DeMar DeRozan Continues Resurgence, Leads Bulls to Playoff Berth

After a renaissance season in 2022-23 that saw him earn his fifth All-Star selection, Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan has continued his stellar play in the 2023-24 campaign, helping guide the team to a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

The 34-year-old DeRozan is averaging 25.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game, shooting an efficient 49.3% from the field. His combination of mid-range scoring prowess, playmaking and leadership has been instrumental in the Bulls’ success this season.

“DeMar has been the anchor for us all year long,” said Bulls head coach Billy Donovan. “His consistency, two-way impact and ability to raise the level of his teammates makes him so valuable. We’re going to need him to keep playing at this high level as we head into the playoffs.”

DeRozan’s play has been particularly impressive given that he’s doing it without his co-star Zach LaVine, who missed substantial time earlier in the season due to a knee injury. The veteran swingman has stepped up to carry a heavier offensive load, showcasing the well-rounded game that has made him one of the league’s most consistent scorers over the past decade.

“I just try to do whatever it takes to win – whether that’s scoring, facilitating, defending, providing veteran leadership,” said DeRozan. “This team has a lot of heart and resilience, and I’m proud to be a part of it. We still have work to do, but I like where we’re at heading into the postseason.”

With DeRozan leading the way, the Bulls will look to make a deep playoff run and potentially challenge the conference’s elite teams. His continued excellence has been a major bright spot in what has been an up-and-down season for the franchise.

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