There was a lot of skepticism surrounding the Chicago Bulls’ acquisition of DeMar DeRozan during the offseason. Not only did the Bulls trade a decent amount for holdings, they gave him nearly $ 82 million over three years as part of the signing and swapping deal. But instead of backfiring on that move, DeRozan has been worth every penny and more, helping the Bulls climb the standings to become one of the best teams in the NBA.
DeRozan’s play has been exemplary, and at this point in the 2021-22 season, he belongs in the MVP conversation. He is averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the field for a 19-10 Bulls team, which places them second in the Eastern Conference behind the Brooklyn. Nets.
Plus, DeRozan’s on / off divisions are overwhelmingly in his favor, and his performances when the game matters most have been deadly. The Bulls star leads the NBA in fourth quarter scorecard at 8.0, and only Jayson Tatum has more fourth quarter points overall. DeRozan is shooting over 54% in the fourth quarter this season.
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DeRozan’s steady hand in the clutch has been crucial in a number of wins and just another reason he deserves MVP consideration. While surely behind some of the top contenders, I discussed his place in the MVP discussion on the latest episode of Blue Wire’s Cash Considerations podcast:
“He’s an All-NBA guy right now, you could say he’s one of the top five MVP contenders, behind the top three from KD, Steph, Jokic. You could probably put it at # 4 now. … Considering the Bulls’ record state, its statistics, its prowess in times of crisis, it is definitely a marginal MVP. He’s not going to win, that’s for sure. These other guys, they’ve got bigger names, the Warriors have the best record in the league, or right there. Jokic is historically awesome with his numbers. Guess Giannis is there too, maybe you could probably put Giannis on top of DeRozan. But maybe right there at # 5, # 4, # 5. Just a stellar season so far, silencing all enemies.
Once again, DeMar DeRozan will almost certainly not win the MVP title this season. But just like Joakim Noah in 2013-14, he currently deserves to be on the sidelines of the conversation given his performance this season. Put some respect on his name.
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