Demar's Synergy stats (which reflect man defense better, which is important for wings) have improved considerably.
He is ranked 34th overall in PPP on defense.
Isolation? 1st overall.
P&R ball handler, 17th
Spot up, 46th
Off screen 55th.
The one I want to focus in on is spot up. This has traditionally been Demar's Achilles heel in Synergy stats. According to raptorshq, which is the only reference I could find, Demar ranked 273rd last season in spot up situations. To move up to 46th is a massive improvement.
Because of his lack of lateral quicks he often gave too much of a cushion to shooters. He also tended to lose his man on screens. We see much less of that lately. We see him contesting shots with vigor, we see him recovering better as well.
If you don't see improvement, then it's because you choose not to see. And that is all the defending I'm going to do in a thread which should celebrate improvements like this instead of picking at every tiny fault.
PS. To show you how far he's come, here are some comparisons from Demar in March 2011:
P&R ball handler 185th
Spot up 184th
Off screen 78th
But his consistency is still atrocious, and I think these stats overstate things a bit as he's still generally guarding the least talented of the other team's perimeter players. Ross often takes the tougher matchup, and Gay did before that, and Anderson before that, and Johnson before that......
That's not a huge knock. I still think DeMar isn't a weak link anymore when he's engaged. But I've also seen him be a turnstile more than once this year.
I've also seen pretty bad efforts from he, Kyle and before he was traded, Rudy, in terms of fighting through screens. And nights where guys are getting into the lane far too easily, making life very hard on our bigs who are scrambling to cover up their mistakes.
I would like DeMar's D to be consistent. I had the same complaint about his rebounding even in the first month of this season. He turned that around, so I hope his D comes around too in the long-run.
Pushing him? I believe it's very evident that one of his great attributes is that he does a very good job of that himself, and I doubt he looks to RR for his inspiration. He certainly can make improvements, but based on his determination and work ethic, is there still serious doubt that he won't? Shit, there was an incredible amount of "he is what he is", "there will be no marked improvement from him" expertise thrown around here for months. Now that he's proven all of that wrong, the same people are now trying to nitpick him at the very moment he gets an all-star nod?
Incredible. I wonder. Has anyone who is trying their best to "qualify" his all star selection as something less than normal, also qualified other all -star selections of the past, when claiming we have no all-stars, or that DD will never be one? This downplaying of his selection, and value to this team (not you individually, but a certain collective thing), seems more about stubborn "my shtick is being right", a la Tim W, than it is about "pushing" DD.
- I thought I was pretty clear that those improvements addressed #1 (one-dimensional scorer). I gave him full credit for those improvements, in terms of both production and consistency.
- I have given DeRozan plenty of praise and indicated long before the announcement of reserves, that I felt he and Lowry were both deserving. Despite my criticisms, I still believe he rightfully earned his spot (though yes, he would be #2 on the Raptors behind Lowry, in my books). The only reason any of this has been rehashed is because of the inflammatory personal attacks that were issued against me and others by special1, seemingly indicating that being named to the all-star team meant that DeRozan was now above any criticism and that all previous criticisms were null and void. I'm sorry, that's just not the case. He's a good scorer, but not an efficient scorer. His 3pt shooting started better (again) but has dropped off, getting much closer to his career average. His defense isn't great, but I understand that is somewhat subjective and debatable. The SF point is more a personal preference, rather than a true criticism. The only reason I raised any of these points was because I was simply responding to an unprovoked personal attack.
- I fully admit I was wrong on this and give full credit to DeRozan (though the health of Rose, Rondo and Dwill may have had some influence)
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Fri Jan 31st, 2014 at 12:32 PM.
Seriously guys, there is definitely areas in his game that Demar still has to improve on but right now in this thread is not really the place to discuss it.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm so happy we have an all-star on our squad, who we drafted and who got there on his own, regardless of all the different coaches and teammates he's gone through.
"You clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in: I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!"
- Walter White
Myself, I was specifically referring to the TNT guys, not coaches.
As for the coaches themselves, who knows what they're thinking. From what I understand, there aren't enough hours in the day for them to do their real jobs, so it wouldnt surprise me if they give this little to no thought. Or just pawn it off to an assistant.
Last edited by JimiCliff; Fri Jan 31st, 2014 at 07:30 PM.
Once you're an all-star - even if it's only one season - you're an all-star.
People will refer to you as an all-star from that point on.
You know what that does for a guy's image?
Remember, it's a business.
Being an all-star is very, very important to these guys.
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