3 Chicago Bulls players who deserve a midseason award

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Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan
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Chicago Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan is deserving of an MVP award

Other than Stephen Curry, there has not been a more important player to their own team in basketball this year than DeMar DeRozan. It is for this broad reason that DeRozan is deserving of an NBA MVP.

All of last year, the Bulls won 31 games. It’s only the beginning of February and the Bulls have already topped that number — in large part due to DeRozan’s dominance.

The veteran wing is putting up 26.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game on over 50 percent shooting from the field and a career-best 35.7 percent from three.

DeRozan has carried the Bulls this year, specifically through a number of games without Zach LaVine — among others. Key players like Lonzo Ball, Javonte Green, Alex Caruso and Patrick Williams have all missed significant time. Yet, the Bulls keep on winning.

They keep winning, and DeRozan keeps on closing games when it matters. DeRozan is one of the league’s most lethal scorers in the fourth quarter.

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There is zero question the MVP race will come down to DeRozan and Curry this year. Everyone else is in the next bracket — and hopefully, DeRozan brings home the hardware.