The Chicago Bulls have their first All-NBA team member since the 2017 season.
The NBA officially announced that DeMar DeRozan received Second Team honors tonight after his 5th All-Star-worthy campaign.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 25, 2022
Here’s a look at the three teams:
First Team: Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic
Second Team: Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid
Third Team: Chris Paul, Trae Young, LeBron James, Pascal Siakam, Karl-Anthony Towns
DeRozan finished the year as the NBA’s 2nd-leading scorer in total points behind only Third Team member Trae Young. He averaged a career-high 27.9 points per game to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists. In his first season with the organization – where he appeared in the second-most games (76) behind only rookie Ayo Dosunmu (77) – DeRozan helped thrust the Bulls back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign. The team’s 46 wins also marked the most since the 2014-15 season.
As the Bulls found themselves atop the Eastern Conference standings during the winter months, DeRozan started to receive MVP buzz. His 4th quarter heroics (he went on to finish as the leading bucket-getting in the 4th quarter this season) peaked when he hit back-to-back game-winning buzzer-beaters on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We also watched the Bulls’ leading scorer put together a stretch of seven -straight games with 35+ points on 50.0 percent shooting or better, which broke a seemingly unbreakable record held by Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) February 17, 2022
The accomplishment marks the third time cracking an All-NBA roster. He earned a Second Team nod in 2018 and a Third Team no in 2017. His efforts this season will not soon be forgotten by Bulls fans, especially if the franchise can use it as a way to vault itself into an even more competitive position moving forward.