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Is DeRozan & Lavine Underrated or Elite?

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Chicago Hot Start

This young bulls team has been impressive so far this season. Chicago hold the 1 seed in the eastern conference at 26-10 with an .722 winning percentage. The highest winning percentage in the eastern conference. At nine game winning streak they are beating most teams above .500 so far. In the power rankings they are also number one playing at a good pace holding teams only to thrireen points in the defense end. They have veterans and young players that all buy in and contribute in a high level. Lonzo Ball leads in assist, Alex Caruso leads in steals, and Vucevic leads in rebounds. But nothing is quite exciting like the duo of Lavine and DeRozan.

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Top two players of the bulls Zach Lavine who average 26.4, and DeMar DeRozan averaging 26.5 are the most impressive duo. Many believe that adding DeMar may not fit because him and Lavine already have similarities on the court. ESPN predicted Bulls could generate 40-42 wins this season, which could put them above .500 or worst case scenario play in tournament. This can be far away from the truth. So far thru have been dynamic on the offense big end.

DeMar DeRozan Shot Chart

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DeMar DeRozan shooting 48.9% (314/642) overall and 35.7% (25/70) from three in 33 games this season according to the shot chart above. DeRozan is lethal in the mid range and he has the ability to slash to the basketball with ingenuity at will. DeMar DeRozan is the first player to hit buzzer beaters in back-to-back games. Bulls were able to beat the Pacers on Dec. 31, and the Wizards the following schedule game.

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Zach LaVine has shot 49.7% (325/654) overall and 41.4% (106/256) from three in 34 games this season. LaVine has an all around game, and he able to shoot the ball from deep, beat you to the basket with his quickstep. Not only that be he very creative finisher similar to DeRozan. Both have terrific athletic ability and willing to score at will.

Zach LaVine Shot Chart

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The two of them together on the floor are more lethal. The combination of both guards giving the offense more opportunities to be effective on the offense side of the ball. The more effective the offense is, the more options for the team to score. LaVine continue to shoot well will open the floor with also the option for him to attack the basket and draw the foul. DeRozan as well can shoot well behind the three point line, but can cause damage in the paint and torch you around the mid range. With so much attention being draw towards the two for there offense ability this will give more opportunities to Lonzo who also has been shooting well this season. LaVine and DeRozan on the floor can really make it hard on teams to stay in front of them. They are on there way on being the best scoring duel and are also reaching Chicago bulls own accolades since Jordan and Pippen. Below you can see teammates to finish top 10 in scoring in the same season over the past 10 years. LaVine and DeRozan lead this year.

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Notice that only four players have won a title from the list above. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. What's unique about DeMar and LaVine is that they are on this list as a member of the Chicago bulls. The last time we have seen two elite scorers in a Chicago bulls jersey was Micheal Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The way DeMar and Zach play is closer to the legendary duel that we witness many years before.

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As the season continues to go on we have not yet seen this duo do anything else but loose consistently. They have risen the bar when it comes playing basketball. Watching them play you see the chemistry that allow the to establish astonished offence that exemplifies there hard work on a night in night out basis. It resonates with there team and the other players also buy in and play is well. The question can they continue this work of excellence at a high level? The answer is yes, they can and nothing right now seem to slow down this roster. The next question most people may also be thinking of . Are they underrated in today's NBA? and that answer is yes, but they are also Elite team. You still have teams like the defending champs the Milwaukee Bucks and a Elite Brooklyn Nets team with three top notch players Durant,James, and Irving. So putting them over the others may be a hard pill to swallow . At the end fans Chicago fans wouldn't be surprised to see there bulls upset alot of teams this year. Chicago still have a way to go but they are indeed will not be easy to just get over in the eastern conference.

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