Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso received a top distinction for his disruptive play this season, earning a place on the NBA’s All-Defensive first team Tuesday.
Caruso spearheaded the Bulls defense as both a starter and a reserve, averaging 1.5 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.4 deflections per game. His defensive impact was anchored in its efficiency: Caruso led the league in steals per 100 possessions (3.0) and deflections per 36 minutes (5.2), and he finished 14th in total steals (98) while averaging fewer minutes than every player ahead of him. He was one of only five players to tally at least 95 steals and 45 blocks.
Caruso was joined on the first team by Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr., runner-up Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday and Evan Mobley. He’s the first Bulls player to…
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