1. DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
DeRozan had some amazing years in Toronto on some Raptors team that had some postseason success, especially that amazing 2016-17 season, but he’s putting up identical numbers in most offensive categories in Chicago.
However, DeRozan may be outperforming his All-Star year a half-decade ago when you look at his shooting percentages.
DeRozan is scoring slightly less (26.8 points per game vs 27.3 in 2016-17), but he has improved his shooting percentage up to 49.5% while dishing out 4.6 assists per game. DeRozan has also been a magician in the clutch, nailing multiple buzzer-beating shots for Billy Donovan’s Bulls.
Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan is a dominant scorer right now.
DeRozan is not putting up empty stats on a bad team with the Bulls, as Chicago currently holds the top seed in the conference despite a COVID-19 outbreak that decimated the roster. If he isn’t an All-Star starter this year, it would be an egregious error.
After teams of putting up elite production in Toronto and getting overshadowed, Chicago’s rapid turnaround has the national media slobbering over DeRozan. As Raptors fans are well aware, DeRozan is one of the most ruthless scorers in the clutch we’ve seen in the last 20 years.