For sure, there is a huge mental hurdle for him. But we all know he has the hops to destroy people at the hoop ala VC and T-Mac in the "glory" years.
My only concern is that after starting since day one, would his ego allow it? Or would he be like Bayless and turn into a completly different player when he's not starting, because he's too busy moping, letting his ego and sense of entitlement get the better of him? If he embraced the role, I think he'd be a fantastic 6th man.
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Like someone else mentioned earlier, even if he does pull it together this year, how much money do you really want to give him? Is he a $8-$10Mil guy and can he sustain it in non-contract years? I think I'd prefer to trade him at the deadline (hopefully after a good season for more return) than to bank on him being consistent from here on out.
For me, DeRozan's future with Toronto comes down to 3 factors:
1. How much improvement does DeRozan show this year - does he become a star SG, or prove he's best suited for 6th man scorer role?
2. Does Ross show an ability to effectively replace DeRozan as the "young, athletic starting SG with loads of potential, on a rookie-scale contract"?
3. What would DeRozan (alone or in a bigger package deal) return in a possible trade, either at the deadline or as a S&T next offseason?
Demar Derozan does not have the killer instinct. He reminds me of a poor mans Joe Johnson a little bit, but without the amazing shooting ability or the iso ability.
Although, what I've seen of DeRozan on a couple of tapes and videos, his ball-handling has significantly improved, and that open jumper/pull-up jumper does not look guard-able. Not to mention the fact he is already deadly in the open court.
If Derozan can build into a Joe Johnson type player, I wouldn't be upset. Derozan having a capable handle, and a good outside jumper could easily average 20+ points, being he can score well even without a great handle/jump-shot.
Wasn't he compared to Kobe and Vince when first drafted? I see the Kobe-esque scoring in his mid-ranged jump-shot and the post game, and the athleticism like Vince, but nothing else.
I think we also have to cut Demar some slack here, it's like nobody remembers that he was extremely raw coming in to the league. Defensively there's no excuse, but offensively, with no other threat on the court, he will get pressured. And with his raw game, there's not much to go to.
But, remember his second year - the year he had his breakout year - would be his rookie season if stayed another year.
Also, a second year could hurt the draft stock or value for a player in all circumstances. It's happened to the best of players i.e Sullinger, Jones, Barnes. Even more players from past drafts.
I think the pressure got to him, and like you said, being an immature 1-and-down player, he didn't know how to handle it when it came by him.
Further more, you've got guys like TMac, Kobe, Lebron, KG, Tyson Chandler, Al Harrington, Monta Ellis, Dwight, Amare, Josh Smith etc, who have all taken what started off as Freak athleticism in High School, and turned into Exceptional careers in the NBA.
Without so much as a single day in the NCAA.
Yes you also have guys like Gerald Green and Johnathan Bender who have NOT; but I don't think you can make a blanket statement such as yours without acknowledging that MANY players have succeeded with ZERO years of NCAA basketball.
Not to mention he left USC so he could support his Dying Mother ...
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"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant
And I did not know about his mother's condition.... Wow, Demar is a good man though. I can tell he is a family man for sure.
You know, I'm not a huge Derozan fan (although i dont dislike him either) but I think the idea that he is soft and doesn't finish hard around the rim is bullshit, to be blunt. He draws a TON of fouls. I'm not saying he can't be even better but, let's at least criticize him for all the stuff he's bad at, instead of the stuff he's good at. The reason he doesn't 'crown' people more is because it is hard to dunk over defenders who are 4 inches taller than you And weigh 50 pounds more. If you foul a guy hard in the air, he usually won't finish, and the guys that do are often superstars. Derozan is totally willing to drive into a bigger defender and finish or get fouled. He does it all the time. He takes a beating most games, which is why he sometimes complains about not getting calls. But he still usually sucks it up and does what he does, and good for him.
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