38. Demar DeRozan

We admit it.  When DeMar DeRozan joined the Chicago Bulls in 2021 in a sign and trade, we thought he would put up decent numbers but at no point did we think he could be an MVP contender at this stage in his career.  But that is what he did!

DeRozan shocked the Windy City with what was arguably his best year in Basketball, earning Second Team All-NBA accolades and a fifth trip to the All-Star Game, both for the first time in four years.  Posting a career-best 27.9 Points per Game, DeRozan led the NBA for the first times in Field Goals (774) and he helped take the Bulls back to the Playoffs.  This was the season that DeRozan needed, and he has the makeup to do it again.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the San Antonio Spurs for Al-Farouq Aminu, Thaddeus Young, a 2022 2nd Round Pick (which would be Kennedy Chandler), a 2025 1st Round Pick and a 2026 2nd Round Pick 8/11/21.
  • Games Played: 76
  • Per Game Averages:

    36.1 MP
    .518 eFG%
    .879 FT%
    27.4 PTS
    5.0 RB
    4.8 AST
    0.9 STL
    0.3 BLK

  • Advanced Stats:

    23.1 PER
    .590 TS%
    3.1 VORP
    8.8 WS

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-NBA (2022)
    All-Star (2022)
    Most Field Goals (2021-22)
    Most 2-Point Field Goals (2021-22)
    Most 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (2021-22)

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