Say what you will about their chances of competing for a title next year, but as an offseason propaganda machine, the Chicago Bulls are second to none. Take DeMar DeRozan and Dalen Terry this week for example.
The spotlight caught Patrick Williams going toe-to-toe with Paul George and Evan Mobley. Ayo Dosunmu looks ready to square up without any idea of a sophomore slump and free-agent signee Goran Dragić nailed a game-winning three against Turkey.
But all that, it turns out, was just an appetizer for the respective shows their teammates, Dalen Terry and DeMar DeRozan, put on Saturday.
Nearly a week after his victorious — yet vanilla — debut in the Drew League, Dalen Terry decorated The CrawsOverwith56 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists.
The Seattle Pro-Am founder and former Chicago Bulls guard, Jamal Crawford, promised Terry would give this performance two days earlier.
The 18th-overall pick seemed hard pressed to top his near 50-point triple-double. But he’s going to take a crack at doing so Sunday.
Meanwhile, on the strength of his 35 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, DeMar DeRozan helped lead the second-seeded MMV Cheaters to an 81-77 victory in the first round of the Drew League playoffs.
DeRozan was predictably spectacular in the fourth quarter. He scored 17 points, converting side-step pull-ups and step-through bank shots in the process to keep Undisputed at bay.
But it was this sequence in the final frame, where DeRozan really stood out. He stripped one player, blocked another, then turned away his original assignment a second time.
The Cheaters square off against Black Pearl Elite, the No. 3 seed, in the second round at 2:15 CST Sunday.