DeMar DeRozan Has Been Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month!

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DeMar DeRozan Has Been Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month!

Chicago Bulls

The awards keep on coming for DeMar DeRozan.

After accumulating three Player of the Week honors this season, the Chicago Bulls MVP candidate has been named the NBA’s Player of the Month for February. Luke Doncic took home the award for the Western Conference.

The Chicago Bulls went 8-5 this past month, including a six-game winning streak that saw Zach LaVine miss time due to his injured knee. DeRozan averaged an absurd 34.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 6.2 rebounds to lead the team over these 13 games. His stretch from February 6th to the 24th marked the first time in NBA history that a player scored 35+ points on at least a 50+ percent field goal percentage in eight-straight games.

In total, DeRozan scored a league-high 444 points this month, which was 97 more points than the second-place Luka Doncic and 115 more than the 3rd-place Devin Booker. He shot the 2nd-most free-throws behind Joel Embiid, tied for dishing the 10th-most assists, and (believe it or not) tied for grabbing the 6th-most steals.

The veteran forward has now become the first Bulls player to take home a Player of the Month honor since Jimmy Butler in November of 2014. He also joins a prestigious club of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Derrick Rose, and Butler as the only Bulls to ever earn the title.

I think I can speak for most Bulls fans when I say that I will NEVER forget that month of basketball from DeMar DeRozan. Not only was it a historic display of efficient bucket-getting, but it was a masterful middle finger to everyone who questioned his fit in Chicago.

Now … how about that MVP award?

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.