After a career year with the Chicago Bulls, the newly-acquired DeMar DeRozan was constantly in the conversation for the illustrious MVP award. Unfortunately, injuries plagued the Bulls which resulted in their overall record taking a massive hit, ultimately affecting his MVP case in the process.
As the Bulls continued to drop in the Eastern Conference rankings as did DeRozan’s position in the MVP running but no worries, DeRozan will make an even bigger case for the award next season. If the Bulls can remain whole next year, do not be surprised if you see the Compton native hoisting up the MVP award at the conclusion of the season.
According to a tweet by Legion Hoops, Luka Doncic is the odds-on favorite to win the MVP award next season.
Do you notice anything about the graphic? DeRozan is not even amongst the top 5 favorites for the MVP award going into next season. Even though he was top 10 in the league in scoring and led the Bulls to the playoffs despite all the injuries they faced.
Here’s why DeMar DeRozan will make a case for MVP with the Chicago Bulls next season.
The MVP award is solely based on two significant factors, a player’s individual performance, and how that player helps his team when it comes to winning. DeMar is fully capable of checking both of those boxes this upcoming season.
Last season DeMar averaged a career-high 27.9 points per game while shooting 50.4% from the field, he also shot a career-high 35% from three. DeRozan also hit several big shots during the season, to help the Bulls seal several key games. It was evident that DeRozan was the go-to guy for the Bulls last year.
DeRozan’s ability to create his own shot at will and place the team on his back is all MVP-like tendencies. Coming up short last year will only fuel DeMar to lead the Bulls to a deeper playoff run, increasing his MVP chances in the process.
With Zach LaVine back on a max contract and the return of Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso from injury. The Bulls will be right where they left off before the injury bug affected them. Top 3 in the East with DeRozan as their primary scorer.
DeMar does not look like he is slowing down anytime soon, he seems to have found his home in Chicago and it shows in his play. Being able to play freely and on a team that plays an exciting brand of basketball will continue to help his performance.
Next season, with a healthy team and DeRozan at the forefront, not only will the Chicago Bulls finish with a higher seed in the Eastern Conference but Derozan will be in the MVP conversation. The odds may have him out right now but Bulls fans don’t worry, DeRozan will show why he belongs. Making him the perfect dark horse candidate for the MVP award.