DeMar is a G he'd do well.
DeMar is a G he'd do well.
One is the Blazers pick iirc (top 12 protected), that team looks to be on track to win 50+ games this year.
The other is the Pistons pick (top 8 protected), who are currently in the playoff picture (and Toronto trading DD would only make it easier for DET to get in).
So in all likelihood the picks would be like 16th and 24th or so.
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As for Amir, he brings a lot to the Raptors, much more than what we could possibly get from trading him.
I think we should keep DeMar unless it's a can't miss offer. I don't like the idea of completely blowing up the team just because DD (or Amir even) isn't on a rookie-scale deal. He's a starter and a legitimate #2 or #3 option on a contender and is paid as such. Having him here would limit the amount of time we have to spend rebuilding, because we have one less thing to worry about when re-constructing the team. Theoretically, if you were able to move Gay and Lowry, with DD, Val, Ross and Amir in tow, you'd only have to concern yourself with getting a franchise guy at the 1 or 3 via the draft (and conveniently 5 of the top 6 prospects play those positions), and a starter/near all-star type guy at the other position. Then it's about building with those guys.
If DD can come close to producing what he has for the last five on a consistent basis then he is one of your pieces moving forward. So then you have JV, DD, Ross Amir and Fields. You need a really good PG (near all-star level) and a really good PF and a good wing and there is your 8 man rotation.
somebody's gotta take DeRozans heart and inject it into the entire team.... guy wants better so sad he goes hard and the team doent match his mindset.
Kid is going IN. join the club Gay or get traded.
The conclusion we’re coming to when showing the graphs, is when either DeMar or Rudy is having a good game, the other tends to struggle. If this is the trend that will follow throughout the season, it’s going to be a major problem for the offense. It becomes a, “whoever gets hot first, is the main guy that night” between Rudy and DeMar. No consistency whatsoever, and despite Rudy and DeMar saying that they don’t “take turns,” it will eventually become that. This type of mentality takes away from guys like Amir, JV, Kyle Lowry, and Terrence Ross. Now, if a guy like Landry Fields were to be the partner for DeMar or Rudy, I’m sure there wouldn’t be such a major gap between production. A guy like Landry Fields shoots within the offense, and cuts without the ball. This allows more ball movement, efficient shooting, consistent production, and more touches for guys on the team.
I think a lot of people don't remember/realize that DeMar DeRozan was supposed to be a long-term project when he was drafted. The guy didn't really come into the league with a whole lot of refined skills. He's made significant improvements in several areas to the point where he could legitimately be a #2 or #3 scoring option on a contending team.
I certainly hope we're past the days of people calling DeMar a "below average" player.
ESPN listing Demar as one of the top over achievers on the year:
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
WARP: 1.49 over projection
Long despised by analytics, DeRozan's game has become more efficient thanks to improved shot selection and playmaking. More of his shot attempts have come from behind the arc, and while DeRozan's stroke is still inconsistent, he is shooting the 3 at a career-high rate (33 percent). His assist rate is also a career best, and two of his three highest assist totals for the season have come since the Raptors traded Rudy Gay to the Kings. DeRozan is not a star, but he has become a truly productive player.