Basketball Pickups: Alex Caruso steps up on Friday

Is it too soon to evaluate the potential of NBA teams?

Dan Patrick looks around the NBA and tries to determine how good a few teams are this early in the season, including the Lakers, Mavericks, and Celtics.

The Bulls have been the subject of heated debate, with reports claiming that the team is on the verge of disbanding. 

The Bulls have their stars, but they also have supplementary contributors like Alex Caruso (29%), who will be valuable on the trade market if the team decides to part ways with some of its top players.

In 23 minutes of action against the Hornets, he was sensational, scoring 18 points with one rebound, three steals, two blocks, and four 3-pointers.

Caruso has a game that allows him to provide fantasy value no matter what happens with his shot.

Given the presence of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic, Caruso is the only Bulls player ranked among the top 50 in 9-cat per game value.

 Caruso's fantasy value is limited unless he is traded to a team that will use him for more than 30 minutes per game, but there is still good value to be had.

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