4. DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan is a six-time All-Star and one of the best scorers of this generation, but he rarely gets mentioned among the league’s elite. It could be because of his throwback game or lack of playoff success. No matter the reason, DeRozan rarely gets enough credit for what he has accomplished.
He has averaged over 20 points per game for ten straight seasons. It is more impressive when considering he is a below-average 3-point shooter. DeRozan gets to the bucket and is a mid-range master. The 6’6 wing is unstoppable and will keep getting buckets.
The Bulls have already ruled out Lonzo Ball for the entire season, and Zach LaVine is back in the trade rumors. A slow start could cause the Bulls to blow it up and rebuild. DeRozan is on an expiring contract, so he could be on the trade block regardless if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal.
Adding DeMar DeRozan gives the Hawks another elite scorer and improves their versatility. At 6’6, he can play two through four. Atlanta could go small in the playoffs or beef up, depending on the matchup. DeRozan is not an elite defender, but Murray can handle the toughest perimeter option. The 34-year-old adds flexibility and star power, but the Hawks will likely be after a more marquee talent.