Bulls rank second lowest in alley-oops

Bulls rank second lowest in alley-oops
October 18, 2013, 8:30 am
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Mark Strotman

Tom Thibodeau's Bulls are known more for being gritty and being able to grind out a game than they are known for flashy antics, so maybe this isn't all that surprising.

NBA.com compiled the stats of total alley-oop dunks by team over the last two seasons (No. 5 on that list), and the Bulls ranked 29th with 24 total alley-oops. Two seasons ago Derrick Rose helped the Bulls to 13 alley-oop dunks, while Chicago was a tick below that number last season, completing 11 dunks of that variety.

Unsurprisingly, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the leaders of "Lob City," and the Clippers lead the league with 255 alley-oop dunks in that same span. They are followed by the Nuggets (206), Lakers (147), Knicks (144) and the Heat (111). Miami's number is a bit surprising. though outside of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade the team is made up mostly of outside shooters and veterans.

It also should come as no surprise that Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs have completed just five alley-oop dunks over the last two seasons, 19 fewer than Chicago in front of them. Outside of Kawhi Leonard, there aren't too many high flyers in south Texas. That stat, however, didn't matter much by season's end, as the Spurs won the Western Conference before falling to Miami in seven games.

Check the full list in the link above and let us know which team -- high or low -- surprised you most.