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As the Chicago Bulls continue to enjoy a season of rebirth, their leader DeMar DeRozan is absolutely the primary reason for this special rise — guiding the whole franchise to the ultimate prize that they haven’t claimed yet since the magical times of Michael Jordan in the 90s. 

And in the eyes of the newcomer Tristan Thompson, what DeRozan is showing on a nightly basis is truly deserving of an MVP award. 

The veteran big man has no second thoughts about the MVP campaign of DeRozan, further pointing out that the star swingman must take the award because of the hard carry it continues to do amid the unavailability of their other fellow key players in the Windy City. 

“He’s the league MVP in my eyes,” Thompson told Julia Poe of Chicago Tribune about DeRozan. “Flat out. What he’s able to be doing with Zach out and with Zo and AC out … for him to be able to just hold the fort down and keep that ship right, that’s what an MVP does.”

As Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso went to the sidelines for a significant time due to injury issues this season, DeRozan willed the Bulls to a top seed in the competitive Eastern Conference. As it is, he is deserving of a place in the MVP conversation. 

Currently, DeRozan is averaging 28.1 points per game, the fourth-highest in the league. As such, in the Bulls’ last win against the Sacramento Kings before entering the All-star break, the 32-year-old swingman nailed a 38-point output, becoming the first player in NBA history to have 35+ points in 50 percent efficiency on a seven-game stretch. To further highlight that amazing tear, he missed the service of Ball and Caruso in those seven occasions, with Lavine for only three straight games. 

As Chicago is currently tied with the Miami Heat (38-21) at the first seed of their conference, DeRozan deserves every single credit for what he has done and contributed for the red and black. If he continues to sustain this legendary streak while maintaining the Bulls at the upper echelon, the capturing of the MVP award is undeniably a possibility.