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Old 01-05-2011, 05:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DeRozan just scores. He hasnít been terribly efficient during his first two N.B.A. seasons, but he has shown the basic tools and work ethic necessary to develop into a stable, efficient scoring threat. His inefficiency has mostly been a matter of approach; DeRozan tends to settle for midrange jumpers too often, a curious decision given his athleticism. In his last two games, DeRozan seemed to be have turned over a new leaf. He displayed a new-found willingness to attack the basket, and was rewarded with 14 free-throw attempts against the Rockets on New Yearís Eve and eight free throw attempts against the Celtics on Sunday. Getting to the line is one of the pillars of offensive efficiency, and that rush of free throw attempts is part of the reason why DeRozan scored a two-game total of 64 points on only 46 shots.

Those who would call for DeRozan to expand his game are well intentioned, but itís tantamount to bloodletting. Asking DeRozan to become less of a scorer and more of a jack-of-all-trades swingman would require that he release the essence of who he is in an effort to cure some misunderstood malady. The problem isnít that DeRozan doesnít assist enough or rebound enough, itís that heís still figuring out how to go about his business efficiently. The last two games have been a bit of a breakthrough, but theyíre only the beginning. DeRozan needs to prove that heís willing to use his athleticism to get shots in the paint and draw fouls, lest he tumble into the ranks of the inefficient.

DeRozan isnít much of a passer, or a rebounder, or a 3-point shooter. He isnít a lock-down defender or a point forward. Yet instead of trying to hedge those weaknesses, DeRozan seems best served to build on his strengths. Even if DeRozanís scoring-centric game makes him a bit of an endangered species, his gift for shooting and driving is obvious and he has a great feel for getting to the rim. DeRozan just needs to continue to do so, and by better using his athleticism to augment his scoring, DeRozan can become a reliable source of points for Toronto, and an impressive player on his own terms.

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