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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan is a 2022 NBA All-Star starter

well-deserved

Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Based on the fan voting, it seemed pretty obvious that DeMar DeRozan was going to be voted in as a 2022 NBA All-Star starter. Sure enough, the Bulls star was announced as a starter on Thursday night:

Not bad for a guy who got panned as the worst signing of the offseason:

While plenty of people will quibble with DeRozan’s status as a guard on the ballot, he unquestionably deserves a starting spot in the All-Star Game this season. He has helped transform the Bulls into one of the best teams in the NBA with his efficient scoring, stellar playmaking, clutch heroics and leadership.

DeRozan has been a borderline MVP candidate this season and an absolute joy to watch. I was certainly skeptical of the Bulls’ big move to get him, but it has worked out better than I could’ve ever imagined.

Meanwhile, Zach LaVine had a case to be an All-Star starter as well with DeRozan in the backcourt. LaVine finished third in the fan voting behind DeRozan and Trae Young, and it was the Hawks star who ultimately got the other East guard spot. Interestingly enough, the players voted for LaVine over Young:

Charles Barkley was a big LaVine proponent as well on the TNT broadcast, with Young noticing:

LaVine putting up big numbers on a Bulls team that’s much better than the Hawks made this a reasonable debate, but Young is putting up some truly prolific stats for the second-best offense in the NBA. LaVine is going to get voted in as a reserve, so I’m not going to sweat this too much.

So, congrats to DeMar DeRozan for this honor, and we’ll get to congratulate Zach LaVine soon enough. Here’s the full list of starters, which also includes Andrew Wiggins.