Derozan would fill best player available going sorely based on potential, need because there were 2-3 teams in the top 5 needing a shooting guard, but came into the league raw. But, his athleticism allowed him to contribute in a number of ways (defend passing lanes, penetration, athletic runner).
Boxscore/stats don't tell the story, but they also don't lie. There's a reason why you account for stats, and the wins.
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
DeRozan's goal for 2013 is to "put everything together, be more complete ... keep elevating my game."
DeMar with sweet music to my ears...... now JUST DO IT!
How can anyone be a Rap fan and not just love DeMar and his work ethic? Every team in the league has their hard worker, off season goal is that DeMar's hard work rubs off on the rest of the team.
Maybe more importantly, poor OJ Mayo!Quote:
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Rudy on DeMar DeRozan: "He's by far the best two-guard I've ever played with"... Poor Tony Allen!
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Biggest beneficiary with Rudy Gay in town. He, and Kyle played so controlled, and that's what a superstar does.
Now that teams cannot consistently double DeRozan and he has the space he needs to run the floor, his numbers will skyrocket.
I think DeRozan could be a mid 20 and 10 player from now until the end of the season.
I expect DeRozan to make the most of the new acquistions and be a standout as the 2nd option on offense averaging 19.5 ppg 4 rpg 4 apg
Reasonable DeRozan is a scorer he will never be a double double machine. Neither will Rudy Gay for that matter but I expect on average they should combine for 40+ points
He's had 7+ assists in 4 of the past 5 games.
That has been a part of the game that he is developing.
His rebound numbers have always floated around 3-5. If there is development in that area, I'll make a prediction.
4 out of the last 7 games, but he didn't suddenly transform into Oscar Robertson. 4 assists on average would be a optimistic prediction for the remainder of the year.
If he could average 20 / 5 / 5, I would be quite impressed. Expecting anything more than 5 rebounds/assists per game, over the course of an entire season, is just setting yourself up for disappointment. Even 5 & 5 is setting the bar pretty high, but that is what I expect to justify the new $9.5M annual salary.
I'm not expecting drastic improvement, I'm already pleasantly suprised with his improvement so far this year, consistency on both ends would go a long way.
He's going to be a career 20, 5 and 5 kind of guy at best IMO, which I am perfectly fine with. I think the prediction of him averaging 20 and 10 is extremely absurd. No way will he ever average 10 assists per game. Even top playmaking PG's don't average that other then Rondo.
For me, it has nothing to do with DeRozan's numbers, and everything to do with how he fits the team. A high-usage, low-efficiency player, who can't create shots, can't shoot, and can't defend, is a horribly poor fit on the wing with Gay.
DeRozan's game (or lack thereof) doesn't fit this team going forward.