Hello! This issue focuses on Chicago Bulls news, film analysis, columns, and rumors. On an as-need publication basis, this newsletter will provide Chicago Bulls fans with interesting reads about their favorite NBA team.

As for myself, Ryan Taylor, I am a graduating senior from DePaul University studying journalism. I have worked several positions in sports writing with Lineups.com, Fansided, and Sports Mockery. I have reporting experience with The DePaulia too.

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