What happens to DeRozan?
Last year was a very good season last year a lot of people saidthat this year was the year that was confirmed as a star, much improved 3-point shot, but is having a very uneven season, I think it due to fatigue from playing to many games in such a short period of time
The fact that Derozan has increased his 3 point attempts per game and shooting 55% from 3-PT Line shows he has improved his jumpshot and range quite a bit. Right now, Bargani has really stepped up and becoming a #1 option for the raptors, there for Derozan's scoring isn't making a huge leap. But from watching him, he looks like a better overall player compared to last year, his scoring doesn't indicate so, but he's defending better, improved 3 point range and so on.
That's just an excuse bargs has played more minutes and produced as ohcanada told me losers make excuses and dd is now getting the bargs treatment
If you watch the raptor games it is very frustrating, he does not get the touches on offense he deserves for his talent. The problem is the raptors are running pick and roll calderon and amir or give the ball to andrea about 75% of the time down the floor. Often demar is overlooked and winds up getting the bulk of his shots at the end of the clock with a hand in his face (long jump shots). He barely has any fast break opportunity and because of these facts I feel he is forcing his game, putting his head down and being called for offensive fouls. The guy is most definately a star in the making but the raptors have not truly given him the reigns like many thought they would. Not sure its quite about fatigue in this case as an example in the game against Indy he showed when given the touches early in the clock (scored 16 in 4th alone) he can be the major talent. I still believe in the kid and believe that no bayless is hurting him. Calderon likes to slow down the pace of the game where bayless will force the tempo, and I think that is where Derozan excels (in the open court). The season is young, Derozan will have his time
Dd Main problem is he has no handles to drive and can't create for himself I do watch raps games btw and dd gets a lot if looks he just can't create and settles for bad shots which I will give him credit makes sometimes
It is the system that coach Casey has now, last year, Derozan was getting a lot of his points on the fast break but Casey has the team playing more half court offense and running a lot of plays through Bargnani and pick and roll with Amur Johnson.
Casey is using Derozan as a spot up shooter that is why this season he is very up and down because his jumpshot is not as consistent. He also doesnt have the handles I thought he would have in his third year in the league, so he cant create in the halfcourt. quite sad..
Every knows DeMar DeRozan, since his college days, gets off to slow starts. He'll be fine.
I agree with Scottoant. He hasn't really developed any handles into his game. He doesnt really have a go to move off the dribble, he mainly just uses his quick first step and foot speed to get by people. Im a huge derozan fan and he's already starting to settle for too many jumpers in my opinion.
Other than that I think hes improved in other aspects such as his rebounding, defense, shooting is way better and has even showed some ability to post up. But in order for him to become the focus of the offense and for him to see more touches he has to tighten his handle and learn some solid dribble moves that he can break people down with.
He has a very high ceiling if he can add handles with consistent 3pt shooting.
hes definetly not fatigued, no professional athlete should be fatigued from games.....i can play 30-40 minutes of ball everynight with ease so they should be able to aswell.....i agree with the person above its just dwane casey right now is just running defense drills, they are trying to get the defense 100%, and so they run alot of pick and roll offense....right now we will see alot of inconsistency from demar because hes trying to hard to shoot the ball rather then drive, he seems too also be thinking too much once hes in the air......id also like to see some more catch, pump fake then drive all in one motion.....he seems to be catching and shooting or catching and being hesitant then driving......at the end of the day this year is going to be focused on defense, hoping that next year we bring in another good pick and go from there
Derozan lacks quickness, handles and savvy. He is extremely fundimental and actually lacks creativity, craftiness, and on the fly type moves. Therefore he is easy to scout (yet still hard to stop). He is predictable and has a handful of go to moves. Fastbreak he has a variation of the eurostep, rarely passes after he has held the ball for 5 seconds in half court offence, and takes very bad shots (which he could start making and could become good shots), that are variations of pump fakes, pivots, and fades out of the mid range 15-20 feet from the basket. Toronto needs to run some screens for him towards the basket and have him cut in more. He is learning the teams offence and will be fine, Jay Triano was Derozans only NBA coach so adapting to Caseys style has obviously been tough for him. Good thing is he is playing better defence this year as expected, starting to make an effort on the glass (at times), and has a very quick learning curve.