Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan will be the 143rd player in NBA history and the 151st player in NBA/ABA history to appear in 1,000 career games when his team faces the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. The 9th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, DeRozan became the 50th player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points in October.
DeRozan isn’t always lauded like that, but he’s certainly a future Hall of Famer.
DeRozan, a five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, has been more outspoken in recent years after battling depression. Mental Off-Court His Health DeRozan’s wins in his personal life defending his services only make his on-court achievements feel more important.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson, a stunned DeRozan said he “didn’t even think about it” when he was reminded of the impending milestone.
“It’s humbling that you just said it, especially for me who understands the history of the game,” he continues.
“Some players don’t even get a chance to come close to it. Just got the chance to get there and it’s a huge milestone. A lot of games.”
The 33-year-old DeRozan is currently averaging 26.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1 steal per game while shooting 50.6% from the field. He’s clearly still playing at a high level, he’s one of the most durable players in NBA history, and DeRozan is expected to stay in the league for a few more years.
Then we’ll see where DeMar DeRozan ends up on our list of the greatest career games of all time.