It seems that a good number of fans have incredibly high expectations for where Demar is supposed to be in terms of skill development. Anyone expecting Demar to suddenly make a leap into the upper-echelon of the league is delusional. But to expect to see development of both skill and intensity from Demar is reasonable. There was a stretch in the 4th quarter tonight against Miami where Demar clearly tried to take over...which is not something he would have done at any point last year. I have been impressed with his development and he could become a very efficient and capable player in short time if he continues to have the freedom to attack.
One thing though. Check out how often DeMar is assisted on field goals this year compared to last. He's maintaining a fairly high shooting percentage while doing a lot more on his own. Majority of his shots last year were spot up j's, and cuts. This year, he's driving into the paint, and creating jumpers for himself. Check Hoopdata.com. http://www.hoopdata.com/player.aspx?...eMar%20DeRozan
I'm loving his shot selection. It's cliche with Raptors fans, but once his midrange j becomes consistent, he's going to be deadly. The handle is fine. The shot selection? Fantastic. The aggression? Perfect.
Just get him the ball.
Well it's about time.MIKE GANTER wrote:
You always try to run crunch-time plays for players who can get to the line. DeRozan is the best on the team at that so this makes sense. He's shooting 75% from the line, could be better but he's improved since the early season. At the same time, thinking that this will solve fourth-quarter scoring problems is incorrect, you need at least one another player who's hot, either Bargnani or one of the points. The inconsistency of those guys trumps everything.
I was really impressed with Derozan against Miami and my favourite play was not the highlight dunk that was dished by Weems but Demar taking it straight to Lebron and scores, that was fearless and impressive.
I thought the 2 fts he made at the end of the Magic game were ice. That's what the good ones do...hope he keeps on improving.
So.. yeah, why is there another thread about DeRozan? Why couldn't it just be in one of the other DeRozan threads?
Weems is the next Pippen, Bargnani is the next Dirk, Bayless is the next Monta Ellis and Ed Davis is the next David Robinson.
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derozan is the next ball hog on raptors(after JJ leaves), Bargs is the next bust(after Oden), Amir is the next bosh(develop and leave raptors), weems is the next...d wade