According to Basketball Reference, 42 of his 78 makes at the Rim were Assisted. So I'd say it happens fairly regularly.Quote:
Demar is a lot more active off the ball when Lowry is playing along side him, Lowry possibly driving makes the defense have to respect the offense of our backcourt more equally.
Calderon was never al that great at setting up players like Demar. DeRozan even has the ball in his hands more with Lowry as PG to get his ast numbers up.
im glad u put a link to the stats you use for derozans efficiency at the rim...if u look on the same site stats for T.Ross youll see hes converting 69% at the rim as a Rookie...Soo the one thing Demar is good at T.Ross is Better at
Last year this may have been the case, but not this year. Not from what I've seen.
But just to play your game here.. Terrence Ross' Strength is shooting from distance, ya?
And yet Demar is far better shooting from 10ft-15ft, and 16ft to the 3pt line (Combined Demar is at 39.6%, compared to Ross 32.8%). And on top of that Ross's 33% from 3 is nothing to brag about.
Again, don't get me wrong, Love me some TRoss and have supported him from the minute he was picked, but this whole notion that Ross makes Demar expendable is ridiculous in my opinion.
My point being that Demar has already turned into a legit Shooting Guard. In my opinion.Quote:
And could very easily translate these skills to the 3-spot.
If anything, Demars play of late has made Rudy Gay expendable...(though Rudy's play hasn't helped any). Their numbers are basically a wash, with Demar coming in slightly more efficient.
As much as DeRozan has improved, I still think he's a little overrated by Raptors fans and not worth his new contract. I fear him ultimately suffering the same fate as Bargnani, in that he's not a true #1 guy who's been forced to become the face/cornerstone/#1 guy of the franchise by management. He's still very inconsistent, inefficient, subpar defensively and at the 3pt line, despite his improvements this season.
I would be happy with the folllowing:
1. Trade DeRozan & Calderon for Gay (and likely Selby, since they already have 4 PGs before adding Calderon)
2. Trade Bargnani (as much as I have defended him, he and Toronto need a divorce)
3. Trade Anderson (he's 30, at peak value and not in the team's long-term plans)
4. Trade Pietrus (some playoff team might like his veteran defense & 3pt shooting)
5. Trade Kleiza or amnesty him next offseason (ESPN had an Insider rumor today about Kleiza being a top amnesty candidate)
They'd have a solid young core group for the long-term:
PF: Davis, Johnson
SG: Ross, Fields
I think the Raps would be in pretty decent shape heading into next offseason, where they could potentially target a free agent PF, if they aren't satisfied with Davis as the starter (especially if Bargnani amounts to a salary dump and Kleiza is amnestied).
Projecting Demars growth going forward, I'll take Demar over Rudy.
And with the way Rudy has regressed this year, its makes it even easier for me to take Demar going forward. Ignoring contracts.
However, keeping contracts in mind, Demar is now a no-brainer over Rudy. In my crazy opinion.
The only thing Rudy will have over Demar when Demar is 26, is an inch in height, and alot more money from his crazy Max-contract.
But at the end of the day, the most important distinction between DeMar and Gay is Gay's ability to create something out of nothing. He's a closer. You can clear out the floor and give him the ball in an ISO situation, with the clock winding down, and say "create a shot....win us the game". We haven't had such a weapon since Vince quit (approaching 8 years).
I think Gay's skillset is far too valuable to pass up.
Rudy Gay leads Memphis in usage rate with a career-high of 25.84, his TS% is a career-low 48.7, 44% of his shots are assisted. Inside 9 ft he shoots 53.8% on 6.5 attempts per game. Between 10-23ft Rudy shoots 39.2% on 5.6 attempts. 32.3 3P% on 3.3 attempts. 0.25 FT rate, second lowest in his career. Career high is 0.31
Demar's usage rate is 23.99, TS% of 52.5, 52% of his shots are assisted, down from 63.8% last year. Inside 9ft he shoots 61.6% on 6 attempts per game. Between 10-23ft Demar shoots 37.8% on 6.6 attempts. 30.9 3P%, 1.7 attempts. Career low 0.32 FT rate, 0.37 last year.
Would his FG% not be reflective of this though? Feels like it should. But at 41% on the season, Rudy is shooting at lower clip than any FG% Demar has ever averaged as a Pro.Quote:
How is Rudy on defense?...I know what he can do on offense.
Demar is 3 years younger, millions of dollars cheaper, used less and more efficient.
trading him for one inch, less efficient scoring and millions of dollars doesn't make sense.
chewbacca is a wookie. wookies do not live on endor. it does not make sense.