DeMar DeRozan Continues to Make an MVP Case in Chicago

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA this season in points-per-game in the 4th quarter.
Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA this season in points-per-game in the 4th quarter. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

If the NBA MVP award is given to the league's most dominant player, few would disagree that Steph Curry (+110), Kevin Durant (+225), Giannis Antetokoumpo (+600) and last year's recipient, Nikola Jokic (+1200) don't warrant top billing on WynnBET Sportsbook's odds board.

If you're discussing which player has been most "valuable," however, there's a serious case to be made for Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan, who could be this year's biggest value bet at odds of 75/1, or +7500.

The 32-year old veteran swingman signed a three-year deal with Chicago this offseason after three seasons playing for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. Through 25 games, DeRozan is putting up comparable numbers to his top season in Toronto; dropping just under 27 points a game, 5.2 boards, and 4.2 assists with the Bulls.

While those stats should warrant consideration on their own, it's what DeRozan has accomplished during crunch time that furthers his case.

Nobody Is Better Than DeMar DeRozan in the Fourth Quarter This Season

Via ESPN Stats and Info, there has been no better scorer this season in the fourth quarter than the Bulls' forward. DeRozan is scoring 8.2 points-per-game in the fourth, No. 1 in the NBA while shooting 54 percent and also hitting 91% from free throw range. If those numbers continue, he'd be the first player in 25 full seasons to accomplish this.

Despite coming off the COVID-19 list earlier in the week and missing several of his teammates, DeRozan picked right back where he left off Sunday evening against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. He finished the ballgame with 38 points, including 19 of them coming in the fourth.

Bulls fans don't seem to care what his odds are over at WynnBET, but they appear to know an MVP candidate when they see one.

Chicago finishes the second leg of its back-to-back at home when it hosts the Houston Rockets as 6-point favorites.