DeRozan emerging as the face of the franchise?
Old 10-04-2010, 08:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As a 20-year-old fresh out of college, he didn’t talk an awful lot and didn’t say much when he did. But now, with so many voids to fill on a team chock full of question marks, the Californian seems more than willing to assume great responsibility.

He seems to be just what the franchise ordered, an exuberant, supremely talented young player who wants to have fun more than anything else.

It can be infectious, and it could imbue the team with an identity.
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There can be no denying DeRozan’s popularity with the fans or his importance to the team on and off the court.

He drew by far the loudest ovation when the Raptors were introduced before an intrasquad scrimmage at the University of British Columbia on Sunday and the team’s promotional literature always seems to focus on the 6-foot-6 swingman.

“It’s definitely great,” he said of his love from the fans. “It’s a humbling experience to see that the city really loves me, appreciates me. Not just the city but the country. It’s helpful, it makes me want to work even harder to help my team out.”

There can be no question that DeRozan doesn’t mind the spotlight. He bounded onto the court full of energy Sunday afternoon, by far the most energetic of the Raptors and basked in the chance to show his stuff. He had a couple of thunderous dunks, played fast and loose and smiling the entire time.

“You can see our energy when we get out there in front of fans,” he said. “How we really get amped, we really get hyped because we love them seeing what we’ve been working on, what we’re trying to do, what we have in store for this season.”

The danger is putting too much responsibility or pressure on such a young player on a team that could very well struggle during the season. But DeRozan’s teammates and coaches agree he has the personality — and work ethic — to handle it.

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DeMar DeRozan appears ready to assume the popularity mantle, an athletic player who will be given a chance to emerge as the face of the franchise.

In time, the kid has to learn how to handle the ball better, make better decisions when the ball is in his hands and step out to make jumpers.

But at this moment in the Raptors’ changing of the guard, DeRozan is the team’s most popular player, a guy the club uses on most of its promotional material.

In the team’s first public appearance, under a backdrop of an open scrimmage here at the University of British Columbia, DeRozan received the loudest ovation.

When the flushed home an alley-oop feed into a dunk, the crowd reacted in a fashion that evoked images of Carter.

When the Raptors made DeRozan a lottery selection last spring, comparisons were made to Carter from an athletic perspective.

DeRozan isn’t quite able to put the ball on the floor and flat-out attack a defence and the rim, but he’s getting better.

He can’t step back and drill three-pointers at will like Carter, but the kid is working hard at improving his jumper.

When you watch DeRozan and see the improvement he made from last year’s rookie season, it provides hope on a team many have written off as hopeless.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There's something about this kid that I like. Beyond his attitude, his game has something to it.

If he can take control of this offence and make it run through a wing player (something we haven't had since the VC days) then I'll be happy.
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There's something about this kid that I like. Beyond his attitude, his game has something to it.
what is this something? cause I still see a player that can't create, dribble, or shoot from the outside
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what is this something? cause I still see a player that can't create, dribble, or shoot from the outside
incredible body control in the air, very good at taking contact and finishing, great touch around the basket. you can't teach the natural athletic ability demar has. all the things you mentioned can be developed to a point.
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incredible body control in the air, very good at taking contact and finishing, great touch around the basket. you can't teach the natural athletic ability demar has. all the things you mentioned can be developed to a point.
sounds like you described a big man
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incredible body control in the air, very good at taking contact and finishing, great touch around the basket. you can't teach the natural athletic ability demar has. all the things you mentioned can be developed to a point.
you beat me to it - that's it exactly. The body control is enough to make it easier for him to create. It's not hard to see his handle improving. And he's got a good shot, he just needs to improve the range, which is something just about everybody needs to do coming into the league.
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Since there are so many Carter comparisons and everyone seems to agree that DeRozen will only get better, I'm wondering - how old was Carter at his peak? And how old is DeRozen, early 20s?
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VC was 21 and ~9 months by the time he played his first NBA game. DeRozan turned 21 back in August. VC had a more well-rounded game coming out of college than DeRozan has right now, but DeRozan seems to have a better work ethic.
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He didn't impress me all that much last season,but more and more I like this kid. Great attitude and works hard to improve. I'm anxious to see what he does this season. Let's hope he's improved on D and his shooting range.
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If he tightens up his handle then dude will be good. His shot will come in time, but if he shows a better handle which leads to penetration and some improved D, I'll be satisifed.
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Vince was more explosive at his peak, but never did well inviting contact, and certainly not playing through contact. And that is the thing this team is really going to need, as I don't see a whole lot of other guys that are going to be able to get to the FT stripe with regularity.
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VC was 21 and ~9 months by the time he played his first NBA game. DeRozan turned 21 back in August. VC had a more well-rounded game coming out of college than DeRozan has right now, but DeRozan seems to have a better work ethic.
Actually Carter was 22 when he played his first NBA game since the strike shortened 98-99 season started in February of '99.

He was still a junior in college when he was DeRozan's age.
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I have no confidence in this kid ... then again I had the same WTF look when I saw Tmac for the first year. He is so raw its hard to say what he'll turn out to be but my pessimism stands tall when thinking about it.
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I honestly thought he could've played a lot better last year with a few more touches. Regardless though, you can tell he was a rookie and hopefully he learnd a lot of the ins and outs of NBA basketball.

His body control, ability to get to the rim, mid-range shot, transition game, and most importantly his work ethic, would leave me not surprised at all if he EXPLODED this year.
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I honestly thought he could've played a lot better last year with a few more touches. Regardless though, you can tell he was a rookie and hopefully he learnd a lot of the ins and outs of NBA basketball.

His body control, ability to get to the rim, mid-range shot, transition game, and most importantly his work ethic, would leave me not surprised at all if he EXPLODED this year.
Depends what you mean by explode? If you mean 12/4, then ok. Anything more then that i'd be shocked.
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Depends what you mean by explode? If you mean 12/4, then ok. Anything more then that i'd be shocked.
No, I don't mean 12/4 Jeff. That's not exploding. I had an over/under bet with my friend - 17 ppg. I'll leave it at that. Not many guys in the league can guard Demar and Sonny when they take it to the rim IMO.
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No, I don't mean 12/4 Jeff. That's not exploding. I had an over/under bet with my friend - 17 ppg. I'll leave it at that. Not many guys in the league can guard Demar and Sonny when they take it to the rim IMO.
dude, take the under. Seriously. If Demar gets to 15, it would be pretty remarkable. He's going to have to put much more effort into defence this year.

Barbosa, Kleiza and Bargs will all outscore him, so how many 15ppg do you foresee? The winning bet is the under.
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Actually Carter was 22 when he played his first NBA game since the strike shortened 98-99 season started in February of '99.

He was still a junior in college when he was DeRozan's age.
So it's pretty possible for DeRozen to get to that level like Carter did. And he seems more likeable, too.

Lovely. I'm on Team DeRozen!
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dude, take the under. Seriously. If Demar gets to 15, it would be pretty remarkable. He's going to have to put much more effort into defence this year.

Barbosa, Kleiza and Bargs will all outscore him, so how many 15ppg do you foresee? The winning bet is the under.
His per 36 last year was 14.3 points. I don't think it is a huge stretch to expect 15 per game out of him, particularly with no Bosh.
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