Day Six Summer League Roundup – TrueHoop By Henry Abbott – ESPN DeMar DeRozan is far more polished than advertised. He uses his quickness to build his game. As Mike Moreau said in David Thorpe’s twitter thread, “Demar DeRozan really comes off the curl with speed, balance and elevation-very controlled. Will come off a decade’s worth of pindowns.” He also rarely takes a bad shot — uncommon among rookies and in Summer League, and particularly uncommon among rookies in Summer League.
PBN | DeRozan looking good As for Raptors first-round pick DeMar DeRozen … the 6-7 forward is looking good with averages of 16.3 points on 47 percent shooting through four games. He’s had two games of 20 points and another of 15, displaying a real know-how when it comes to getting to the basket and finding ways to put the ball in it once there.
NBA stars in China CCTV-International Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Baron Davis and Jose Calderon from the Toronto Raptors went to Changsha, central China’s Hunan province. Davis gave some signed gloves to the fans, and was busy filming what he’d seen in China with a DV camera.The two stars also went to Hunan University to greet students. They watched China’s traditional lion dance, and put on the finish touches to the lions’ eyes, a Chinese custom meaning they are very important guests. They’ll next fly to Shanghai, the last stop of their Chinese tour.
LEFTOVERS: DeRozan’s best move: USC exit – ReviewJournal.com It has been nothing but bad news for USC basketball lately. After DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett announced intentions to turn pro, the Floyd scandal broke.It appears DeRozan’s one-and-done move was the right one, and he confirmed as much. “I don’t regret anything,” he said.
DeRozan, drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors, has been one of the most impressive players in the summer league. He scored 20 points Wednesday and made the winning layup to lift the Raptors to a 74-73 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Cox Pavilion.
Wonderday.ca – Raptors Off-Season – Review DeRozan had a sensible answer for NBA.com when asked what the players could do to entice Bosh to re-up.“We have to win. A player like Chris Bosh, all he wants to do is win.”
We go back to the question: how much have the Raptors improved? It’s a question with a subtext…will it be enough to entice Bosh?
I am beginning to think so. For one thing, the looming clouds in the economy and the first backslide in the salary cap in 24 years will put the brakes on what was expected to be a full-court press for talent in 2010. Dwyane Wade has signaled a return to Miami and the glut of talent beyond LeBron James (the list might include Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, Richard Jefferson, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Redd and Tyson Chandler) suddenly might have a dampening effect on the market.
NBA free agents: The latest chatter on Allen Iverson, Lamar Odom – ESPN • Hedo Turkoglu’s five-year, $52.8 million contract with Toronto includes a trade kicker and the right to opt out and return to free agency in the summer of 2013.• Andrea Bargnani’s five-year extension in Toronto starting in 2010-11 is worth an even $50 million. The deal includes an early termination option to return to free agency in the summer of 2014 as well as a trade kicker and incentives.
Anthony Parker – The FAN 590 Toronto the ex-Raptor chats on the Director’s Chair with Doug Farraway about his decision to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and reflects on his time in Toronto.
Bryan Colangelo’s Summer Vacation « The Rap Report Well, if I were a guessing man, and I am, I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see Bryan Colangelo re-approach Chris Bosh with a contract extension this summer. Particularly if BC is able to wiggle Jarrett Jack away from the Pacers (Chris Bosh’s best friend in the league).Given the economic climate and the league’s prediction that the cap will fall significantly in one years’ time, Chris Bosh will listen. He’d be foolish not to.
If Colaneglo is able to re-sign Chris Bosh you might as well award him Executive of the Year now, that and the keys to the city.
Catch that fish (all 6 foot 10 of it) and we can all sit back and relax. The Raptors would have a very solid core, locked in place for several years to come, surrounded by some very tradable assets.
Vegas: Douby’s Second Chance – HOOPSWORLD The Raptors have a better understanding of Douby’s skill set.”They definitely know I’m a pure scorer. I can shoot the ball. They also want me to also focus on distributing the ball, playing pressure defensive – focusing on that stuff,” said Quincy. “But also keep on working on my scoring ability and scooting, have the whole package.”
With Jose Calderon and presumably Jarrett Jack (should the Indiana Pacers pass on their restricted free agent), Douby may finally have the opportunity to play to his strength as an undersized two-guard.
Court Surfing – The Score DeRozan finished with 15 points and six rebounds, but connected on just three of his six free throw attempts. It was a good game for him as he continued to look more and more comfortable asking for the ball. A nice surprise is his ballhandling. The guy has a nice handle and when he’s in the open court he is dangerous.