Center Nikola Vucevic took the court for his 22nd game with the Bulls on Friday against the Celtics at the United Center.
And while it’s a small sample size, it’s fair to kid him about being a ‘‘stretch five.’’
That’s what happens when a 6-11, 260-pound banger is shooting a career-high 44% from three-point range since joining the Bulls in a trade-deadline deal with the Magic in late March.
Not that Vucevic hadn’t already embraced the three-pointer as a weapon with the Magic. The big jump came between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, when his three-point attempts per game went from 2.9 to 4.7. The seed, however, was planted before that.
‘‘It was a process for me, really,’’ said Vucevic, who turned in a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the Bulls’ 121-99 victory.