The definition of Tragedy...
Hey everyone, I know I've been gone for a minute, and I apologize, but I had to go and do some soul searching and whatnot. I missed talking to everyone here. But let's get to it. I am a Hawk's fan, and have been for about 4 years (Josh Smith got me hooked, I had to get on that wagon before there was no room). Now 4 years isn't that long ago, so I never got the chance to hear about this guy Dermarr Johnson (I'm 19, got into the NBA around 14 years old). I read this story about him, and man, we need more guys like him in the NBA. Life hasn't treated such a great person fairly, and he still doesn't complain. Countless other players complain they don't make enough money, and this guy is happier than them. I mean, this guy has SO much love for basketball, he did layups while he had a halo for his broken neck. I'd like to see Sprewell do that.
My question to you guys is what do you think about him? I also wanna hear some memories watching him grow up and play, because I don't have any unfortunately. He sounds like he woulda been a killer on the hardwood.
my memories of demarr were him being a very versatile college player who left after one year. He was compared to Lamar Odom and his draft stock was all over the board even right before the draft with some having him high as 3rd and others having him as low as 18th. He was very similar to Earl Clark on the court. While he showed flashes and a solid outside shot, it was clear early on that he was probably never gonna be a star. He bounced around the league. I never knew much about him as a person. It's unfortunate about some of the things he went through. Every person should be able to stay positive in hard times and be thankful for everything they have and it appears DeMarr does just that. While his story is defenitely full of what we call "tragic" in modern terms, the classical defenition of "tragic" is about one's own character flaws that brings themself down. It sounds more like he was just in a lot of very unfortunate situations. I'm sure he will continue to battle on the basketball court and in life.
dermar and clark are around the same height but other then that the similarities end. derrmar had the ability to play the 2, and the 3 and some spot one. ive watched him since we first played against him during his freshman year and been keeping a close eye on him from playing against him in summer leagues and on my aau team. the thing wit him is after his soph year he stopped really working as hard and rested on his god given ability. even doing that he still made it to the nba but he could have been so much better. last i talked to him was in vegas this past summer while we were checking out our old aau team and my nephew play. he looks to be in good shape and is in good spirits.
I think there are quite a few similariteis between clark and demarr. They both need to be completley squared up to shoot consistently. Neither guy is particularly effective finishing off the dribble with runners or floaters are fading away on shots. DeMarr was never able to play point at the nba level, he was an average ball handler for the wing position. Both are jack of all trades but master of none. Both are tall but don't take over around the rim and prefer to play on the perimiter. You honestly think their height is the only thing they share in common?
dermarr could shot off the dribble and has more then average ball handling ability. although he wasnt able to show it because of injury and confidence. and dermarrs range was deeper then clarks. clark was better down low. just wish dermarr wouldn't have gotten hurt or his confidence wouldn't have gone down so he could show all of this. because during the summer when playing against other nba players he shows all of this. but in the end it doesn't matter if he doesnt do it while in the nba. but ask other nba players who practiced and played with him and they will tell you he can do alot more then he showed
and clark is a bad shooter..forgot to add that
DeMarr was defenitely a way better shooter and I also heard that he had plenty of abilities that he never showed off in the nba. But lots of guys turn into a great ball handlers when the bright lights and the pressure of the nba is not on them. I will say that Clark is more inside player and DeMarr was more perimiter, but there are a lot of comparisons there.
i cant see any. dermar used to shoot off the dribble( used to keep up with his games because of aau connection) atlanta played him at the 2 and the three. clark only plays four with phx and every sooften a lil three. he cant shoot unless hes close to the basket and has no three point range. i really cant see anything that they do that are similar.
I don't remember DeMarr ever showing off his off the dribble pull up game. He was knock down if he were set, but make him put it on the floor and he was not a good shooter. Also, both guys are not very assertive. They have the size to work more around the basket then they do. They also both seem to have the mentality of a guy who is comfortable just letting the game come to them and being unslefish. Both in college and in the pro's I never saw DeMarr get a mean streak where he looked to takeover and it appears Clark is the same type. Also, Clark plays mostly 4 with Phoenix because they are small. This is the same team that emphasis shooting and running over size and toughness so they always go small. I have heard plenty others make that comparison between the two so obviously I'm not the only one who sees it.
i respect youre opinion but ive watched planety of dj's game and saw him pull up dribble alot of times. that was actually one of his go too moves and has been since his soph year. a hard dribble right then a "d.c" cross over then pull up. im sitting here asking some of my friends who have played with/and against him and no one sees him being similar to clark. dermar never did have that mean streak though. to be honest he was kinda soft. clark plays the fur though because his handles and shot is suspect on the nba level. dermar has never ever been a work around the basket guy though. even when he was 5inches or more taller then other people in hs. he was always playing the 1,2,3. dermar was alot more fluid and a natural for a guard/sf spot where clark has to work at it to be that. i do expect clark to have a better career then dermarr had though
Quincey I agree with everything you said...
That year they had Pete Mikeal, K-Mart, Satterfield, Logan, DeMarr, Tate, and that white guy Brandon?... They really had squad... But DeMarr played ALOT of PG when he first came into the league and then strictly SG... The only thing similar to Clark is the height... NBADraft.net compared him to Penny I believe (that should let you know how long I've been following this site, lol)... He was just soft as hell... I really didn't like his motor, but he was a silky player...
I don't remember DeMarr playing any pg in the nba. He was a versatile 6-9 wing player and after a few dissapointing years in the league where he never really developed his all around skills, he basically just turned into a spot up shooter.
he did turn into more of a spot up shooter but before the injury he played a lil pg(very very very little) but mostly sg. clark will never play sg. he might get to the sf but not sg
Yeah, Clark is more interior oriented like I said. But coming out of college, both guys were tall versatile guys who could do a little bit of everything and Johnson was officially listed as a sf on this site. He was smoother and more finnese then Clark, but when his all aournd skills didn't really develop, he just sort stuck to the outside. It's still early for Clark and to see how he develops in the league becasue right now his all around skills don't seem nba ready so he tends to stay around the hoop and play more as a big man. But coming out of Louisville, he was being talked about as a sf who could handle the ball and eventually develop those perimiter skills. Whether or not that happens is yet to be seen.
Quincey is right. Johnson had so much potential it's ridiculous. He was the best player in the nation as a Junior and was looking into going to the league, but Stern squashed that. It seemed to me that he just started coasting and didn't work as hard as he could've. He was a long 6'9", could shoot, handle, get to the rim and bang on guys. Even without the accident it didn't look like he was ever gonna be as good as he could've.