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All about Bulls new guard Alex Caruso

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The Chicago Bulls moved to address their perimeter defensive needs by signing Alex Caruso to a four-year deal worth just shy of $37 million in free agency.

Caruso, 27, went undrafted out of Texas A&M and had a short stint in an Oklahoma City Thunder training camp in 2016 before signing a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. The 6-foot-4 guard developed a reputation as a hard-nosed player, particularly at the defensive end, who routinely drew praise from teammate LeBron James.

Here is everything you need to know about Caruso, his NBA career and his nicknames.

Alex Caruso NBA stats, career highs with Lakers

Season Team Min PTS FG% 3PT% FT% REB AST STL
2017-18 Lakers 15.2 3.6 43.1% 30.2% 70.0% 1.8 2.0 0.6
2018-19 Lakers 21.2 9.2 44.5% 48.0% 79.7% 2.7 3.1 1.0
2019-20 Lakers 18.4 5.5 41.2% 33.3% 73.4% 1.9 1.9 1.1
2020-21 Lakers 21.0 6.4 43.6% 40.1% 64.5% 2.9 2.8 1.1

With his trademark headband and energetic play, Caruso moved from a two-way player to starting a game in the NBA Finals. A fan favorite in Los Angeles, his persistent defensive play and 37.7 percent 3-point shooting earned him the trust of coaches and teammates alike.

On April 15, 2019, Caruso scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds as the Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 122-117. On April 9, 2019, Caruso passed a career-high 13 assists during the Lakers' 109-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.  

Over four NBA seasons, Caruso has averaged 5.9 points, 2.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds and one steal.

The meaning behind Alex Caruso’s nicknames

Fan favorites come decorated with numerous nicknames. In Caruso's profile on Basketball Reference, a staggering seven nicknames sit atop his page.

While "Carushow" is the most well-known, "Bald Mamba" is the most poignant, a nod to his shorn look and the late Lakers Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

 

Alex Caruso's contract details with the Bulls

The Bulls used their non-taxpayer mid-level exception allotment to sign Caruso to a contract that averages about $9.3 million in annual value.

The final season of the deal carries a $3 million guarantee unless Caruso is on the roster on July 1, 2024. In that case, his $9.89 million becomes fully guaranteed.

Alex Caruso's college stats, career highs with Texas A&M

Caruso averaged eight points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 137 games over four seasons with the Aggies. He shot 45.5 percent overall and 34 percent from 3-point range. The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Caruso's senior season.

And Caruso has family ties to the university. His father, Mike, served as associate athletics director for game management there for 18 years before retiring in 2018. He also has two sisters, Megan and Emily, who attended Texas A&M.

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