DeMar DeRozan Rumors

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DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan
Position: G-F
Born: 08/07/89
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $27,739,975
He said Davis has played at an MVP level, but that the Rockets’ record – with a 15-game lead on the Pelicans going into Saturday’s game – is too great to overcome. “He’s been fantastic. He’s been unbelievable,” Gentry said of Davis. “I think the only difference in him not being heavily, heavily in the conversation is obvious we haven’t had the type of season that a Houston has had or a Toronto has had, you know with (DeMar) DeRozan and those guys. But other than that, what he’s done and what he’s meant to our season, it can’t be expressed in words. He’s truly an MVP candidate. We just don’t have the wins that those teams have and I think that’s the difference in where he is on the scale of MVP as opposed to Harden or DeRozan.”
We see iso-greats like Harden and Westbrook in what we call “settle dribbles” frequently, rocking the ball back and forth before attacking. DeRozan will settle-dribble too, just not for nearly as long and not as often. Some great scorers are the type that attack with no real plan, trusting skills and craft as they improvise. Less efficient but often still productive, they are hard to scheme for defensively because of their ability to find creases. DeRozan is different. Scouts like to use the phrase “he knows where he wants to go,” and this fits DeMar perfectly. Study his “shot frequency” chart (I use Ben Falk’s “Cleaning the Glass” for these kinds of data and charts) and you will see where DeRozan is likely headed: to the rim, the paint, or the left wing.
DeRozan, a proud native of Compton, California, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. The Lakers had retired Bryant’s two jersey numbers the night before. DeRozan had surely watched. Ujiri told DeRozan he could be Toronto’s Kobe — a lifetime player who defines a franchise and, maybe, brings it championship glory. But to get there — to push this live-wire Toronto team to its full potential — DeRozan had to start shooting more 3-pointers.
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They empowered DeRozan because they knew he was prepared. “When everyone has that kind of confidence in you — that you can carry a franchise — it gives you that extra confidence,” DeRozan says. “For them to say I could be in [Kobe’s] position — it was an honor accepting that fully.” The next night against Charlotte, DeRozan went 3-of-4 from deep. Two nights later in Philly, he drained 6-of-9 — a performance so stunning, the shots flying off his fingertips so fast, you had to check to make sure it was actually DeMar DeRozan, king of the midrange.
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Selling DeRozan and Lowry might prove harder. “Go to any superstar and say, ‘We’re changing our offense, and we’re taking some of your minutes away,'” Casey says. “So many would look at you sideways and tell you to take a leap.” DeRozan was diligent, but it wasn’t easy at first. Lowry verbalized his frustration early in the season. “They were a little resistant at times, to be honest,” Nurse says. “Even still, Kyle has these moments when he’s kicking out passes, and guys are missing, and he’s getting pissed.”
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