Alex Caruso
Alex Caruso
27-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 2020-21 campaign was more or less the same results we have seen from Caruso in a Lakers uniform, in what would be his last season with the team. The uber-athletic guard averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assist in 21.0 minutes per game. The big positives of Caruso's season were highlighted by his improvement from the three-point line and on the defensive side of the ball. The Texas A&M product shot an inconsistent 33.3 percent from deep in the 2019-20 season, but shot an impressive 40.1 percent from beyond-the-arc last season. Caruso's defensive game shined, as he averaged 1.1 steals per game, which extended his streak to three seasons of averaging more than one takeaway per game. He also garnered five Second Team All-Defense votes despite his limited playing time. The 27-year-old's situation has now changed after signing a four-year, $37 million dollar contract with the Bulls this summer. He will be starting the season backing up Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine alongside fellow reserve Coby White. While Chicago will not need to rely on the scoring of the 6-foot-4 guard, the team's lack of both depth at the guard position and defensive playmakers should lead to a legitimate role for Caruso this season. It is hard to imagine a major breakout fantasy season for Caruso. But we could see Caruso set a few per-game career-highs based on an elevated role with the Bulls. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $37 million contract with the Bulls in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Alex Caruso was born in College Station, Texas, to Mike and Jackie Caruso. His dad Mike played basketball for Creighton. He has two sisters, both of whom attended Texas A&M. Caruso grew up around the Texas A&M program, spending many seasons as a ball boy for the Aggies. He attended A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, where he played basketball under head coaches Rusty Segler and Rick German. In his senior year, Caruso averaged 18 points and nine rebounds and led his team to the postseason. He was named TABC All-Regional, All-State, as well as TABC All-Star and district MVP. Caruso then attended Texas A&M University, where he majored in sports management. He notes ping pong is a favorite off-the-court activity. Caruso's favorite non-NBA sports team is the soccer team Manchester City F.C. Learn more about Caruso by following him on Twitter @ACFresh21 and on Instagram @acfresh21.

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Caruso began his four-year career with Texas A&M as a reserve. By the end of his freshman season, the 6-foot-5 guard moved into the starting lineup and did not come off the bench for the majority of his stay in college. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals as a freshman. Caruso started 33 games as a sophomore and averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.6 boards and 2.0 steals. He scored a career-high 28 points with eight rebounds and seven assists in the SEC Tournament loss to Missouri. The guard continued to pace the Aggies as a junior and put up 9.1 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He had four double-digit assist games. Caruso led the team to the Big Dance in his senior season. He helped the team get to the Sweet 16 by scoring a season-high 25 points against Northern Iowa. Caruso closed his career with the second-most assists and the third-most steals in SEC history. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Caruso joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.

To play in Windy City
GChicago Bulls
August 2, 2021
Caruso agreed Monday to a four-year, $37 million deal with the Bulls, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Caruso has gained somewhat of a cult following from Lakers fans over the past four years, but he's proven to be one of the league's better defensive guards with some secondary playmaking upside. Over the past three seasons, he's averaged 6.4 points, 2.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 19.9 minutes. In Chicago, he has potential to play a sixth-man role in the backcourt, playing reserve minutes behind newly-acquired Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine. That said, he probably only has upside as a deep-league flier in fantasy.
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2020

Caruso played in 58 games during his fourth season with the Lakers. The 27-year-old averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 21.0 minutes per game. On the season, the Texas A&M product shot 43.6 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from three and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line. Caruso started six games and averaged 10.2 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals across 26.2 minutes per game during those contests. The 6-foot-4 guard scored in double figures 15 times, including a season-high 18 against the Blazers on May 5. During the contest, he went 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-2 from three while adding six rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes. Caruso grabbed multiple rebounds 50 times, including a season-high six rebounds five times. The fourth-year point guard dished out multiple assists 47 times, including a season-high eight against the Suns on May 9. Defensively, he recorded multiple steals 23 times and three-plus steals seven times, including a season-high four against the Cavaliers on March 26. Per 36 minutes, Caruso averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals.

2019

In his third NBA season (and third with the Lakers), Caruso appeared in a career-high 64 games, averaging 18.4 minutes per contest. The Texas A&M product posted averages of 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game and shot 41.2 percent from the field and 73.4 percent at the free throw line. In a Dec. 8 victory over the Timberwolves, Caruso delivered a season-high 16 points and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals,. It was one of 12 double-digit scoring games on the season for Caruso. In a Feb. 12 win over Denver, Caruso posted 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He registered a season-high eight assists, to go with eight points, three rebounds and two steals, in a Feb. 25 win over the Pelicans. Against Philadelphia on Jan. 25, Caruso recorded a career-high six steals in 20 minutes. He made his first regular season start against the Grizzlies on Feb. 29, finishing with nine points and two rebounds. In the postseason, Caruso appeared in all 21 of the Lakers' games on their way to the 2020 NBA championship. Caruso was inserted into the starting lineup for the clinching Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Miami. In Round 2 against Houston, Caruso notched a playoff-career-best 16 points, while adding three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

2018

Caruso appeared in 25 games for the Lakers in 2018-19. The second-year guard out of Texas A&M spent the majority of his season in the G League, as he did his rookie campaign. He got his first call up from South Bay in December but bounced between the NBA and G League for the next few months before earning an expanded role with the Lakers in March. Caruso averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in his second NBA season. He played 21.2 minutes per contest, primarily in a bench role. The stats and playing time easily exceeded his rookie numbers, and Caruso displayed his upside with some impressive moments. His best game of the season came April 5 when he tallied 32 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals while draining five three-pointers in a win over the Clippers. In limited action, Caruso produced three double-doubles. His potential was evident in his four starts with the Lakers, during which the guard averaged 17.8 points, 8.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds while logging nearly 40 minutes per contest. Caruso was also particularly effective in road games, averaging 12.2 points and 1.7 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from the field in 11 contests.

2017

Caruso was not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, he latched on with the Philadelphia 76ers and played in five Summer League contests in 2016. The Oklahoma City Thunder later signed Caruso in September of the same year, but he was subsequently waived and did not appear in the NBA during the 2016-17 campaign. After a few productive games with the Lakers in the Summer League in 2017, Los Angeles signed Caruso to a two-way contract. The six-foot-five guard made his NBA debut against against the Clippers on Oct. 19, 2017. In that contest, he scored two points and handed out two assists in 12 minutes. Caruso capped his campaign with another performance against the Clippers, this time tallying season highs with 15 points, seven rebounds and three three-pointers. Overall, Caruso played 37 games with the Lakers, posting per-game averages of 3.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also spent a significant portion of the season in the G League with the South Bay Lakers. In 25 games with South Bay, Caruso averaged 19.0 points, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 38.7 percent from deep.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
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After a productive second season that saw Caruso take noticeable steps forward in most categories while logging over 21 minutes per contest, the guard looked poised to take another leap in his third season. That didn't materialize, however, as Caruso watched his minutes fall from 21.2 to 18.4 in 2019-20. The dip in minutes coincided with a fairly substantial decline across most statistical categories and shooting percentages. It was a disappointing campaign for Caruso, who was expected to see an increased role with Rajon Rondo on the shelf for much of the season. Instead, point guard duties were dominated by LeBron James, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green primarily manned duties at the two-guard position. Caruso's chances of seeing an expanded role in 2020-21 are much slimmer following the Lakers' signings of Dennis Schroder and Wesley Matthews. Caruso can be left undrafted outside deeper fantasy leagues this season.
Caruso is an explosive guard from Texas A&M University who has made a name for himself in the G League, averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game with the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18. He played well enough to earn some time at the NBA level with the Lakers, starting seven games out of the 37 he was on the roster while chipping in with 3.7 points per game. Caruso's game high was 15 points against the Clippers. Caruso will not receive many minutes this season with the addition of Rajon Rondo to go along with the two young guards already in place, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball. However, Caruso is still young at 25 and can still gain a bench spot at some point but will have to prove himself once again in the G League.
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Questionable to return
GLos Angeles Lakers
Ankle
June 3, 2021
Caruso (ankle) is questionable to return to Game 6 against Phoenix on Thursday, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
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Fills stat sheet off bench
GLos Angeles Lakers
May 20, 2021
Caruso recorded 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block across 30 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's win over the Warriors.
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Officially available Sunday
GLos Angeles Lakers
May 16, 2021
Caruso (foot) is available for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.
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Likely available Sunday
GLos Angeles Lakers
Foot
May 16, 2021
Caruso (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.
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Likely available, might not play
GLos Angeles Lakers
Coach's Decision
May 15, 2021
Caruso (foot) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Pacers, but coach Frank Vogel may hold him out so he can rest his injured right foot, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
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