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Bulls player review: Nazr Mohammed

5/28/2013

Nick Friedell looks at each player on the Chicago Bulls roster and how they fit in for the future.

Nazr Mohammed

2012-13 salary: $854,389 | Age: 35 | Season stats: 2.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Season recap: Mohammed rarely played in the first three months of the season but managed to provide some minutes for Tom Thibodeau with some solid play down the stretch and into the postseason.

Season highlight: Numbers-wise, Mohammed had a solid game on April 12 in a loss to the Toronto Raptors, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds. But the biggest impact he had in a game might have been in the Bulls' triple-overtime thriller against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in which he scored nine points and had six rebounds in almost 19 minutes.

Season lowlight: Mohammed's most memorable moment as a Bull was probably also his lowest point. It came in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in which he shoved LeBron James to the floor and was ejected.

Final grades: Regular season: C Postseason: C

Notes: Mohammed filled the role that Kurt Thomas played for the Bulls during the 2010-2011 season. He stayed prepared despite going several months without playing and never complained publicly about his lack of playing time. Obviously, the Bulls missed Omer Asik more than anyone from the old Bench Mob, and they still miss his presence now. But Mohammed did what he could in limited minutes as the Bulls got about what they had hoped from him on the floor down the stretch.

Quotes: "It's one of those things that happened so fast, you don't know what's going to happen, but instincts kick in," Mohammed said after his Game 3 ejection against the Heat. "When a guy pushes me down, instinctively, I'm going to get up and do something. Sometimes, you have to fight your instincts and do what's right. I'm disappointed I didn't fight my instincts well enough tonight because I could have probably helped the team a little more."

What's next?: Mohammed is not expected to be re-signed by the Bulls as they look to go younger to find a backup for Joakim Noah.