DeMar DeRozan DeDominating

Jan 6, 2012


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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is off to a great start. He has scored 20+ in his past two games and three of his past five.
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In his past game he hit a career-high five three-pointer. Not just a career-high for a game, it matched his career high for a season. DeRozan hit a combined nine three-pointers in his first two years in the league. He’s already topped that number at ten.
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DeRozan made a big scoring leap last year, going from 8.6 ppg as a rookie to 17.2 ppg. His playing time increased by 13 minutes so the increase was to be expected.
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So far DeMar has played slightly fewer minutes than last season, but that won’t be an issue.
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DeRozan is a scorer. He is athletic and he just has a knack for getting the ball in the hoop. Given his athleticism, he’s not a particularly good rebounder. In fact, his current pace of 4.0 rpg is a career high. Don’t expect a large amount of assists either. That’s not his game.
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Until this year he was a two category player. He could give you scoring and a nice field goal percentage. Not that it’s not enough to have a guy that’s been an 18+ scorer since the calendars turned to 2011 last year, but his added three-point touch is a fantasy game-changer.
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Suddenly he’s giving you three categories, plus his decent rebounding numbers and improved free-throw shooting (84.0 percent), making him more valuable than most of us thought he’d be.
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I would not recommend trying to “sell high” on him. I think there is more to come from DeRozan. In fact, I’d do the opposite and see if you can get him at a reasonable price.
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