My suggestion is you ignore responses you consider overly emotional or irrational. At some point you can consider using the ignore feature. I can tell you from personal experience that then it is just like being inside a house and looking outside through the double insulated windows. You can see the weather vane spinning like mad, but the wind doesn't touch you
Every time I look at this thread I just see arguments after arguments about the same thing hahah I just even bother to post on this thread because someone is gonna force there opinion on me looool
If a thread is discussing whether DeRozan belongs within the league's Top 5, doesn't it make sense that the discussion will involve both his strengths and weaknesses?
I don't think this phenomenon is isolated within the Raptors' fanbase, or even the NBA. That's just the nature of professional sports.
I also find the inability of some posters to be flexible in their views as circumstances change to be confusing. For example, wanting to keep DeRozan but change his role on the team. Why? How could someone who criticized his lack of defense and ability to stretch the floor want to now suddenly "talk out of the side of his mouth" and keep said player but in a 6th man role? A simple reason: Terrence Ross' emergence after Gay trade. Prior to the trade, Gay and DeRozan were duplicates. It was assumed by me that DeRozan could be easier to trade and return more value than Gay especially after Gay became the laughingstock of the league. So Gay gets traded and Ross gets a chance. Just 3 weeks ago the chatter was all "Ross is a bust!" Now not so much. He is the 3 and D player I felt the Raptors needed.... and guess what! Now they have him - hoo-ray! But a problem still remains: DeRozan is as inefficient as ever. Sure he will have his games where he is incredible (like versus Miami.... however sidenote: he is a jump shooter who becomes less effectives as the game goes on as evident by 9-11 start and 2-8 finish but I digress) but over an 82 game season and playoffs the averages are going to even out. Once those averages even out suddenly a primary scoring option getting just 1.15 PPS matters.... sorry. People want to split hairs, look at the exceptions, or make excuses why DeRozan will work as a number 1 option when there is little to nothing other than blind fanaticism that backs it up except finding highly efficient scoring options all around him (like Portland with Aldridge and then Lillard, Matthews, Batum, and Lopez). Now DeRozan would be an extremely expensive 6th man gunner of the bench at $9.5M - no doubt. But it is not unheard of. Manu made some serious coin in the same role in San Antonio.... and seriously if it is good enough for Manu, shouldn't it be good enough for DeRozan? Isn't winning what matters? Personally I think DeRozan's strengths are one of the easiest to replace in the league however he currently fits with team - and that is what matters. The chemistry and intangibles are there so why not look to keep him? Now maybe the movement to a 6th man role alters things.... who knows? But if the winning continues while he suffers, he can be replaced if he is not happy winning. If the losing returns while he suffers, well, another Gay-like trade might be in the Raptors future (not saying DeRozan is the Gay in this situation btw). If the winning continues and he thrives, you likely have a legit contender.
Anyways..... whatever lol
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One thing everyone needs you understand is that in no way, shape or form Demar Derozan is not a #1 option on a contending team. The raptors management always had a problem of making players #1 options when they weren't ala Chris bosh, Andrea bargnani and the fan base believing that these guys were true #1 options
Lordy. Voila, but I must avoid the "vendetta", even though there's yet another backdoor jab/taunt in there.
CRF mentioned it earlier: Derozan is currently the alpha dog on the Raptors -- he's going to necessarily take the bulk of any criticism, same way Bosh and Bargnani did in the past. If that's unpalatable to you, you're in for a rough ride -- until Toronto gets that still-missing elite player.
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And, given that both the position he plays and his spot at the top of the team's offensive pecking order tend to generate forced, contested jump shots - in addition to whatever forced, contested jumpers he may take that have nothing to do with either of the circumstances mentioned above - it makes him a ripe, easy target.
FWIW, probably my main reservation of DeMar as a valuable NBA player was that he would always just disappear during important stretches in important games. The way he played at the end of that Indiana game though, was incredible. We'd never seen him do anything close to that, and of any growth that he's made this year, I'd say that that was by far the most important and impressive.
And he carried it over to the first half of the Heat game. Played with a super confident, "I've got this" vibe that he's only ever shown in the Drew league before. He didn't shoot so well in the fourth, but when you have those freaking demonic Miami defenders tearing all over the court, you can't really blame the guy.
Look at LeBron. It has only been the last two seasons when he finally won that his critics quieted. But even after his first championship there were still some. Now that he has 2 championships under his belt and he continues to evolve and become more efficient you barely hear a peep.
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And yeah, the DeMar discussion is what it is, largely because he's our default go-to guy. Still, as someone raised this point a bit earlier in this thread, he's surpassed my expectations given how raw he was as a prospect. He was completely raw with no real basketball skills when we drafted him. The fact that he didn't "bust" or end up a super-limited player is at least noteworthy, regardless of any criticisms people might have against him.
This is also why I think he is analyzed so hard, we've all seen how far he has come as a player, I don't believe any reason why he can't become even better because he has showed he doesn't let anything really get in the way of his own development. He's played on some fuckin shitty Raptor teams and he has still just kept slowly working on his game and getting better every year. And this year he's exceeded a lot of expectations so far. So, it's very exciting to watch along with the rest of the team. There's just a few things he needs to work on still, that's all lol
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