T.O. Sports: DeMar DeRozan Will Disappoint You Raptor Fans
Old 07-01-2009, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Let me burst your bubble Toronto: DeMar DeRozan is not the answer, he’ll give you minimal contributions this year, and I am at best skeptical to him reaching his potential, especially in Toronto.

After watching the NBA draft, last week I came away with this conclusion on DeRozan, patience will be key, and that he has tons of potential. Frankly as a Raptor fan I am running out of the former and sick and tired about hearing the latter.

Unlike fellow writer Robert Segal’s article would indicate I do not believe that Jay Triano’s comments should be taken seriously, nor do I take it as anymore as the regular ‘selling the fans on their new draft pick.

Please do not take my writing as a DeRozan bash piece; I just believe that there have been several players that have outstanding talents that have never reached their potential for various reasons like injuries, immaturity, and work ethic. Simply put we do not need to put DeRozan on a pedestal simply because he has all of this talent, and needs time to put it together.
Do you remember when players spent four years in College and came out more polished and ‘NBA-Ready’ than they do now? Why should we as fans get excited when we place our hopes on a 19-year old child that likely will take another three to four years to develop and may not resign with their original team?

Sorry I refuse to get excited what makes DeRozan more Vince Carter than Harold Miner? Is it because he has ‘the look’? Or because he was so utterly dominate in College? (He wasn’t) Until the Raptors display an aptitude in cultivating a winning culture that will enlist better players to come to Toronto, or convince current players to stay I do not believe that help is on the horizon. Chances are that by the time ‘the light’ goes on for DeRozan it’ll be back to square one for Raptor fans.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Some of that feels painfully true.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is hope so ill-mannered? I'm excited about him because of the franchise's perpetual, unfortunate shortcomings. Leave us our hope, for it is all we have. Imagination rules the world.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Is hope so ill-mannered? I'm excited about him because of the franchise's perpetual, unfortunate shortcomings. Leave us our hope, for it is all we have. Imagination rules the world.
That was really nicely put. Please leave the forum right now; we do not tolerate that sort of eloquence here.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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...My bubbles been bursted..
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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its spot on!
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think DeRozan is a steal at 9 but only time will tell us whether this is true.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That piece would have been spot-on if we had picked Jrue Holiday. Demar wasn't useless in college. He improved greatly as the season went on and became the leader on his team. He was the Pac 10 First Team All-Freshman, and Pac 10 Tournament MVP, beating out the likes of James Harden and Jordan Hill for the award. His team was rather mediocre but he took them to the tournament and averaged almost 20 ppg in the post-season.

I know we're hoping he pans out and becomes a really good player, but the hopes aren't far-fetched. DD showed signs of greatness in college. It's unfair to say he was picked only on potential.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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There is actually a longstanding Toronto tradition of fans being disappointed before they even have anything to base their disappointment on.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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And also a tradition of hyping up effect of every transaction and news.
9th pick in a weak draft, even if hes got immense potential, takes years to realise. As long as coaches whip him into doing right things and give playing time, its all good.
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There is actually a longstanding Toronto tradition of fans being disappointed before they even have anything to base their disappointment on.
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And this article is based in that. And saying he'll take 3-4yrs to developpe is just him pulling numbers out of his ass, and is based on nothing.
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9th pick in a weak draft, even if hes got immense potential, takes years.
Years? Boy poeple love to say years, predict merlin....how many?
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:29 AM   #15 (permalink)
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jeff is going personal

I call third year him to be starter in good NBA teams. Or labeled "bust" and "joey".
And never to achieve VC or TMac level.
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whatever, then i guess i have to keep my expectations low so he'll exceed them easily
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DeRozan could be like Gerald Green and i think he probably will be. Hopefully he develops quicker than most people think. I actually thought we should have picked up James Johnson or even tried to trade up to grab either Evans, Harden or Curry.
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that guy knows nothing at all. i hate these freakin reporters that go arouind running there mouths and don't know shit. put a sock in it mikey boy.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:56 PM   #19 (permalink)
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It's just not the kind of position that requires years to develop. He's either going to show something by the time the year is up, or he is going to be one of those guys that can't get it done. It's going to be all about having a well-defined role and accepting it. He's not coming in as green as a guy like Green, and he's on a team that is going to require him to not freelance as much as an immature player like that. So if he has an ounce of potential longterm, we'll see some of that translated this season.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:06 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I won't be disappointed, because I really don't have any expectations of him.
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