DeMar DeRozan’s demolition of the Los Angeles Clippers fuels talk of a prestigious award.

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DeMar DeRozan’s demolition of the Los Angeles Lakers fuels talk of a prestigious award.

It might not have come as a huge surprise to learn that the Bulls had an MVP candidate a month into the NBA season back in October.

It’s just that most people expected star guard Zach LaVine to be the one.

But here we are in mid-November, and the Bull getting MVP buzz isn’t LaVine—it’s DeMar DeRozan, a newcomer to Chicago.

DeRozan was dominant in two games against LA teams on Sunday and Monday, scoring 35 points in a win over the Clippers and 38 points in a high-profile matchup against the Lakers after a rough start to Chicago’s road trip against Golden State on Friday.

DeRozan is now averaging 26.9 points per game, shooting 51.0 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.

He adds 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists to his stat line.

With the Bulls now at 10-4, many observers have noted that, while catching the likes of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will be difficult, DeRozan has earned an early-season spot in the MVP conversation.

“Is DeMar DeRozan an MVP candidate right now?” The Athletic’s Twitter account asked on Monday.

Tonight against the Lakers, I had 38 points, 1523 FG, 6 AST, 1 BLK, and 1 STL.

This season, he has averaged 26.9 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game.

Is DeMar DeRozan currently a MVP candidate? pic.twitter.com24FjzbcSg1

November 16, 2021 — The Athletic (@TheAthletic)

Even before DeRozan’s 73-point outburst in Los Angeles, USA Today’s For the Win site wondered if he was “REALLY” a candidate.

Here are some arguments for and against DeMar DeRozan being an MVP candidate.https:t.coEkW0mviJZE

— November 15, 2021, For The Win (@ForTheWin)

DeRozan would be a good longshot pick at plus-12,500, according to Yahoo Sportsbook, the site’s gambling division.

DeMar DeRozan is averaging 26 points per game this season and has the most fourth-quarter points in the NBA.

((plus)12500) pic.twitter.comToGdVCho6c DeMar for MVP? ((plus)12500) pic.twitter.comToGdVCho6c

15 November 2021, courtesy of Yahoo Sportsbook (@YahooSportsbook).

DeRozan is a master of the two-point shot.

This is undeniably sweet justice for DeRozan, who has been chastised in the modern NBA for focusing his game on midrange shots, which have become unfashionable in an increasingly analytical era.

Long 2-pointers, at least for most players, aren’t a reliable foundation for an offensive attack.

Most players are not DeRozan.

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