Raptors HQ: Eric Hughes on DeMar
Old 05-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An interview with Raps assistant Eric Hughes. Here are a couple of excerpts:

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He worked at it though. DeMar worked at it. He comes back late at night and gets his shot up, we started a routine about halfway through the season where he comes every morning, about a half hour before shoot-around and gets his shots up then, so he worked at it. Repetition and getting those extra shots up, you can't help but become a better shooter.

But I think a lot of those guys worked at it. Ed worked at it, Jerryd came back every night, Sonny was in the gym a bunch, and that's what you have to do. This is their craft, this is what they do for a living and to rest on your laurels and not get the extra shots in because you feel like you're getting better, that's where guys fall off. I think if anything, when DeMar started getting some confidence and started having a couple of those games where he was up in the high twenties and he had a couple games over thirty, I think it was kind of like a drug, he became addicted and that's when he decided even more so that he wanted to get in the gym and get those extra shots up.

So, a lot's said about DeMar's growth but DeMar's growth has come from DeMar's work ethic and DeMar's "want" to be in the gym. Like I said, it's May 4th and I'm actually living in LA this summer, and I had lunch with him last week and he's chomping at the bit, he wants to get shots up today. Now I don't know how much we'll actually do, but just the fact that he wants to start working in May says something about how much better he wants to be. He had a taste of success this year, and a taste of people complementing him and I think DeMar has a chance to be a really good player. He's got a ways to go, he's gotta develop the ability to knock down the 3-point shot consistently, he's gotta be more consistent, you know, DeMar would have a 30 point game and he'd come back with a six point game, you can't have those. But his play in the league this year, and upping his scoring to about 17 points per game, I think says a lot from where he was last year.

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Well he definitely needs to improve his body, and he needs to get stronger, and again, you have to look at DeMar; if he had stayed in college, this would have been his senior year. So his body is not quite developed. I think that really changes when you get to 24 or 25 and DeMar's just getting ready to turn 22 so he's still young. But his body needs to change, he knows that, he's hired a coach to work with him out here in LA this summer, and he's gonna concentrate not just on the basketball stuff but on changing his body as well.

And defensively DeMar has the ability and at times has shown that he can be a defensive presence for us, getting out, getting after people. But at times, whether it be lack of effort or want, or also just his physical strength, at times, he struggled. He especially struggled with more physical players.

A team that comes to mind is Milwaukee. I mean Corey Maggette and Carlos Delfino and those guys just beat him up, just put a body on him every time and he really struggled against physical play. And I think again, his body needs to mature, but he needs to help his body's maturation by getting into the weight room and changing his body a bit.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there anyone here still not sold on DeMar?
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i'm not sold on his 3 pointer, all that work but still...
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i'm not sold on his 3 pointer, all that work but still...
Jordan's 3 pointer was shit for the first few years of his career too.

I find that the 3 shot is overemphasized today, and way too many talented shooters become high-volume chuckers at the 3 point line. It's a smart option for aging superstars who have to find new ways to score - the Paul Pierces of the world - but for young, explosive guards, I'd much prefer they take more 10-15 footers and drives to the basket, draw more fouls and get more respect from the refs.
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Jordan's 3 pointer was shit for the first few years of his career too.

I find that the 3 shot is overemphasized today, and way too many talented shooters become high-volume chuckers at the 3 point line. It's a smart option for aging superstars who have to find new ways to score - the Paul Pierces of the world - but for young, explosive guards, I'd much prefer they take more 10-15 footers and drives to the basket, draw more fouls and get more respect from the refs.
Besides the fact taht comparing MJ and DD is a little bit of a stretch for now..I know I know it's only for example. I agree in a way, but less tahn 10% is really really impressive (in a negative way), and if you'r not MJ or Drexler (speaking of old players) you need a 3 pointer (let's say 30% ?)
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DD has to develop a reasonable 3-point shot and mid-range game just to keep defenders honest. He doesn't need to be like Dell Curry, but he needs to be respectable in this area. Once he develops a 3-point shot, he will be a much more dangerous offensive player.

Besides Jordan, Bryant, Wade, James, Rose, etc. all had to develop their long-range games and they became even more lethal offensive players. Not to say DD can be like them, but he can be a consistent player that scores between 18 to 22 ppg.
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DD has to develop a reasonable 3-point shot and mid-range game just to keep defenders honest. He doesn't need to be like Dell Curry, but he needs to be respectable in this area. Once he develops a 3-point shot, he will be a much more dangerous offensive player.

Besides Jordan, Bryant, Wade, James, Rose, etc. all had to develop their long-range games and they became even more lethal offensive players. Not to say DD can be like them, but he can be a consistent player that scores between 18 to 22 ppg.
He improved his mid-range game drastically compared to last season. He actually has a respectable mid-range shot now. No one wants DeRozan to turn into a 3 point line camper, but adding the 3 point shot to his arsenal does in fact build on his game. If hes behind the arc now, defenders don't bother closing out.. so for those situations its ideal to put up a 3 point shot instead of passing.
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Is there anyone here still not sold on DeMar?
If you told me before the season started he would end up scoring 17+ ppg a game I wouldn't believe you. I'm really happy for him and I'm really happy we have him, especially coming from a 9th overall pick. Scouts say he had the most potential coming out of that year's draft. Was just too raw or undeveloped.

Sonny said DeMar wants to be mentioned with the LeBrons, Kobes and Wades. He said he's really trying hard to be a huge name in this league. I got yo back DeMar.
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I think having a vet coming off the bench at the 2 spot is good for DeRozan's development.. he can learn alot. Example.. Barbosa, he is the ideal guy coming off the bench for DeRozan. If he is gone next season then we should bring in another vet Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Jason Richardson.. etc etc. He would benefit more from that then a guy like Sonny Weems or Landry Fields. In fact, the whole team would benefit from it.
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Sonny said DeMar wants to be mentioned with the LeBrons, Kobes and Wades. He said he's really trying hard to be a huge name in this league. I got yo back DeMar.
Dude has to play some defense first before he can mentioned as an all-star player. Maybe, when his improves strength, he can become a better defender. Leborn & Kobe is a bit high, but maybe a Joe Johnson type player is more realistic.
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I think having a vet coming off the bench at the 2 spot is good for DeRozan's development.. he can learn alot. Example.. Barbosa, he is the ideal guy coming off the bench for DeRozan. If he is gone next season then we should bring in another vet Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Jason Richardson.. etc etc. He would benefit more from that then a guy like Sonny Weems or Landry Fields. In fact, the whole team would benefit from it.
Having Ray Allen on the Raptors would be a wet dream.

He is the exact role model you want these young guys to look up to.

Maybe not so much shooting threes all the time, but from a work ethic standpoint. Nobody has a better work ethic and routine than Ray Allen.

And plus if he was here I could see him drill treys all day.
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Good, keep on working. I'd rather have guys working their asses off in the summer when teams are playing games that count, and want those guys work to get to play in those same games.

Now, just play some D and rebound a bit (or be in position) and we're good to go.
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Sonny said DeMar wants to be mentioned with the LeBrons, Kobes and Wades. He said he's really trying hard to be a huge name in this league. I got yo back DeMar.
Don't worry. You are already the LeBron, Kobe, and Wade of our team!!!!
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DeMar's D isn't bad at all.

He has trouble with some of the craftier veterans... That's to be expected.

I'd like to see him get some more steals (by jumping into the passing lanes). A perimeter player with great athleticism can do that. The steals a perimeter player gets turn into points more often than not.

If memory serves me right, he was getting a bunch of steals after the all star break.

Give credit where credit is due - he has improved and if he stays aware and aggresive on D, then with a little more experience he will make a name for himself on that end of the court.
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