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DeMar DeRozan | Guard/Forward | #10

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 219
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (9) / TOR
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DeMar DeRozan said that he hit 450 out of 700 (64 percent) 3-point attempts during a late-night workout.
It's a bit of a non-story, but we can't be picky in late July. Hitting a triple in an empty gym obviously doesn't compare to shooting in a real game, but it's at least encouraging that he's focused on his perimeter shot -- that's the missing piece to the puzzle of his fantasy game with career averages of 0.4 treys on a 28.1 percent clip. We've also heard coach Dwane Casey say he wants DeRozan to handle the ball a bit more as a PG next season, so it sounds like the 27-year-old wing is poised for another strong campaign. Jul 25 - 9:06 AM

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Coach Dwane Casey said he may have DeMar DeRozan "handle the ball a bit more as a point guard" next season.

Casey has talked about DeRozan adding more treys, so this isn't the first new responsibility for him. "We don’t want to give our whole ‘what we’re going to try to do next year’ away, but again it comes down to passing the basketball and better spacing more so, than we know, one-on-one play," Casey said. The Raptors are a little thinner on the perimeter with Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll gone, so there will be some new wrinkles in their offense. This likely won't affect DeRozan too much on the stat sheet and he should hang around four assists per game for the fifth straight season.
Jul 20 - 11:22 PM

DeMar DeRozan said he believes the Raptors need to add more shooters this offseason in order to improve.

Toronto ranked 21st in total 3-point makes during the regular season 2016-17 season. "You look at Kyle Korver and the display he put on. You stretch the floor, space the floor when you have more shooters," said DeRozan. "The more you have, your team becomes deadlier." One possible solution would be DeRozan expanding his range out to the 3-points stripe. He made a total of just 33 treys this season. In comparison, Sixers center Joel Embiid made 36 triples in just 31 games this season.
May 9 - 10:45 AM

Dwane Casey will encourage DeMar DeRozan to add the 3-point shot to his arsenal this offseason.

"It's no secret that the next evolution of [DeRozan's] game is [three-point shooting]," said Casey. DeRozan scored a career-high 27.3 points per game this past season, but he also shot just 26.6 percent from beyond the arc while contributing a measly 0.4 triples per contest. He's a career 28.1 percent shooter from 3-point range, but if he could make that a relevant aspect of his game, then he could definitely creep his way into the top-30 equation.
May 8 - 3:18 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting in Toronto's Game 4 loss to Cleveland, adding four boards, eight assists and four turnovers through 46 minutes of floor time.

He did a great job of facilitating the Raptors' offense, but ultimately, Toronto just didn't have enough to get a single win against the defending champs. DeRozan hit career highs in scoring (27.3) and rebounding (5.2) during his age-27 season to go with 3.9 dimes, 1.1 steals and 2.4 turnovers a night, which was good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. He should be able to flirt with similar numbers next season, so he’ll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day.
May 7 - 6:16 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored a playoff career-high 37 points during a 115-94 loss to the Cavs in Game 3 on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists, three steals and no turnovers in 40 minutes.

After scoring a playoff career-low five points in Game 2, DeRozan was on the other end of the spectrum as a scorer, but didn't get much help on the perimeter -- the Raptors went 0-of-12 from three to start this game. The Raptors were hanging tough in the second half with the score 71-70, but they were thumped with a 28-10 run in the third and fourth quarters. With Kyle Lowry out during the regular season, DeRozan had a whopping 37.0 usage rate compared to a 31.6 with Lowry, so expect DeRozan to get more shots again in Game 4 on Sunday. Lowry will likely be a game-time decision, but he'll probably be limited regardless.
May 5 - 9:53 PM

DeMar DeRozan had an atrocious game on Wednesday, shooting 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.

DeRozan didn't score until midway through the second quarter and he missed his first nine shots. Free throws are a huge part of his offense and he attempted 8.7 freebies per game during the regular season, but finished just 1-of-3 at the line tonight with Cleveland's defense focused on him. He'll need to be far better for Toronto to have a chance to climb out of an 0-2 hole in the series.
May 3 - 10:07 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points in a series-clinching 92-89 win over the Bucks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

After the Raptors looked to have it locked up with a 25-point lead, they actually blew it and were trailing due to a 20-3 Bucks run. The Raptors put together a 9-0 run after that and were able to ice this game in the final minute. DeRozan went 8-of-9 from the line while the Bucks went just 18-of-28 from the line as a team. Moving on, DeRozan did only score 23.0 points per game against the Cavs in the postseason last year, but he increased that to 29.7 during his three games against them this season. Considering the massive problems on defense for the Cavs, DeRozan could be feasting.
Apr 27 - 10:54 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points during an 87-76 Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

It was vintage DeRozan with nine makes at the line while going to work in isolation, being assisted just twice to get to his 33 points today. DeRozan didn't have as much defensive responsibility and perhaps the extra space on offense with the small-ball lineup helped him. Maybe, just maybe DeRozan and the Raptors can stay hot in Game 5 on Monday.
Apr 22 - 8:22 PM

DeMar DeRozan missed all eight attempts from the field and made all eight from the line for eight points in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

Yeah, not great. The Raptors managed just 30 points as a team in the first half thanks to having their nine turnovers top their seven field goals. The extra length on the Bucks has been a problem for DeRozan, so he may have to not count on his difficult shot selection. It'll be back to the drawing board for Game 4 on Saturday.
Apr 20 - 10:52 PM

DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-18 shots for 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's crucial 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their series at 1-1.

DeRozan's numbers were a little better in Game 1, but he hit just 7-of-21 shots in that one, so he was clearly more effective tonight. The Raptors' great backcourt has been a little stifled by the Bucks' defensive-minded backcourt and Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee should be another great battle.
Apr 18 - 10:02 PM

DeMar DeRozan made 7-of-21 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line for 27 points during a 97-83 loss to the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds and one assist in 39 minutes.

The second half was a disaster all around for the Raptors. They scored just 32 points in the second half, including DeRozan's 1-of-8 from the field. Coach Dwane Casey obviously wasn't happy with the performance. "Our second half was just abysmal," Casey said after the game. "We didn't play with any pace, any rhythm." The Raptors are somehow now 0-9 in Game 1 of a first-round series.
Apr 15 - 9:34 PM

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas will start against Bucks for Game 1 on Saturday.

DeRozan didn't exactly play well in the postseason last year, so he'll look to hit the ground running. Additionally, Valanciunas has not been very good lately, but he should be able to feast against Thon Maker down low. Expect to see plenty of P.J. Tucker off the bench.
Apr 15 - 5:08 PM

DeMar DeRozan (illness) and Serge Ibaka (rest) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

DeRozan has not been expected to play all day due to flu-like symptoms. With him out, there should be big minutes going to Norman Powell and P.J. Tucker while maybe even some of the younger guys like Delon Wright. Bruno Caboclo was also recalled, so that's cool.
Apr 12 - 6:41 PM

DeMar DeRozan (illness) did not go through shootaround and he's questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

DeRozan wasn't feeling great during Tuesday's practice, so there's certainly a chance he sits out Toronto's final game of the regular season. If that's the scenario that plays out, Norman Powell would likely slot back into the starting five, and Kyle Lowry would be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Stay tuned.
Apr 12 - 11:34 AM