ESPN RISE Above Flashback: DeMar DeRozan
Old 11-18-2009, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not much of an article, but nice to see our guy getting a little pub.

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If you're a young kid growing up in Compton, Calif., wanting to play in the NBA might seem like a fantasy. In an area teeming with gangs and violence, just getting out of the neighborhood would be viewed as an accomplishment.



DeMar DeRozan was raised in Compton but thankfully never got caught up in the streets and never lost site of his dream of one day playing in The League. Unfortunately, some kids in his neighborhood weren't so lucky.



"A lot of kids that played football and basketball with me are either dead or in jail," DeMar told us in the RISE Above that ran in the 2007 edition of Hardwood.



Thanks to tremendous support from his mother and father, DeRozan stayed out of trouble and transformed into one of the most dominating basketball players in the country. As a senior at Compton, he stuffed the stat sheet to the tune of 29.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He also played in both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.


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Old 11-18-2009, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably not a coincidence that he had a father and was one of the kids that made it.

Really excited about this kid. Wants to learn, doesn't seem to be a prima donna (I obviously can't verify that) and he works his ass off. Continues to hustle and do the little things when he's not getting the ball.

One of the things that impresses me most about DeMar is how well he's shooting from three, considering he was a 16% 3pt shooter in college. That's a pretty significant distance in a shot, too.
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What going to separate the kid from being a good NBA player from a great NBA player is his ability to dribble.

In the ESPN chat from David Thorpe today, one blogger asked if Derozan's ceiling is Andre Igoudala. David Thorpe said that ceiling is too high for Derozan.

I would agree. Lets say in a couple of years Derozan becomes a great defender and improves his perimeter shooting. Derozan becomes the next Trevor Ariza. If the kid only had a handle. I still think the ability to dribble is a gift that you are born with, not something you can develop over time.
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What going to separate the kid from being a good NBA player from a great NBA player is his ability to dribble.

In the ESPN chat from David Thorpe today, one blogger asked if Derozan's ceiling is Andre Igoudala. David Thorpe said that ceiling is too high for Derozan.

I would agree. Lets say in a couple of years Derozan becomes a great defender and improves his perimeter shooting. Derozan becomes the next Trevor Ariza. If the kid only had a handle. I still think the ability to dribble is a gift that you are born with, not something you can develop over time.
I disagree.

Obviously there are certain players that are born with more superior handling skills than others (Chris Paul, Iverson, etc) however I think that with hard work and training it is possible to transform your handles from that of a DeMar DeRozan to a decent dribbler.
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I disagree.

Obviously there are certain players that are born with more superior handling skills than others (Chris Paul, Iverson, etc) however I think that with hard work and training it is possible to transform your handles from that of a DeMar DeRozan to a decent dribbler.
When you look at the wing players who are consistently in the all-star they have the superior handling skills or the ability to break your man off the dribble (Vince Carter, Lebron, Wade, Kobe, Brandon Roy, Joe Johnson). You can tell straight from High School to the NBA (Lebron & Kobe) or in college (Vince, Wade & Roy) these guys had the gift of dribbling. Look at Tyreke Evans & Demar, both one year in college and similiar in age, one player has the gift to dribble, create plays for himself and others. With hard work & training, Demar can be a decent dribbler. But there is a big difference between being a decent dribbler than using the dribbling skill as a weapon. Guys like Jason Richardson, Carney, Travis Outlaw, Trevor Ariza have a nice perimter game, can jump out of the GYM, and are decent dribblers, but they will never make the All-Star.
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When you look at the wing players who are consistently in the all-star they have the superior handling skills or the ability to break your man off the dribble (Vince Carter, Lebron, Wade, Kobe, Brandon Roy, Joe Johnson). You can tell straight from High School to the NBA (Lebron & Kobe) or in college (Vince, Wade & Roy) these guys had the gift of dribbling. Look at Tyreke Evans & Demar, both one year in college and similiar in age, one player has the gift to dribble, create plays for himself and others. With hard work & training, Demar can be a decent dribbler. But there is a big difference between being a decent dribbler than using the dribbling skill as a weapon. Guys like Jason Richardson, Carney, Travis Outlaw, Trevor Ariza have a nice perimter game, can jump out of the GYM, and are decent dribblers, but they will never make the All-Star.
How bad would you say DeMar DeRozan is right now at dribbling?
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How bad would you say DeMar DeRozan is right now at dribbling?
Right now, Demar Derozan has a Joey Graham handle. Demar is a smart player, he keeps his dribble to a minimum, puts up good shots, and looks for his teamates to set himself up. He know his limitations right now. Watch Demar when you pressure him, he'll either pick up his dribble and find a teammate, or he'll take a few dribbles to create an opening for his mid-range shot (ala Anthony Parker).
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When you look at the wing players who are consistently in the all-star they have the superior handling skills or the ability to break your man off the dribble (Vince Carter, Lebron, Wade, Kobe, Brandon Roy, Joe Johnson). You can tell straight from High School to the NBA (Lebron & Kobe) or in college (Vince, Wade & Roy) these guys had the gift of dribbling. Look at Tyreke Evans & Demar, both one year in college and similiar in age, one player has the gift to dribble, create plays for himself and others. With hard work & training, Demar can be a decent dribbler. But there is a big difference between being a decent dribbler than using the dribbling skill as a weapon. Guys like Jason Richardson, Carney, Travis Outlaw, Trevor Ariza have a nice perimter game, can jump out of the GYM, and are decent dribblers, but they will never make the All-Star.
All-Stars are not judged by their "dribbling skills". If that was true, Rafer Alston (aka Skip to my Lue) would be an all-star and Tim Duncan wouldn't. Its the overall skills that make all-stars all-stars
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Ball handling is the easiest important skill to learn. It is really nothing special. The tough part is motivation.
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Right now, Demar Derozan has a Joey Graham handle. Demar is a smart player, he keeps his dribble to a minimum, puts up good shots, and looks for his teamates to set himself up. He know his limitations right now. Watch Demar when you pressure him, he'll either pick up his dribble and find a teammate, or he'll take a few dribbles to create an opening for his mid-range shot (ala Anthony Parker).
Joey graham? thats a bad comparison...

Graham is one of the worst dribblers I have ever seen, DeRozan alot better than Joey When it comes to dribbling...

The problem that DeMar has right now as far as dribbling is concerned is confidence....
To me he has better handles than Wright & is just as good as Sonny at dribbling...
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The thing I like most about this kid is the VC comparisons he got coming into the draft.

If he can become even a shadow of Vince and we have our core of Calderon/Turk/Bosh/Bargs... we'll be able to compete for a title.
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This is from ESPN? And they say "never lost site (sic) of his dream"? That's kind of embarrassing - I would understand it was a blog, but come on ESPN!
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