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DeMar DeRozan - SG, 6'7, 216
Toronto Raptors - Drafted 9th overall in 2009
       Date of birth: 08/07/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 9th pick, 2009
     Out of: USC
  NBA Experience: 7 years
  Hand: Right

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   2010 Summer League Rosters: Toronto Raptors

DeMar DeRozan

Speaking of taking a while, we knew it would take a while with DeMar Derozan, too. But the early returns were not good. Despite 65 starts in his rookie season, Derozan demonstrated little offensive ability outside of athleticism and the occasional drive to the basket (normally without the ball). He projects well defensively, and had his moments on that end, but he also hit four threes all year and still can't dribble. You can't be a star if you can't do those things, and nor can you really be a shooting guard. Especially if your point guard is Jose Calderon. Derozan scored a few anyway, through movement and a decent mid-range shot, but these core skills need work.

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   New Jersey......Toronto.......London.

Whatever popularity the Cal-Deron point guard combination had at the opening tap slowly gave way to a strong DeMar Derozan following. Derozan starred in this game, and was cheered on every one of his successful forays to the basket, be they in the half court or the open floor. And there were many such forays. Derozan - a man who once couldn't separate himself from Sonny Weems - went on to record a game high 30 points, taking only 19 shots to do it, and did not commit a turnover, despite all his aggression. Lest there were any residual doubt by this time, DD is not a massive bust.


Toronto's two best players, again, were Derozan and Bargnani. Bargnani mostly took good shots, mostly made good shots, and even put forth more rebounding effort, recording 12 for the game. He did little to stop Brook Lopez or impede the progress of any opposing Nets player, but he played well anyway. Derozan, meanwhile, continued the play he has now produced for several months, creating shots off the dribble, hitting them, running the court, hitting mid-range shots, and being a go-to player for his team in only his sophomore season. Any cynicism I may previously have had about Derozan has proven wildly off-base; the man is a fluid and productive with a good understanding of the game, particularly for one so young. He was the best player over the weekend, no mean feat in a weekend featuring Deron Williams. He seems to have neglected playing the defense he did as a rookie, and might have forgotten that he's supposed to pass sometimes, but these are often the perils of losing teams. If he can break those bad habits and maximize his talents, he really could be the first 20ppg shooting guard who can neither shoot nor dribble.

One thing of note is that the two did not pass to each other. At all. Is that due to nothing more than a coincidence, or some kind of conspiracy? Perhaps both. Neither is a great passer, neither does a great deal to get open off the ball, and Toronto doesn't exactly run the most intricate pass-and-move playbook. But the two had about as much chemistry as a Neil Funk and Stacey King sitcom. It doesn't bode well.

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   With Rudy Gay trade, Kings acquire something they already had

The Toronto Raptors and Bryan Colangelo brought in Rudy Gay in February as a last-ditch effort to save several years of maneuvering that hadn't been going so well. Gay was available for cheap and was supposed to be a significant upgrade over any of the players sent out to acquire him.

In theory, Gay would supersede DeMar DeRozan as the primary wing scorer, providing the isolation scoring from the wing that the team needed. He would be the infusion of pure talent that they lacked. And even though he didn't fit on paper alongside Derozan and Andrea Bargnani, the defense and rebounding of Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and Landry Fields would offset it, as would the shooting of Terrence Ross. The sheer infusion of talent he represented would make it worthwhile.

In reality, it didn't work. Bargnani regressed to the point he became toxic, Lowry struggled, the team failed to find cohesiveness and defense. Meanwhile, DeRozan and Gay did not mesh at all. DeRozan in fact looks noticeably improved thus far this season and has ultimately ended up being the one who surpassed Gay. Arguably always surplus to requirements, Gay subsequently became extremely surplus to requirements, and at an enormous price tag. Even in spite of how recently he had arrived, it was clear that he had to go. But it looked impossible.

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