The second-year Chicago Bulls guard has been one of my favorite
individual players to watch in this early 2022-23 season. Dosunmu
is averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and
has seen his production rise in accordance with a slight minutes
However, his 59.2% True Shooting percentage is a hair down from
last year (still quite good by the way!), his assist and turnover
rates have also dropped a bit, and he's recorded a -42 plus-minus
on the season despite the 6-6 Bulls losing just one game by double
People probably look at those surface numbers and shrug their
shoulders. But watch Dosunmu and witness his versatility,
creativity and electricity jump out of the screen.
Dosunmu completes three significant actions here, and only one
(the assist to Zach LaVine) lands in the box score. He slinks
through the off-ball screens to cover Jaylen Brown and nullify a
primary piece of Boston's set. Then, with Brown in a
minimally-advantageous spot in the corner, Dosunmu helps out on
Jayson Tatum's drive, effectively contesting the shot that
ultimately gets blocked by Patrick Williams. Dosunmu then grabs the
loose ball, immediately looks up and hits LaVine in
Hoops Informatics highlights another possession from the same
game. Dosunmu starts this clip by covering two players on the weak
side. When he sees LaVine slide back toward his corner and catches
Brown cutting into the paint, Dosunmu shuts off the option. He
stays engaged with the ball, though, and then helps again on
Tatum's baseline drive.
Here's one more moment — this time from Chicago's first game
against Boston, a 123-119 win:
The multiple defensive efforts in myriad forms are remarkable,
and they take a combination of schematic understanding, processing
speed and, simply, quick legs. Dosunmu's internall throttle is
always to the floor — even if it leads to the occasional over-revving.
"Ayo was, basically all last year, just playing off the feel,"
teammate Alex Caruso told Basketball News over the
offseason. "Your first year in the league, you don't understand
concepts really. You don't understand coverages. You're seeing guys
play, and you're playing against guys for the first time. You're
seeing their best moves for the first time; they're probably going
to beat you most of the time. So for him to be able to compete the
way he did last year on defense is a great sign for a guy in his
Dosunmu's knowledge base is catching up in Year 2.
He molds his same spark to a different context on offense. He's
been a second-side driving weapon since joining Chicago as a 2021
second-round draft pick, and has continued to flourish by attacking off the catch.
Dosunmu's overall rim frequency is down a tad from last year, but
don't let that fool you; he's still a force getting to the
According to PBP Stats, 56 players have attempted over 40
self-created shots (when holding the ball for two or more seconds)
from within 10 feet of the hoop so far. Dosunmu is hitting on 55.8%
of those attempts, ranking 17th. Over 47% of his shots have been
self-created compared to just 39.4% as a rookie. So while the
efficiency has regressed slightly in this small sample, Dosunmu
still shows plenty of promise.
He's adept along the baseline, and defenders that force him
there are only giving him space to attack and windows to hit
teammates. Dosunmu almost always receives 1-on-1 matchups; how can
a defense justify leaving LaVine, DeMar DeRozan or Nikola
The problem for those defenders, however, is that Dosunmu can
beat individuals with an isolation drive. He's got a shifty handle,
sneaky change-of-pace chops, length and touch.
The 22-year-old can also break out a solid floater. He doesn't
often — only 10% of his shots are in the short-mid-range area, per
Cleaning the Glass — but against the Charlotte Hornets, Dosunmu
used it with success.
Dosunmu guarantees spectators at least a handful of "Man, this
guy is flying!" plays every game, whether it be via a transition
push-ahead, a half-court drive or a defensive rotation.
Plus-minuses and box scores can shove it — this guy is
undoubtedly a winning contributor.