Whether he likes it or not, DeMar DeRozan’s going to have to listen to people fawn over his feats a bit longer. On Thursday, DeRozan was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of February. He joins Michael Jordan (16), Scottie Pippen (2), Derrick Rose (2), and Jimmy Butler (1) as the only Chicago Bulls to win the award.
DeRozan, who already has three Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors to his name, beat out fellow MVP hopefuls Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid for the award.
DeRozan finished the month with averages of 34.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.3 steals in 13 games. He also shot 55.3% from the field, 40% from long distance, and 87.7% from the charity stripe.
Tucked inside DeRozan’s February is his record-breaking streak of scoring 35 points on at least 50% shooting in eight straight games. The previous record-holder, Wilt Chamberlain, twice strung together six such games, first during the 1960-61 season.
The 32-year-old also set a personal-best mark, scoring 30 points in 10 consecutive games. He fell one game shy of tying Jordan’s franchise record in the Bulls’ 112-99 loss to the Heat Monday, and joked he was tired of hearing about it afterward.
In all, DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls to an 8-5 record in February while shouldering more of the scoring load with Zach LaVine and Coby White missing a combined seven games.
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