In 2018, DeMar DeRozan was selected to the All-NBA 2nd Team, an honor generally reserved for that season's best performers. A title DeRozan, at the time, appeared worthy of earning.
Unfortunately, a few weeks later, all that goodwill was erased when DeRozan’s precious Raptors were expelled by Lebron James, the team's third straight defeat at the hands of The King and his royal band of subjects. This premature exit triggered a wave of revisionist history, casting a shadow over DeRozan's entire legacy.
It didn't help matters that DeRozan spent the next three seasons toiling away on the once-glorious and now-middling San Antonio Spurs while his former team secured its first-ever NBA title. In the public eye, DeRozan was no longer an All-NBA player. Heck, he was barely in the public eye at all while he toiled in relative obscurity in San Antonio; as a Spur, he didn’t make a single All-Star Game, after starting in the game during his last two seasons as a Raptor.
Fast forward to today and DeRozan is on the Chicago Bulls, where his presence on a competitive roster that caters to his strengths has the basketball world playing an entirely different tune about his standing as a player.
So now the question becomes, is DeMar DeRozan a top-10 player in the league this season?