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Old 12-13-2011, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Default DeRozan's new role + has he added range to his jumper?

Consider it another National Basketball Association life lesson for DeRozan, who, despite being just 21, is emerging as the centrepiece of a developing Toronto team.

A question, however, remains: Is DeRozan up for it?

“It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a good pressure,” Casey said between the two Tuesday practice sessions, absent from which was Leandro Barbosa with a sore right knee – the only injury concern so far at training camp.

“As a 21-year-old, it should be the best pressure you can have. You have to embrace it, not let it be a burden to you. I think he’s doing that.”

After Chris Bosh fled to Miami prior to the start of last season, DeRozan served notice in his sophomore year that, offensively at least, he can hold his own.

The only Raptor to start all 82 games, DeRozan’s average of 17.2 points a game exactly doubled his rookie season output.

DeRozan scored in double figures in 68 games, leading the team, and he closed with a flourish, averaging 23.1 points and 4.9 rebounds over the final eight games in April.

“I think he has a chance to be an all-star in this league if he continues to work, work, work,” Magloire said.

Casey said he has been impressed with DeRozan’s offensive abilities and that the 6-foot-7 forward will be asked to post up on occasion this season.

The coach said DeRozan has also shown an aptitude for three-point shooting during training camp (he was a dreary five of 52 from that range last season), and that’s another aspect of DeRozan’s game that could be unleashed once the season starts.

“I don’t know if that’s his strength yet, but he’s really been working hard at them and knocking them down in practice,” Casey said. “Now I guess the test will be knocking them down when the popcorn’s popping.”

“That’s one arsenal added to my game,” is how DeRozan put it.
DeMar DeRozan assumes new role for Toronto Raptors - The Globe and Mail

I suggest reading the entire article. Some really, really good things in there being said.

And plus if he has that added range, he could take a big leap forward.
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