DeRozan gets some props from Thorpe
Old 02-03-2010, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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10. DeMar DeRozan, Raptors | Rookie card
After Toronto signed Hedo Turkoglu in the offseason, I speculated that the Raptors would play DeRozan like Orlando played its first-round pick (Courtney Lee) last season, placing him outside and letting him play off ballscreen action between Turkoglu and Chris Bosh/Andrea Bargnani. And that's what's happening, only DeRozan is not a 3-point shooter like Lee is. Still, it's been impressively effective.

DeRozan deserves loads of credit for having the maturity to step into those kickout passes from Turkoglu to launch his midrange jumpers. And he also deserves credit for making about 38 percent of them. That's not a bad number for a rookie, and it bodes well for his future -- one that I'm guessing will include a lot more 3s next season. DeRozan also has a pretty solid fake-and-drive game, which he employs when teams get too close to him on closeouts. He's got quickness and savvy, so he sells the jumper and goes by good defenders relatively easily. And he does a nice job of keeping his body square on drives, though he double-clutches too often hoping to avoid the big who's trying to block his shot. I'd prefer to see him go up through the contact; he'll end up getting more shots blocked, but he'll earn a lot more free throws.

As he learns to see help defenders coming before they arrive, and adjusts his driving angles accordingly, he'll become a very solid scorer. All in all, the Raptors have to be thrilled with their selection.
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fucking sprained ankles!

Totally messing up Demar's rhythm when things were clicking pretty good.
He was starting to score fairly consistently just before he went down.
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I saw a Raptors special with him last night, and they were showing him coming to the ACC practice courts on an off night to shoot jumpers. Apparently, the coaching staff was saying that it's Demar, Sonny, Jack and CB4 that are the regulars that come in to take jumpers at night. Demar has a ton of athleticism, and if he develops into the player we hope he'll be, he'll be a special player.
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thats some big ass sprain to keep him up this much, hopefully he comes back with consistent play

what was up with Reggie? was it a sprain too? cause I never got why he was out this long
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thats some big ass sprain to keep him up this much, hopefully he comes back with consistent play

what was up with Reggie? was it a sprain too? cause I never got why he was out this long
Reggie sprained his foot though (as oppose to Demar) - and depending on the nature of the injury, a bad sprain can take as long to heal as a fracture. Clearly this is the case with Evans.
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dont want to see him taking 3's...i want to see him drive everytime...good to see him getting noticed...

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When you hear Kobe Bryant talk about DeRozan's rare work ethic and desire to be a better and more complete basketball player -- you know that it's only a matter of time until he starts beasting on the court.
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Reggie sprained his foot though (as oppose to Demar) - and depending on the nature of the injury, a bad sprain can take as long to heal as a fracture. Clearly this is the case with Evans.
With Evans it's also a case of him being a massive human being.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Until last night I saw Demar's injury as a positive for the development of Sonny. Last night Sonny laid an egg...here's hoping it was an anomaly.
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Thorpe has been pro-DeRozan for quite a while (since the draft, at least), so this article is not particularly surprising.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Content, not that impressed with the potential Derozan has shown. Should be a solid player. But it's still too early to tell if he will be "special" in my opinion.
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