Bulls player reviews: D.J. Augustin

May, 6, 2014
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D.J. AugustinAP Photo/John RaouxD.J. Augustin often brought the spark the Bulls needed after they signed him in December.

D.J. Augustin

2013-14 salary: $650,215 | Age: 26 | Season stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.4 APG.

Season recap: Augustin was described many times as a "season-saver" by Chicago Bulls teammates and coaches after being picked up off waivers from the Toronto Raptors in December. He was the offensive spark plug the Bulls needed after losing Derrick Rose to another knee injury. Chicago leaned on Augustin offensively throughout the regular season, and he usually delivered down the stretch.

Season highlight: The diminutive point guard scored a career-high 33 points, 15 in the fourth quarter, in a victory over the Boston Celtics on March 30.

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Season lowlight: Aside from a solid stretch in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Washington Wizards, Augustin was a non-factor in the series. He did not hit shots and was bothered by the Wizards' size. Taking out his 10-for-22 performance in Game 2, Augustin was just 11-for-50 in the rest of the series.

Final grade: A-minus.

Notes: Augustin fit in well with his new teammates and thrived in a system where he was given confidence again. As Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said many times throughout the season, Augustin and the Bulls found each other at the right time.

Quotes: "He's been great," Noah said of Augustin in late March. "I'm really happy that he's part of this team. As soon as he came in he fit in right away. He's a laid-back guy, quiet guy, but he's a hell of a competitor. Plays well in the big moment. We wouldn't be in this position right now if it wasn't for him."

What's next? Augustin reiterated last week that he wants to stay in Chicago next season. The question will be whether he priced himself out of the Bulls' range. Chicago general manager Gar Forman acknowledged how much the organization likes Augustin -- but the Bulls aren't going to break the bank to sign him. If he wants big money, he'll probably have to look elsewhere.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.9 3.3 1.6 39.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.7
AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0