The new-look Chicago Bulls are among the best teams in the entire NBA this season, with a record of 6-3. With more talent on the roster, players are having to sacrifice some of their individual games to help the team be more successful.
One example of this is the production of Nikola Vucevic, who is actually playing more minutes than he ever has, but is taking less shots and scoring less points.
To Vucevic, that’s completely fine as long as it’s for the best of the team.
“It’s just the way we play that they have the ball. I think as a big man that’s usually how it is; it’s just the rough life of a big man,” said Vucevic recently. “The guards have more of the ball. It’s fine.”
Having more talent around than usual is never a bad thing, as it’s resulted in the Bulls having a really solid start to the season.
“There’s more talent and more guys who can score. So it’s a little different offensively for me,” Vucevic said. “So I just try to do different things, passing, defensively rebounding; there are many ways you can impact the game, screening and doing other things that I can to help the team.”
Through nine games this season, Vucevic is averaging 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in 34.4 minutes per contest. He’s one of the most important players on the Bulls, regardless of what his numbers look like.