Realistically, Demar is a good, yet slightly inefficient, scorer for his position. Him being 23 along with his current trend of improvement project an increase in Demar's effectiveness as the years go by.
Optimistically, Demar is great enough to be part of a deep playoff starting rotation, in a few years can reach All-Star status!
Pessimistically, Demar is crap, he will never be good, lets abandon hope.
Now, which of these 3 would you categorize Brandon's quote under?
However, my issue isn't to argue whether or not he has improved and what the stats say about his efficiency this year. I was responding to a "fan's" statement that he enjoys pointing out a piece that disses a player on his team, one that happens to be working his tail off, and despite whatever the naysayers which to extrapolate from stats alone, is showing improvement in virtually every aspect of his game, 3 point shooting excepted. It's the glee over some stat geek saying that a young player on "your team" isn't as good as some believe. Joy in pessimism being confirmed by last year's stats??? I don't get it.
If you get enjoyment from that, I feel sorry for you. If you like the game, there's has to be a better way to enjoy it.
Know basketball, know fun. No basketball, no fun.
I'm not going to get drawn into an argument about whether or not DD is a 'good' player. The point is that Brandon doesn't think he is, he has the stats to back it up, and he's expressing his opinion. Whether you call it pessimism or not, he has every right to do so and you might want to consider that although his opinion may be somewhat extreme, it comes from the same place an overly optimistic opinion comes from: passion for the team. He wouldn't be arguing that DD is crap if he didn't care about the team and didn't want them to go in a different direction.
nice article http://worldthroughsports.wordpress....s-improvement/
"DeMarís Synergy numbers are similarly sparkling. Right now, heís the 6th most efficient post player in the league, and heís averaging 1.03 PPP. Compare that to Kobe Bryantís 1.04 PPP, on slightly fewer post plays. DeMarís spot up and pick and roll shot making has improved too. Heís the 23rd most efficient spot up scorer, and the 13 most efficient scorer as the ballhandler in pick and rolls. His jump shot appears more confident, and I donít cringe when he takes 3 pointers anymore, at least not when heís open. In the pick and roll DeMar has been able to get to the rim more often, and even though heís still blatantly and mystifyingly disrespected by officials (seriously, I think he may be one of the 10 most disrespected players in the league) heís recording a career high Free Throw Rate, which is a big reason for his increased efficiency from last year."
Get it yet? My point isn't about his opinion of DD, but what he's getting enjoyment from, but if that turns you on.....
Know basketball, know fun. No basketball, no fun.
The particular passage I quoted was one which was both pithy and free of euphemistic language. That is what I appreciated about it. Also, it's unquestionably true.
If DeRozan is no Vince Carter than Brandon is no genius
Also to call Derozan's contract disastrous just shows how off the rails you are. He's not paid like an elite level talent is he? Is he getting properly compensated for where he is and where the franchise sees him developing this year and the next few? Absolutely. Nobody came out (other than psycho medicated Raptors fans) and said they thought Derozan's contract was an absurd overpayment. I didn't see any anyway.
And please stop calling the front office a regime. See my last comment about ridiculous pretension. If your points are valid you don't have to stretch the meaning of nice sounding words to validate them.
Demar's eFG% and TS% are up from last year, but still down from his first 2 years in the league. Hist 3pt % is down from last year, but equal to his rookie year. However he is taking more 3pters. His assist% is up from his first two years in the league, but down from last year - although I do want to point out that decrease from last year is marginal, but so is the increase from his 2nd year. His TOV% is by far his lowest to date. His fta/fga is amazingly consistent with his historic fta/fga per game (0.39, 0.37, 0.35, 0.39). His rebounding is up from the previous 2 years - but on par with his rookie year.He’s scoring more efficiently, and he’s diversified his offensive game. He’s rebounding better.
So has Demar diversified his offensive game? Yes. He is posting up more, shooting more 3s, shooting less 18-23fters than ever and controlling the ball better.
But has that led to scoring more efficiently? Only compared to last season. Looking at everything as a whole he is pretty much on par with his historic numbers.
Will it lead to more efficient scoring? It should.
I don't doubt that should Demar become consistent with his play he will have by far his best season to date. However, if he remains inconsistent, which he has this short season so far and over his career, he'll end up looking like he always has.
Thats been the real problem with Demar. Consistency.
Example. This year alone Demar has had 2 games with > 5 assists. He's only done that in 1 game before in his career. Sounds very promising right? Except those games are sandwiched between 3 games of 0 assists, and the 3 previous games were 1, 1, 2. Now I'm not expecting Demar to rack up 5 assist a games or nothing, but its an example of the real story of Demar. Will he or can he become consistent?
Unfortunately it sounds amazingly similar to another Raptor we all know too well.....
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