Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic had himself a memorable performance last night. The two-time all-star led Chicago in their 130-118 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. He joins a relatively short list of players to put up historic stats never before seen in an NBA game, tallying 24 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, four blocks, and four three-pointers.
Discussing his newly achieved feat, Vucevic downplayed his accomplishment. He instead emphasized the importance of aiding his team to victory.
“Obviously, it�s hard to find the same exact stat as I had. 24 is random. 17 is random. It�s nice […] Obviously, I�m glad I played well and I was able to have a good all-around game to help us win. But as far as that, it�s nice but I don�t necessarily care to be the only player to do it.�Nikola Vucevic
In what has thus far been a lowly campaign in 2021-22 for Nikola Vucevic, his latest stretch of games, topped with his historic stats last night, shows signs of significant improvement. He has averaged a line of 19-13-4 on 50 percent shooting in Chicago’s four-game winning streak. The big man has stepped up to the plate while the team has struggled with a COVID-19 outbreak. With performances like this, the Bulls stand a pretty good chance to keep pace as they try to get healthy.
The 2021-22 Chicago Bulls
Despite a busy free agency, few expected the Bulls to leap so far up the Eastern Conference standings. Adding the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, Derrick Jones Jr, and others have aided them in becoming a legitimate contender. Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and head coach Billy Donovan are not lost in all their success either. This trio carried itself over from last season and played a significant role in the team’s current stretch.
With the core in place, the Bulls look the best they have in years. With a return to the postseason looking like a formality at this point, it stands to question how far they could go. Chicago last appeared in the NBA finals in 1998.