DeMar DeRozan has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 4, the NBA announced Monday.
This marks the fourth time already this year that DeRozan has earned the honor, giving him a franchise-best nine POTW awards all-time. DeRozan has downplayed the significance of them, and it speaks to the level he’s ascended to that they’re happening with regularity and in such casual fashion. He was also named Player of the Month for January.
The Raptors went 4-0 this week, with DeRozan averaging 20.8 points on 58.6-percent true-shooting in 33.3 minutes. He also added three rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.8 steals, playing to a plus-39 overall.
On the season, DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a career-high 5.2 assists in just 34 minutes, the fewest he’s played since 2009-10. He’s scoring with a career-best 56 true-shooting percentage, has a career-best 25.1-percent assist rate, is posting the best Win Share rate, Box Plus-Minus, and Real Plus-Minus of his career, and the Raptors have outscored opponents by a robust seven points per-100 possessions when he’s on the floor. He’ll receive down-ballot MVP votes in April.