The Chicago Bulls aren’t exactly a contending team right now, but it’s not due to a lack of star power.
If anything, it’s more a thing of team fit and the fact that other teams are simply deeper and better right now.
That’s why some analysts and fans believe the best way to go back to contention is by trading DeMar DeRozan away and starting a long-overdue rebuild.
DeRozan should gauge an interesting trade value in return, as he’s still one of the best scorers in the league.
As a matter of fact, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic even believes he’s Hall of Fame material (via NBACentral).
Is DeMar DeRozan a hall of famer?
“DeRozan now sits 39th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, right behind Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. Everyone in the top 47 in scoring has or will make the Hall.” 👀
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) August 11, 2023
His main argument to back his case as a Hall of Famer is the fact that he’s currently No. 39 on the all-time scoring list, adding that all players in the top 47 have either made or will make the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Then again, as good as DeRozan is, maybe we’re getting a bit carried away with this Hall of Fame case.
He’s a six-time All-Star and has made it to three All-NBA teams, but has struggled mightily in the postseason and has never been an MVP candidate or led the league in scoring or anything like that.
As of now, Basketball Reference gives him a 42.4% chance of making the Hall of Fame.
And even if that ends up being his fate, it would be hard to think of him as a first-ballot inductee, with all due respect to him.NEXT: Gilbert Arenas Claims 1 Legendary NBA Team Started Small-Ball Trend