A nice piece on DeMar in Vegas at ESPN
Old 07-14-2010, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If he's going to achieve as a shooting guard, he must extend his range to beyond the arc, where he converted only four shots during his entire rookie season. DeRozan will also need to apply all that athleticism and length against the scorers who are torching Toronto on a regular basis. The Raptors finished dead last in defensive efficiency last season. As he enters his sophomore season, DeRozan is well-aware of this opportunity, and the improvement in his game it will require on both ends of the floor.

"If I want to be more effective, I really have to slow down and not only use my athleticism all the time," DeRozan said. "I have to learn how to play different kinds of ways, and I'm learning."

On Tuesday, we saw glimpses of DeRozan's learning curve and his expanding game. He scored 23 points, shooting 10-for-15 shooting from the floor. Although he unleashed some ferocious dunks, there was substance and nuance to go along with the aerial effects. DeRozan showed off a tighter handle against pressure, something that hampered his one-on-one game at times last season. That added confidence in his ballhandling allowed DeRozan to make better decisions off the dribble, whether it was spinning away from help defenders or finding a seam.

"Athletes last for [only] so long," DeRozan said. "Being young, I want to develop now so that I can go 50-50 with my game -- skills, then use my athleticism when I have to."
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DeRozan's primary defensive assignment on Tuesday was staying with Chase Budinger (and occasionally Jermaine Taylor) versus Houston's active three-man sets, closing out on the second-year sharpshooter and staying with him in transition. For the most part, DeRozan succeeded on all three counts. He selectively provided help but usually opted to stay glued to his man.

"I need to improve my defense, especially going at the 2 position, going against players like Kobe [Bryant], Ray Allen, those type of guys every night."

Evidence gathered at summer league has to be viewed with a jaundiced eye. As DeRozan himself suggests, there's simply no substitute for meaningful NBA games. Matt Janning and Chase Budinger aren't exactly comps for Bryant or Allen, but at least DeRozan acknowledges that the trajectory of his growth as a player will be central to the Raptors' fortunes.

To return to respectability, Toronto will need a superstar -- and there's only one candidate on the roster.
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Talk is cheap, but you've got to love this kids maturity and desire to get better.
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yeah - at the very least he's not a typical athletic knucklehead
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Love his attitude. Superstar is doubtful but I think he'll be pretty good, at least i hope. Half the battle is he seems hungry to improve.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Note to all Bargnani lover's:

"To return to respectability, Toronto will need a superstar -- and there's only one candidate on the roster."

I think Weems is still a better defender. However, the only thing stopping DD is a handle. The article mentioned that Derozan has a tighter handle against pressure which shows the kid has shown improvement, however if Derozan gets a handle where he is a constant threat to get to the rim and free throw line, Toronto may have its next All-Star player.
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"To return to respectability, Toronto will need a superstar -- and there's only one candidate on the roster."


I think Weems is still a better defender. However, the only thing stopping DD is a handle. The article mentioned that Derozan has a tighter handle against pressure which shows the kid has shown improvement, however if Derozan gets a handle where he is a constant threat to get to the rim and free throw line, Toronto may have its next All-Star player.
Because the "daily dime" said so??? Really.....
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Because the "daily dime" said so??? Really.....
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yeah - at the very least he's not a typical athletic knucklehead
Anyone remember the TMZ interview?
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he needs a consistent long range shot to be a real good player you just can't attack the rim every time
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Because the "daily dime" said so??? Really.....
Alot of RAP fans believe Bargnani will never become a star in this league. Just because daily dime, other ESPN writers, and other NBA analysts form other sites believe the same thing, Bargnani will never become a star player. If he's you no.1 option, this team will be a lottery team for many years.
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Anyone remember the TMZ interview?
Yeah - well in comparison to most of our lives - he lokks like he could be a knucklehead, but in comparison to a whole lot of other NBA players, or anyone that might show up on TMZ, that wasn't so outrageous. Getting a little caught up in himself at a chicken joint doesn't necessarily translate into the same thing happening on the court.
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Because the "daily dime" said so??? Really.....
you don't actually think Bargnani has a chance at growing a pair of balls do you?

Derozan is a tough hard working kid with all the tools, Bargnani is a lazy spoon fed shame with all the tools. I agree with their last statement 100%, if any player has a shot at being a superstar on this roster its derozan. Who in there right mind would think weems or Bargnani can be that player? well to answer my own question probably half of raptor fans not that i agree wth them in the least
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he needs a consistent long range shot to be a real good player you just can't attack the rim every time
yup thats why lebron can't win shit so he had to join flash and the girraffe
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Alot of RAP fans believe Bargnani will never become a star in this league. Just because daily dime, other ESPN writers, and other NBA analysts form other sites believe the same thing, Bargnani will never become a star player. If he's you no.1 option, this team will be a lottery team for many years.
so i guess we would have to find another excuse for being in the lottery for many years?
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I like all the things he is saying this offseason. opefully he delivers on everything he said
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Note to all Bargnani lover's:

"To return to respectability, Toronto will need a superstar -- and there's only one candidate on the roster."

I think Weems is still a better defender. However, the only thing stopping DD is a handle. The article mentioned that Derozan has a tighter handle against pressure which shows the kid has shown improvement, however if Derozan gets a handle where he is a constant threat to get to the rim and free throw line, Toronto may have its next All-Star player.
Oh well, heh, fucking espn has spoken, might as well toss out all my love for Bargnani, I mean shit, now WE KNOW he will never ever be any good
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Oh well, heh, fucking espn has spoken, might as well toss out all my love for Bargnani, I mean shit, now WE KNOW he will never ever be any good
You have four years worth of evidence plus the nice choke job he did the last couple of months when Bosh went down. You know why he choked when he was the no. 1 option, no double teams with Bosh. Teams can play straight up against the Raps. Bargnani is going struggle big time this year!!!
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one thing about DD is that he'll never cheat the organization...kid's a gym rat and works hard to improve...i'm liking the fact that he continues to get bigger and stronger ( i believe he's about 219 lbs right now)...that's an increase of approx 10lbs from last year

now i realize this is an old article but wanted to quote Kobe on something he said about DD awhile back regarding his summer camps

Bryant with kind words for Raps Rookie

When Bryant was asked about DeRozan after the Lakers morning shootaround in Toronto he had kind words for the 20 year-old.
“I think he has all the abilities in the world.” The four-time NBA champion praised. “He has the athleticism. He has the size. He can handle the ball. He can shoot the ball. With him, it’s just getting up every day ready to work.”
“I think just the times that we live in, players at an early age get spoiled too much.” He continued. “Everything is given to them, or they wind up having them. I think DeMar, [O.J.] Mayo was another one that I knew for a while, those couple guys are some of the few that actually work and enjoy the game.”
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he needs a consistent long range shot to be a real good player you just can't attack the rim every time
Ugh, Jordan never really had a LONG RANGE SHOT...I believe he was about 30% career beyond the arc...he just had a DEADLY mid-range game which DeMar is developing...

look @ Rip Hamilton...he was never a 3pt thread...he just had a midrange game and running off screens.
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