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Thread: Misconceptions about Derozan's Size

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    Default Misconceptions about Derozan's Size

    Whenever a suggestion to play Derozan at the SF position gets brought up, the number one reason people point to as to why it should not happen is the belief that Derozan is somehow too small to guard SF's. I've heard it many times on this forum that "Derozan needs to bulk up before he can play the 3".

    So I wanted to do a little comparison between DD's physical attributes and some of the other SF's in the league that are known for their defense:

    Derozan: 6'7 216lbs

    Andre Iguodala: 6'6 207 lbs (known as one of the best defenders in the league at his position)
    Luol Deng: 6'9 220 lbs (known as a great defender)
    Landry Fields (not one of the best known, but often mentioned as a better choice than demar): 6'7 215 lbs

    As we can see from here, Derozan's size is more than adequate enough to defend most SF's. Sure their are going to be some SF's that will be tougher to guard (lebron, paul pierce) but those guys are tough match ups for anyone in the league.

    Even a guy like Sefolosha who is known as one of the best wing defenders in the league, a guy who guarded lebron james in the NBA finals is 6'7 215lbs slightly smaller than Demar is.

    So I think it is time for us to dispel these notions that Demar cannot play the 3 because of his size, it is simply not true, he can play that position he is at the very least the average size to play it, and at best he is more athletically gifted than most SF's.

    Now learning how to play defense is another thing. I am not saying that he is a good defender, simply that size is not an issue for him defending SF. For those that say that he would be even more of a liability guarding the 3 as opposed to the 2, I believe that the SG position is probably one of the toughest positions to guard (after the PG).

    In fact seeing as how his long range shooting is well below NBA SG's, but he does have a strong mid range jumper, it might make more sense to park a 3pt shooting threat at the SG (fields) and have Demar play the 3 so he can use his mid range jumper and slash to the hoop.

    What do you guys think?

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    I'm glad you posted these comparisons.. I really did believe that Demar was much smaller. When I think Demar I can't picture him bigger than Igoudala

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    There are misconceptions about Demar's height. He's actually 6'5.5". Igoudala is a quarter inch taller. His standing reach is two inches greater than DD. Landry Fields is a whole inch taller. I have no measurement stats for Sefolosha.

    Source: http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/
    Last edited by stretch; Mon Jul 23rd, 2012 at 09:16 PM.

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    Quote stretch wrote: View Post
    There are misconceptions about Demar's height. He's actually 6'5.5". Igoudala is a quarter inch taller. His standing reach is two inches greater than DD. Landry Fields is a whole inch taller. I have no measurement stats for Sefolosha.

    Source: http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/
    All of my measurements are from NBA.com, seems like a credible source to me, here is a link for Demar's stats:

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/demar_derozan/

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    Casey seems to be pretty keen on Demar playing SF eventually. Remember, Bruce Bowen was only 6'7, and he was one of the best defensive players ever. Also, Demar is more atheletic than Bowen, and still has a lot of growing room. If he keeps bulking up, there is no reason he couldn't do it.
    Also, I think Dennis Rodman proved that being tall isn't everything.

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    The source is questionable but it says that Sefalosha has a standing reach of 7'2". Demar's is 6'9" according to Draft Express.

    Source: http://forums.hoopshype.com/forums/i...c=18607.0;wap2

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    Quote SuperRaptor wrote: View Post
    All of my measurements are from NBA.com, seems like a credible source to me, here is a link for Demar's stats:

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/demar_derozan/
    draftexpress.com's measurements are also from the NBA which publishes the pre draft measurements of those candidates that show up to