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Acie 01-05-2011 05:18 AM

NY Times: Torontoís DeRozan Develops His One Dimension
 
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DeRozan just scores. He hasnít been terribly efficient during his first two N.B.A. seasons, but he has shown the basic tools and work ethic necessary to develop into a stable, efficient scoring threat. His inefficiency has mostly been a matter of approach; DeRozan tends to settle for midrange jumpers too often, a curious decision given his athleticism. In his last two games, DeRozan seemed to be have turned over a new leaf. He displayed a new-found willingness to attack the basket, and was rewarded with 14 free-throw attempts against the Rockets on New Yearís Eve and eight free throw attempts against the Celtics on Sunday. Getting to the line is one of the pillars of offensive efficiency, and that rush of free throw attempts is part of the reason why DeRozan scored a two-game total of 64 points on only 46 shots.

Those who would call for DeRozan to expand his game are well intentioned, but itís tantamount to bloodletting. Asking DeRozan to become less of a scorer and more of a jack-of-all-trades swingman would require that he release the essence of who he is in an effort to cure some misunderstood malady. The problem isnít that DeRozan doesnít assist enough or rebound enough, itís that heís still figuring out how to go about his business efficiently. The last two games have been a bit of a breakthrough, but theyíre only the beginning. DeRozan needs to prove that heís willing to use his athleticism to get shots in the paint and draw fouls, lest he tumble into the ranks of the inefficient.

DeRozan isnít much of a passer, or a rebounder, or a 3-point shooter. He isnít a lock-down defender or a point forward. Yet instead of trying to hedge those weaknesses, DeRozan seems best served to build on his strengths. Even if DeRozanís scoring-centric game makes him a bit of an endangered species, his gift for shooting and driving is obvious and he has a great feel for getting to the rim. DeRozan just needs to continue to do so, and by better using his athleticism to augment his scoring, DeRozan can become a reliable source of points for Toronto, and an impressive player on his own terms.


LINK - NY Times

finstock 01-05-2011 05:32 AM

While Derozan can get to the rim, he doesn't have the elevation, nor is he crafty enough to efficiently finish in traffic. If the refs don't give him the benefit of the call, he just looks silly. Also, tonight, the Bulls did a superb job forcing him left. Even with an open lane had he crossed to his left, Derozan still insisted on driving right, forcing unnecessary turnovers. Even so, I'm pleased with his development so far.

archie63 01-05-2011 05:35 AM

good article imo. This could be the end of a lot of speculation about defence or passing skills or rebounding and all around game. If really DD could became that kind of player, and probably he's on that way, that's fine for him and for Toronto. One dimensional player could be good if you are great at that thing. Look for example, at Kareem Abdul Jabbar (no comparaison here), for all of his career he just made one thing "the sky hook" but he did it at a superb level and nobody could stop it.

creative1mm 01-05-2011 09:25 AM

he is actually not that bad of a passer..
I have seen him setup teammates for some nice plays

he is certainly a better passer then barbosa and weems

LX 01-05-2011 09:29 AM

He's a willing passer. But this article is right in that he needs to build on his strengths first and foremost, and then expand his game from there.

b55bgc 01-05-2011 09:49 AM

His passing has improved greatly, as much as his ability to getting to the rim.

INSIDER 01-05-2011 09:57 AM

he's actually been picking up a few extra steals throughout his last few games as well, so that is a positive.
his Defense will get better as he gets older and more experienced.

Admiral 01-05-2011 05:44 PM

He is a willing passer, he willingly passes to sonny weems
that is he problem, he plays only with 1 guy and that guy is the wrong guy
with weems out he's being forced and challenged to play with the rest of the team, seriously before weems was hurt demar looked on most nights like he was just on the court for the sake of being a 5th guy and he was supposed to "gain experience", now he actually looks engaged

but the guy is still very 1D, he's scoring and then he's still very predictable, the spin move in the paint, the inability to hit a shot outside of probably 15-18 feet
his jump shot requires a lot of squaring up and setting up, his drives to the net in traffic always involves a layup finish, meaning no ability to rise above the defense, no hangtime as previously overhyped, even his layups lack that star finesse and length with the arms, there's no real twisting of the body and arms, its actually a lot like his jump shot, there's a lot of squaring up to the net to make the shot

Shadowfax 01-05-2011 05:49 PM

i think a lot us here tend to forget the fact that this is still a 21 yr old kid...he will get better and better as he continues to fill out and mature

book it

Shifty.py 01-06-2011 07:53 AM

Demar needs to play SF

Edit: he can defend SFs better (I'm still amazed how he can shut down Paul Pierce) and also has a better chance to beat SF on the offense.

Vice versa Wright can make life difficult for SGs on both sides

LX 01-06-2011 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Admiral (Post 488497)
He is a willing passer, he willingly passes to sonny weems
that is he problem, he plays only with 1 guy and that guy is the wrong guy
with weems out he's being forced and challenged to play with the rest of the team, seriously before weems was hurt demar looked on most nights like he was just on the court for the sake of being a 5th guy and he was supposed to "gain experience", now he actually looks engaged

but the guy is still very 1D, he's scoring and then he's still very predictable, the spin move in the paint, the inability to hit a shot outside of probably 15-18 feet
his jump shot requires a lot of squaring up and setting up, his drives to the net in traffic always involves a layup finish, meaning no ability to rise above the defense, no hangtime as previously overhyped, even his layups lack that star finesse and length with the arms, there's no real twisting of the body and arms, its actually a lot like his jump shot, there's a lot of squaring up to the net to make the shot

I have no problem with him being fundamentally sound.

jeffb 01-06-2011 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by LX (Post 489011)
I have no problem with him being fundamentally sound.

Derozan? :confused2:

LX 01-06-2011 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 489014)
Derozan? :confused2:

nope - Adrian Dantley

justizzllee 01-07-2011 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Admiral (Post 488497)
He is a willing passer, he willingly passes to sonny weems
that is he problem, he plays only with 1 guy and that guy is the wrong guy
with weems out he's being forced and challenged to play with the rest of the team, seriously before weems was hurt demar looked on most nights like he was just on the court for the sake of being a 5th guy and he was supposed to "gain experience", now he actually looks engaged

but the guy is still very 1D, he's scoring and then he's still very predictable, the spin move in the paint, the inability to hit a shot outside of probably 15-18 feet
his jump shot requires a lot of squaring up and setting up, his drives to the net in traffic always involves a layup finish, meaning no ability to rise above the defense, no hangtime as previously overhyped, even his layups lack that star finesse and length with the arms, there's no real twisting of the body and arms, its actually a lot like his jump shot, there's a lot of squaring up to the net to make the shot

lmaoo whatt?? :nono_h4h: his jumper got very good and twit and turns doesnt make a good layup why make things complicated when you can just lay it in and he can jumppppppp all that flashy stuff comes with experience and confidence


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