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Bulls on Parade: Bulls Awards- The Rest

The draft is closer than ever, and it’s time to recognize the last few players from the 2015-16 team that stood out in a year of struggle between low playoff seeding or decent draft seeding.

The season was tumultuous at best, but the Bulls have somewhat hope to look forward to in 2016-17, with certain players, either best known or role players, that showed extreme promise this season.

DPOY- Pau Gasol

Pau-Gasol-Bulls-Wallpaper-16This category was a difficult one, with not much variant in player bases. Jimmy Butler (our MVP for the Windy City) led in steals with just over 1.5 per game, but Gasol was crucial in the paint for the Bulls. His defensive prowess seemed to step up at important games, averaging two blocks per game over the course of the regular season.

Offensively, Gasol took a small step back from 2014-15, dropping a whole two points per game. His awareness inside and overall ability kept steady, however. Gasol averaged 8.9 defensive boards per game (11 rebounds per game total) to go along with his two blocks per game.

Gasol surpassed ten rebounds per game 35 times in 2015-16, with 18 of those games coming off the defensive glass alone. Gasol may not be his former self, but he’s a steady big the Bulls needed, with the question being whether he’ll return in 2016-17.

RPOY (Role Player of the Year)- E’Twaun Moore

E'TwaunMooreOur last Bulls award goes to the big four E’Twaun Moore. This award went to a player that made an impact at the best moments. Funny thing is, E’Twaun also led the Bulls in three-point shooting percentage, averaging just over 45% on the year.

Moore put up big numbers multiple times this season, passing the ten point mark in 12 games. Moore also averaged 2.3 boards per game to go with 1.7 assists. In 2015-16, the fourth-year player from Purdue set or tied career highs in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, field goals made per game, rebounds and blocks per game.

Stay tuned to Cleat Geeks next week for a draft discussion on who might be heading to the Windy City come draft night.

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