DeMar DeRozan: Raptors Rookie Breaks Out

November 13th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
On a Wednesday night, Toronto Raptors fans got a glimpse of the potential of their team’s newest rookie.  Playing against the NBA’s current third best rebounding team, the Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan hauled in an impressive nine boards in just 19 minutes.

When the Raptors drafted the one year college player from USC, they were drafting potential.  The 6′6.5″ 220 lb freshman was just turning 20 years old and didn’t have the head turning college statistics one might have expected from a NBA lottery pick.

In his one season at USC, DeMar averaged 13.9 points, shot 52.3 percent, and collected 5.7 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks.  Decent production but perhaps what impressed some of the scouts was the 19.8 point per game average in USC’s five post-season games.

But comments about DeRozan have largely revolved around how long and athletic he is.

If one looks up DeRozan’s NBA pre-draft camp measurements, they place him squarely in the middle between the average shooting guard and average small forward coming into the league.

For an NBA wing player, DeRozan’s height and weight are typical.  His ...

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