The Chicago Bulls star is averaging 26.8 PPG and has been pivotal in the Bulls’ fantastic season so far. 

DeMar DeRozan carried the Bulls to victory with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for the second day in a row. His shot from the corner between two Washington defenders on Saturday night sent the Bulls past the Wizards 120-119. This win marked their seventh in a row and sent them to the top of the eastern conference. On Friday night, He scored a 28-footer at the buzzer to beat the Indiana Pacers 108-106. DeRozan is the first player to hit game-winning buzzer-beaters on back-to-back days.

“I don’t know if I’m dreaming or if it’s real right now,”

With the win on Saturday, the Bulls improved to 24-10 and sit top of the Eastern Conference. They haven’t lost since Dec. 11 and their star man DeRozan is averaging 26.8 points, five rebounds and 4.6 assists. 

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MVP Contender? 

Through the first 20 games of the season, it had become obvious that DeRozan was delivering an MVP-caliber season. He should be in the discussion, alongside Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Giannis & Jokic. His exploits this season have the Bulls in first place in the East and DeRozan currently sixth in scoring. The Bulls finished 10 games below .500 last season. With DeRozan on board, the Bulls are now on pace to win 58 games. External confidence is building, and for good reason. 

The Bulls have weathered every storm sent their way: 10 new players joining the roster this offseason, multiple injuries, snatching 17 of the team’s players and head coach Billy Donovan, and stretches of subpar play. Now they’re about to be fully healthy. When the Bulls return to the court Monday against Orlando, they’ll likely welcome back pivotal backcourt players. The likes Lonzo Ball (health and safety protocols) and Alex Caruso(sprained foot), two pieces who are critical to the team’s defense. If the Bulls are capable of getting victories without key players, imagine how good they could be with a healthy roster.