Chisholm: Derozan struggling with accountability
Old 01-12-2012, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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During his first two years with the Toronto Raptors, DeMar DeRozan was basically handed the world on a platter. He was an opening night starter as a 20-year-old rookie, and my midway through his second season he was the teamís go-to scorer and he became a nightly 20 ppg threat. Going into this, his third season, it looked like everything was about to coming together for the athletic swingman.

Then Dwane Casey arrived.

Casey is not the type hand out anything. Casey came in with a mandate to change the culture of a soft, pitiless basketball club, and we went to work immediately rewriting the offense and the defense to his standards and expectations. That has resulted in a bit of a shock for DeRozan.
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His problems with defense, though, highlight a greater issue at work for DeRozan: a lack of basketball I.Q. Now, make no mistake, DeRozan is not a dumb player nor is he necessarily Wizards-level self-involved, heís just got a lot of learning to do as an NBAer. Defense is about two things: effort and intelligence. You can try as hard as you want on defense (and DeRozan does not try as hard as he can) but if you donít work to understand the nuances of your teamís defense and the opposing teamís offense then you arenít going to be able to offer much resistance as a defender. You could argue that DeRozan is two years behind in his defensive education, too, because he was simply never held accountable for his transgressions at that end of the floor. Bargnani and Jose Calderon were most often cited for their lack of stopping power in the Jay Triano era, but DeRozan was no more effective than those two and now that Bargnani and Calderon have picked up their play on defense DeRozan is left without a rock to hide under.

However, his offensive deficiencies are what is getting the most attention these days. It was more or less a foregone conclusion for most that DeRozan would be a consistent 20 ppg scorer on a strong percentage this season, basically a continuation of how he spent the back half of last season torching opponents. Thatís not whatís happened, though. Instead heís averaging 14.1 ppg on a career-low 41% shooting, and he looks increasingly unsure of how and where he is supposed to get his points in Caseyís offense.

When Casey took over the club, the first thing he did offensively was put the ball back into Andrea Bargnaniís hands. Triano began to de-emphasize Bargnani as the season wore on last year and DeRozan was the primary beneficiary. Bargnani, though, is a far more advanced and polished offensive weapon than DeRozan and his production early in the season has more than justified Caseyís trust in him as a primary scorer. Without the team catering to him offensively, DeRozan has to learn to read the teamís flex offense for his opportunities, and more often than not he just stands parked in the corner doing nothing. The flex offense is not terribly complicated, but it is reliant on its players being able to make correct reads in the screening/cutting/passing schemes the offense offers. DeRozan struggled at getting involved in his first season and the beginning of last season when the ball wasnít put in his hands in iso situations (prompting the changes brought on by Triano), so this is not a new occurrence, itís just causing fans irritation because they thought he was past this point in his NBA career.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's not like I've had a chance to see DeRozan. Between all the Heat, Clippers, Mavs, and Laker games nationally televised, the NBA has forgotten about our Canadian brothers.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I disagree about the isos, derozan can't score from an iso to save his life
he got most of his points last season coming off screens and in transition. his only move in an iso is to spin around, which works against maybe the worst 5 defenders in the league and that's about it
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I disagree SJ, it's a really bad article, I don't think you actually read it, or you would probably agree.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i dunno..what part dont ya like?
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i dunno..what part dont ya like?
Every single part.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Demar is somebody you would go to war with.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I guess I'm just not a huge Derozan fan, never have been. I like him, like he seems like a nice guy, I just have always though he was WAY over valued.

I hope I'm wrong.

But this guys is right, he isn't really able to do much in th eoffence, and he is a none factor on defence.

Maybe he's in a massive funk...like I said, I hope so, if not, BC better be REALLY careful come contract extension time.
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Demar is somebody you would go to war with.
and deafeat easily!

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It's a bad article because it's full of emotion and the result I find is very offensive.
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It's a bad article because it's full of emotion and the result I find is very offensive.
You're joking right?
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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DeRozan was a disappointment for me this year. I thought he'd explode into a impact player but he looks worst than Sonny Weems.
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DeRozan was a disappointment for me this year. I thought he'd explode into a impact player but he looks worst than Sonny Weems.
worse than weems? surely you must be joking
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worse than weems? surely you must be joking
No not really. Sonny might actually have the edge because hes better at defense. DeRozan is chucking shots & becoming passive, at the same time he goes invisible for long stretches.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:45 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I dont know how a 2 mil a year players scoring 14.1 ppg is overvalued
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:02 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The piece does seem to include some subjective piling on. I agree with the part about the difficulties being a good thing in the long run, and two years wasted under Triano. I think that there really isn't much else there to get into other than a jumble of insights of questionable value. A work in progress is a work in progress. There aren't a lot of meaningful value judgments that can come out it at this point.
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You could say it's about basketball IQ, or you could say it is about experience (which I'd say is more accurate). He's still a young player and the reasons for his struggles are obvious. Fewer possessions, fewer fastbreaks, less sets with him curling off a screen for the mid-range shot or drive to the basket. As the article notes, he's not a great dribbler or passer yet, so it will take him time to adjust to a different offense, but I think he can.

On defense, again, it takes time. I'm not sure that I really see the lack of effort that Chisholm argues for.
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DeRozan was a disappointment for me this year. I thought he'd explode into a impact player but he looks worst than Sonny Weems.
This year just started.
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