CDW/Lenovo Bulls Player of the Year is Nocioni
Andrés Nocioni has been named Chicago Bulls CDW/Lenovo Player of the Year for the 2005-06 season. The 6-7, 225-pound forward is the only Bull that will appear in all 82 games this season, including 43 starting assignments.
“Andrés epitomizes what the Chicago Bulls represent through his dedication to the game and to his team. His positive attitude, relentless effort, passion and hard work are great examples for everyone,” said John Paxson, Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
In his second season, Nocioni improved in nearly every statistical category, posting averages of 13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.4 apg in 27.3 mpg. He has also shot .460 from the field, including .392 from three-point range, and .839 from the free throw line. He has led the team in rebounding 19 times and in scoring 14 times. He has also registered a team-high 12 double-doubles (all point-rebound), including a streak of eight in a row – the fifth-longest streak in the NBA this season.
Versus Orlando on March 28, Nocioni scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. That game also started a string of eight consecutive double-doubles for the Argentina native, the longest streak by a Bull since Elton Brand also tabbed eight in a row during the 2000-01 season. During his stretch, Nocioni averaged 18.9 ppg and 11.9 rpg.
He hauled in a career-high 17 rebounds, including 16 defensive boards, and scored 20 points to help Chicago post a 104-101 victory over the red-hot New Jersey Nets on April 11.
During the 2006 All-Star Weekend in Houston, Nocioni was selected to participate in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. He finished with 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal off the bench, helping the Sophomore team to a 106-96 victory.