Alex Caruso

Alex Caruso

30-Year-Old GuardG
Oklahoma City Thunder
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a four-year, $36.98 million contract with the Bulls in August of 2021. Traded to the Thunder in June of 2024.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Traded to Oklahoma City
GOklahoma City Thunder
June 20, 2024
Caruso was traded from the Bulls to the Thunder in exchange for Josh Giddey on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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After spending the first four years of his career with the Lakers, Caruso played in Chicago over the past three seasons. He had a career-best year during the 2023-24 campaign, averaging 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 28.7 minutes per game while making 71 regular-season appearances. The 30-year-old will join a talented Thunder squad that finished last season as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and he'll provide a solid shooting presence as long as he can remain healthy during the 2024-25 season. Caruso is entering the final year of his contract, but the Thunder hope to sign him to a long-term extension at some point, per Wojnarowski.
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True Shooting %
61.3%
 
Effective Field Goal %
59.3%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
61.6%
 
Free Throw Rate
17.7%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.3%
 
Defensive Rebound %
11.8%
 
Total Rebound %
7.5%
 
Assist %
16.4%
 
Steal %
2.6%
 
Block %
3.5%
 
Turnover %
10.9%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
26.5
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.9
 
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Caruso was limited to just 41 games during the 2021-22 campaign due to injuries. Although he played a career-high 67 games last season, he still dealt with a lingering foot issue that limited his availability down the stretch. When he was on the court, the 29-year-old's production declined overall. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.5 minutes per game, all down from his first year in Chicago. The Bulls tinkered with their starting lineup last season, and Caruso got the nod in 36 of his 67 appearances. The team also opted for a smaller lineup late in the year, so he took on a starting role in 18 of his last 19 outings but didn't see a significant uptick in production. The Bulls also added Jevon Carter to their backcourt during the offseason to replace Patrick Beverley, and Carter proved capable of handling a starting job during his time in Milwaukee. With Lonzo Ball out in recent years, the Bulls haven't gotten much production out of their replacement point guards. Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu haven't shown much promise when available, so it's certainly possible the team gives Carter some chances to contribute. Caruso's availability has been a significant concern throughout his career, and he struggled to showcase much upside when healthy last season. With increased competition for minutes in the backcourt, Caruso isn't necessarily a player to prioritize in fantasy drafts.
The Bulls made plenty of splashes prior to last season, including bringing in DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball. To improve their depth, they also signed Caruso away from the Lakers. After never having averaged more than 21 minutes per game with the Lakers, he logged 28 per night with the Bulls. He provided 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 three-pointers per game. His ability to defend multiple positions and play aggressive defense made him a vital team member, but he was only able to play in 41 games because of injuries. He's never played in more than 64 games during a season in his career, and his all-out style of play on the defensive end could lead to more injuries down the road. That said, the Bulls need him to have a significant role again this season, especially with Ball still battling a knee injury that forced him to have surgery. The team did sign Goran Dragic, but Caruso will be locked into plenty of minutes either way. For those in search of assists and steals past the middle rounds of the draft, Caruso is someone to pursue.
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.
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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Officially cleared to play
GChicago Bulls
April 19, 2024
Caruso (ankle) is available for Friday's Play-In Game against Miami.
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Expects to play Friday
GChicago Bulls
Ankle
April 19, 2024
Caruso (ankle), who is questionable for Friday's Play-In Game against the Heat, said that he expects to play in the matchup, Jamal Collier of ESPN.com reports.
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Likely to be game-time decision
GChicago Bulls
Ankle
April 18, 2024
Caruso (ankle), who is questionable for Friday's Play-In Game against the Heat, underwent further evaluation Thursday that revealed reduced swelling, creating increased optimism that he'll be available for the win-or-go-home matchup against Miami, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Questionable to play Friday
GChicago Bulls
Ankle
April 18, 2024
Caruso (ankle) is questionable to play Friday against the Heat.
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Dealing with ankle injury
GChicago Bulls
Ankle
April 17, 2024
Caruso generated six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal during 17 minutes of Wednesday's 131-116 win over the Hawks. He noted after the game that he sprained his left ankle during the contest, Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com reports.
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Possible extension target for OKC
GOklahoma City Thunder
June 24, 2024
Caruso, who was just acquired by the Thunder from the Bulls, is a likely candidate to be extended this season, Clemente Almanza of okcthunderwire.com reports.
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Caruso will be eligible for a four-year, $80 million contract extension six months from the date he was traded, and he is a likely candidate to receive an extension as the Thunder look toward the future. The 30-year-old could enter unrestricted free agency after this season, especially if he has a rough start to the campaign and the Thunder choose not to go the route of an extension. However, there seems to be mutual interest in getting a deal done down the road. Caruso averaged a career-high 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 71 regular-season games with the Bulls last season.
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