Alex Caruso's impact on the floor does not reflect only in his points. As seen in several games with the Chicago Bulls, Caruso can still contribute on the other end of the floor, doing small things that help his team win. DeMar DeRozan has taken notice and offered praise for the shooting guard.
Caruso's high IQ impressed DeRozan
Caruso's impact on the floor for Chicago goes beyond his dunks worthy of top 10 daily highlights. As evident in the game against the L.A. Clippers, Alex struggled offensively but still ended up with the best +/- on the floor. His versatility also showed, as he shared positions with DeMar DeRozan in the small forward spot and made good in guarding the opposing team's star player. For new teammate, DeRozan, Caruso's high IQ was on full display.
"Man, he's one of the highest IQ players I've played with, since I've been in the game. And just to have somebody with that natural IQ on the court, he makes so many things easier for you. Offensively and defensively. He kind of anchors us, especially defensively, taking on the challenge of guarding PG. And you gotta feed off that."
DeMar DeRozan, ">Postgame Interview
As Sidelines Sources noted, when the Bulls and Lakers face each other for the first time since AC left the L.A, it will be a homecoming for him and DeRozan, a Compton, California native. For sure, the high-flying Caruso will be eager to showcase his improved game to the home fans who still support him.
Alex wants to bring his experience in Lakers to the Bulls
Playing with LeBron James has a lot of advantages, and Caruso is reaping the rewards now. He shared he learned the difference between knowing and thinking playing with The King. The shooting guard hopes to be a vocal leader in the Bulls' locker room, given his championship experience.
Caruso is among the league leaders in steals per game, a testament to his willingness to go the extra mile for defense. Chicago has many scorers on their roster, and scoring points will not be a problem for them. As AC focuses on the little intangibles, it makes the game easier for his teammates.
Caruso has been a fan favorite because of his dunks and his bald head. No matter the reason why fans love him, the guy can play. AC deserves his success with the Bulls because he plays his role well and implements everything he learned from the best. Chicago diehards hope he could be one of the catalysts of the team's resurgence this year and beyond.