Chicago Bulls Star DeMar DeRozan’s incredible start continued against the Atlanta Hawks as he tallied 35 points and 10 assists in a 130-118 victory.
However, one of the highlights was after the game when DeRozan handed over a signed pair of his shoes to rapper 2 Chainz’s son, Halo.
How far can DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls go this season?
When Chicago announced it had acquired DeRozan for a three-year contract worth $ 85 million, DeRozan and Zach LaVine’s concept sparked interest. Fast forward a few months, and DeRozan and LaVine have the Bulls (21-10) second in the Eastern Conference.
DeMar DeRozan is averaging 27 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting better than 50% from the field and over 36% from beyond the arc. He also recorded two double-doubles and was a consistent figure. Given the rebirth of the Bulls, DeRozan has risen in the MVP conversation with Zach LaVine.
DeRozan’s mid-range game continues to be one of the best around. His 3-point ability has also improved as he shoots a career-high 36.5% from the perimeter, which only adds another dimension to his game and Chicago’s offense.
After Chicago failed to qualify for the playoffs for four consecutive seasons despite Zach LaVine, the start of this season has fueled optimism. With the way the Bulls play, they could not only qualify for the playoffs, but they could also make a playoff run.
At the moment, the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks appear to be the only two teams that could potentially stop the Bulls. However, with Lonzo Ball and Nikola Vučević alongside LaVine and DeRozan, they could challenge the Nets and Bucks.
In fact, Chicago has already won two of its three games against Brooklyn (119-95 on November 8 and 111-107 on December 4). The Bulls face Milwaukee have yet to play. They have four games later this season.
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While the Chicago Bulls are almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, the brakes need to be on when it comes to championship aspirations. This season only has 31 games for Chicago, and the franchise hasn’t come out of the first round since 2015. Then again, very few expected the Atlanta Hawks or the Phoenix Suns to reach the Eastern Conference finals and West last season.