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Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan 'Easily Top 2' Candidate For NBA MVP

Stephen A. Smith is a notoriously harsh critic, but he offered plenty of praise for DeMar DeRozan when discussing NBA MVP candidates.
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With NBA All-Star Weekend buzz billowing out of Cleveland, the national media has been raving about the Chicago Bulls. One of the harshest critics in the NBA, Stephen A. Smith, had high praise for DeMar DeRozan.

"DeMar DeRozan, of the Chicago Bulls, is a leading candidate for league MVP honors. If he talked more, if was a bit more loquacious, fun-loving, and all of this other stuff that other people want to throw into the mix, we'd be talking about him more. There is nothing to say about this brother's game. This brother is averaging 28 points a game, 51% shooting, okay, 34% from three-point range -- which by the way is an improvement because the last three years he has shot 25% or less from three-point range. He is up to nearly 35% from three-point range. By the way, without Zach LaVine, he has stepped up his game even more...He has been nothing short of sensational," Smith explained.

Stephen A. ran through all the other candidates but continued to harp on how underappreciated DeRozan is.

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It has been truly remarkable to watch DeRozan continue to improve in all aspects of his game this season. With the Bulls roster depleted due to injuries, especially Zach LaVine's knee problems, DeRozan has been the main reason Chicago is near the top of the East.

Only time will tell if DeMar DeRozan earns 2021-22 NBA MVP honors. But if he continues to carry the Bulls -- and do so in historic fashion -- he will have an excellent chance to bring home the hardware.