As no candidate has killed the competition yet, the race for the 2021/22 MVP trophy remains very open, as we reach mid-season. Each of the favorites therefore has their defenders and supporters.
DeMar DeRozan can count on the complimentary words of his former coach, Dwane Casey. After years of lobbying for his full-back in Toronto, especially at the time of the All-Star Game, the Pistons coach is delighted to see him finally achieve unanimity and be among the natural candidates for the most prestigious individual trophy.
« We don’t need to do that anymore », laughs Dwane Casey, on convincing others of DeMar DeRozan’s talent. “I hope he wins this MVP trophy and I hope he will be among the candidates. He has to be for what he does with his team. I would like him to win all the trophies possible, because he deserves it. «
For his 13th season in the league and at 32, the All-Star is perhaps delivering his best career season averaging 26.2 points at 49% shooting success and 3% at 3-pts (his record in this season). domain).
« It’s wonderful to watch », book Dwane Casey. “When you remember young DeMar in Toronto, it’s beautiful. I am proud of his development as a player. Everything has slowed down for him, he takes what we give him. He’s almost a magician on the floor. He does what he wants with the ball. And that shows his work well, I spend a lot of time with him in Los Angeles, watching him work. He does not seek the light and lets his game speak. «
This last sentence could also stick perfectly to another candidate and especially former winner of this MVP trophy: Nikola Jokic.
Because if Dwane Casey believes that DeMar DeRozan deserves some consideration, Michael Malone, he does not appreciate that we forget his pivot, also author of a very solid exercise (25.7 points, 14.1 rebounds and 7 assists).
« In terms of media attention, I think he’s one of the least respected reigning MVPs », asserts the coach of the Nuggets, who has already made this style of talk a few days ago, for ESPN. « If we open a dictionary, the word regularity, there will be a photo of Jokic. With our wounded, it’s amazing what he’s doing. «