DeMar DeRozan was called the worst free agent signing of the offseason when the Chicago Bulls brought him in. It’s fair to say everybody in that front office and locker room are laughing their heads off right about now. Not only is the veteran guard proving to be arguably the best signing of the offseason, but he is also rapidly inserting himself into the MVP conversation. Something nobody expected a few months ago.
Every MVP needs a signature moment and DeRozan found his in a 24-hour stretch that will never be forgotten in Bulls history. One that will give Chicago fans memories of the epic Mike Brown situation from back in 2001. For those who don’t remember, Brown was the Chicago Bears‘ safety that year and he made headlines when he won back-to-back games over the 49ers and Browns with pick-six touchdowns in overtime.
DeRozan just did the same. First with this dandy on New Year’s Eve in Indianapolis.
Then he somehow topped himself with another dagger. This time on New Years Day in Washington D.C.
DeMar DeRozan has emerged as perhaps the greatest free agent steal in Bulls history and he hasn’t even played a full season yet. That is how impactful he’s already been. The guy is a practical shoo-in for an All-Star bid and the Bulls are now #1 in the Eastern Conference. They managed to do this without two of their best players in Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. Both of whom are battling health issues.
The mark of a great team is finding ways to win in tough situations. Such teams are often led by a great player. DeRozan is finally putting to bed the question of whether or not he is indeed a great player. No Bulls fans will ever dispute that claim again. All that is left to determine is what else the guy can do.