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DeMar DeRozan says former coach Greg Popovich advised him to flop more

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 15: DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls in action against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half during a preseason game at United Center on October 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 118-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The new offensive rules have put the entire NBA in transition. We’ve already seen players have to adjust their style of play to acclimate. With those players amid that process, DeMar DeRozan has maintained form. The Bulls swingman has made his way to the line at the same rate as in past seasons. When asked about it, he gave a simple answer as to why that’s been the case.

“I don’t know, I don’t flop. That’s not a knock on anyone who flops. My mentality is to always try to be aggressive… When I was in San Antonio, Pop pulled me to the side one year and he told me I need to start flopping or try to flop. Because I wasn’t getting calls that I should get cause I absorb so much of the contact.”

DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan’s has proven to be an outlier as some players have already been affected by the rule changes. While the others continue to go through the motions, DeRozan and his Bulls have taken full advantage. The 13-year veteran is averaging 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists this season.

DeRozan’s approach to the game

During his NBA career, DeMar DeRozan became one of the more underappreciated talents in the league. A lot of that has to do with his playoff performances. While substantial, it has prevented many of us from discerning the parts of the game where he thrives.

Though he doesn’t hit three-point jumpers proficiently, he makes up for it with his playmaking ability. He remains a viable threat in the post and can make his way to the rim with relative ease. Despite the league’s shift towards outside shooting, these attributes have played a significant role in his growth as an offensive threat.

On this Chicago Bulls team, DeRozan brings veteran leadership and adds scoring depth and playmaking. Thus far, his addition to the team alongside Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and others has proven fruitful. Chicago currently ranks atop the Eastern Conference at a red hot, 4-0 start.

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