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DeMar DeRozan Matches Career-High; Starts Making His move for Top Option on the Raptors

2 November 2010 5 Comments

DeMar DeRozan Matches Career-High; Starts Making His move for Top Option on the Raptors

DeMar DeRozan had a career high 24 points for the Toronto Raptors in their loss to the Sacramento Kings and he took he took his first step in the next step of his development.

Shooting an efficient 7 of 12 from the field, DeRozan compiled 24 points on the strength of 14 trips to the line with 10 free throws made from the charity stripe.

The 14 trips to the line are a welcome sign and signal that DeRozan may be ready to take the next step and become a focal point of the Raptors offense.

DeRozan looked like he wanted the ball down the stretch but stopped short of demanding it which is another variable which will lead to him truly starting to take over as the focal point of the offense.

Andrea Bargnani had a good night but has shown that he can not be relied upon to be efficient enough to warrant being a true #1 option and nights like this show that DeRozan has the ability to fill that role, but as mentioned above the mental attitude may still not be there yet, but there is an obvious fire growing in DeRozan’s eyes as he looks to take a bigger ownership role on this team.

Does DeRozan have the goods to be our number one?

Not yet, but it is apparent the skill set is there, he just needs to develop a killer instinct down the stretch and needs to start demanding the ball in crunch time.

DeRozan should know by now that even if Bargnani is the de facto #1 due to a lack of a better option that this Toronto Raptors franchise is his, not Bargnani’s who has a big faction of the fan base calling for his head.

Mental attitude as mentioned above is the main thing holding DeRozan back and we strongly feel that as this season wears on DeMar DeRozan will become more comfortable with his teammates and coach and will start to assert himself more and more on game-days.

The time is now for DeMar DeRozan; and nights like this show that he might be more ready than we thought.

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  • Toronto Raptors Morning Coffee Nov 2 | Raptors Republic | ESPN TrueHoop's Toronto Raptors Blog said:

    [...] Raptors Digest The 14 trips to the line are a welcome sign and signal that DeRozan may be ready to take the next step and become a focal point of the Raptors offense. [...]

  • Toronto Raptors Morning Coffee Nov 2 – Toronto Update said:

    [...] Raptors Digest The 14 trips to the line are a welcome sign and signal that DeRozan may be ready to take the next step and become a focal point of the Raptors offense. [...]

  • Toronto Raptors Morning Coffee Nov 2 | Slam Dunking said:

    [...] Raptors Digest The 14 trips to the line are a welcome sign and signal that DeRozan may be ready to take the next step and become a focal point of the Raptors offense. [...]

  • Tim W. said:

    I was surprised at how much the Raptors offense depended on DeRozan, against the Kings. Bargnani scored the most, but when DeRozan went out, the offense seemed to stumble. He’s really the only Raptor that has shown an ability to manufacture points. I agree he’s not quite ready to lead, yet, but I’ve been extremely pleased with what I’ve seen so far. The next couple of games will be huge for DeRozan because, in the past, he’s tended to struggle a bit after having a good game. He needs to build on his good games.

    Even more encouraging is his growth outside of scoring. He seems like he’s more focused on defense and is more active without the ball on both ends of the court.

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