The Chicago Bulls’ season ended three weeks ago, but the people who called DeMar DeRozan the worst acquisition of the offseason just took another L.
The 32-year-old DeRozan, who scored a career-best 27.9 points per game this season, was named to the All-NBA Second Team Tuesday.
DeRozan received two First-Team votes.
This is the third time in DeRozan’s 13-year career that he’s been deemed one of the 15-best players in the league. The first two times were in 2017 (Second Team) and 2018 (Third Team) while he was a member of the Toronto Raptors. He is the first Bull to receive All-NBA honors since Jimmy Butler (2017).
Joining DeRozan on the Second Team are Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Joel Embiid. Luka Dončić, Devin Booker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum, and Nikola Jokić were awarded First-Team honors, while Trae Young, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Pascal Siakam, and Karl-Anthony Towns make up the Third Team.
Behind DeRozan’s MVP-worthy campaign, in which he finished fifth in the league in scoring and a hair behind Embiid for most points scored in the clutch, the Bulls raced to the top of the Eastern Conference. They remained there through late February before a 7-13 finish dropped them to sixth place.
Still, considering the role he played in helping the franchise to its highest win total in seven years and its first playoff appearance in five years, Tuesday’s announcement felt like a formality, if not poetic justice.
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