As the Bulls currently sit outside the play-in tournament, having multiple players selected for the All-Star team seemed improbable at best. Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic were all eligible to be chosen, but it seems only DeRozan was selected for the most prestigious list.
DeMar DeRozan Mid-Season Review
DeMar DeRozan shocked the NBA world last year when he turned back time to average 27 points per game for the Chicago Bulls. A year later, his stats are nearly identical to last year, averaging just shy of 27 points per game and five rebounds and assist per game. The difference between last year and now is simply the team record. DeRozan is the leader of this team, but he only had a chance to make it. The remaining eligible players on the Bulls roster did not.
Zach LaVine Mid-Season Review
After signing a $216 million max contract over the summer, Zach LaVine is held to a higher standard both by the fanbase and the media. As of now, he has severely underperformed this season. LaVine’s average dipped to 23.7 points per game while shooting a slightly lower field goal and three-point percentage than last season. LaVine’s slow start to the season hurt his case for making the All-Star team. At 27 and playing most of the season, it’s not promising that a 2x All-Star fails to make the team. This could be used as motivation for LaVine this offseason to get his game back on track.
Nikola Vucevic Mid-Season Review
While the Bulls failed to reach a contract extension with Nikola Vucevic, which is the direct result of him being in multiple trade rumors, he is currently playing his best basketball in a Bulls uniform. His 17.6 points per game and 11 rebounds per game this year are identical to his averages last season, almost to the last decimal, but his improved shooting percentages tip the scale. Vucevic is shooting 52% from the field and 37% from behind the three-point line, which is better than last season and significantly better than his career shooting percentages. He has become a reliable stretch big man, which the Bulls desperately needed. The east front court is very stacked. Otherwise, Vucevic could’ve found his way to another All-Star selection.
Lavine wasn’t snubbed! He is absolutely not an allstar this year and I could make a very convincing argument that DeRozan isn’t either.