He needs serious work on his handles.
He needs serious work on his handles.
He has this move now where he comes off the pick n roll from the 3-point line, drives into the lane, does this stupid effing spin, and then they pick him off......
In his past two games he's 10/27 = 37%, with lots of long 2pt shots and weak finishes at the rim. If Ross makes significant improvements between now and the start of next season, then I don't see how DeRozan doesn't become trade bait #2 (after Bargnani, of course) in the offseason to acquire a star PF (ie: Millsap, Gasol - high quality player), especially given the team's financial situation and wing depth.
EDIT* You have to earn your minutes. He's lost them. I think minutes are a good argument, but he gets enough time to do his job. You might say "How is 5 minutes possible for anyone to prove anything?" Well, with what he's expected to do - and from last night - he got well enough shots up and time to warrant minutes for the game.
Ross doesn't make good use of his minutes, he reminds me of Bayless who tries to force EVERYTHING. Over-aggressive defense, fouling, jumping on fakes, shooting every time he touches the ball. Don't get me wrong, I believe his potential is really high, definitely better than Derozan's, but, as a rookie, he's trying to do too much.
Cant we just see that soon (probably next season) Gay DeRozan and Ross will be a great wing rotation possibly top 8 10 in the NBA. DeMar strengths are Ross's weaknesses and vice versa nothing wrong with depth, Ross has just hit the rookie wall he will be good soon we've all seen it the dunk off really made him lose track of priorities.
Demar's scoring is not an issue for me. It's his handles and worse, defence. Tony Allen is right - Demar is all score and little win. Sorry man, there's more to ball than scoring. I expect some semblance of defense from any starter. I agree that there's only a few Tony Allens and Thabo Sefolosha's out there. I've just never been a fan of Demar since day 1.
I find demar is finding ways to be a positive even when not scoring. when his shot is falling he is dropping 20 and I find this year he is getting his steals up and had some good rebounding games. mostly his passing has improved. the Memphis game had nothing to do with Allen or demar and everything to do with gay. he missed demar on what would have been easy fast break points and there would would be no way to say Allen shut him down then.
his problem and the teams is half court sets. that's on the coach and gm. bigv can't be trusted down low to not get stripped because he lacks experience and bargs likes the outside, where he should be and amirs post up game is still developing.
if you watch, all the nice plays and passes come in transition. a player like pau would do wonders for the half court game.
right now we are an outside inside team that doesn't shoot particularly well from the outside.
@DeMar_DeRozan entered season w/ 5 games of 5 or more assists. Recorded his 8th of the season tonight w/ 6 asts.
DeMar had a very quiet but effective game tonight didnt know what it was till I checked the boxscore.
You can see he is getting more comfortable as a facilitator as he is being used more on screen and rolls as opposed to purely off ball like last season. I'm happy with his improvement but he still has a ways to go given that he was not gifted the ball skills of a James Harden. Overall, this has been a very good season for Demar with the occasional disappearance against physical defenders.
More work on the handles + a 3 pointer will go a loooong way.
I think his handles have improved or at least he is more comfortable taking his man off the bounce. His off hand dribbling is still an issue, however.