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Old 11-14-2012, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Raptors DeRozan a lone bright light for the Raptors

Just seven games into the fourth year of his NBA career, DeMar DeRozan has been giving Raptors fans something to talk about while victories have been scarce.

For a fan base that wants so badly to root for something, to believe in someone, and to have hope for excitement, they have cautiously loved DeRozan while treading lightly in their expectations over his improvements, with raised eyebrows after the $40-million, four-year extension the team gave him two weeks ago.

While it's been a roller coaster for fans, it's been a steady, uphill climb for DeRozan himself. There have been fell swoops and extreme lows -- during the depths of last season, playing without Andrea Bargnani in a lockout-shortened season that showed the painful process of a rebuild -- but DeRozan has quietly kept everyone at arm's length and continued to work at refining his skills and honing his game.

At 23 years old, it's starting to pay off. DeRozan has been able to put points on the board for the past few seasons. It's only now that he's showing an understanding for when those points should come from him and when they should be coming from another teammate, on a higher-percentage field goal attempt from elsewhere on the court.

Sometimes we forget that these things take time. It's okay to admit that we're spoiled. Watching high school-to-NBA talents like LeBron James or one-and-done phenoms like Kyrie Irving and NBA-ready 19-year-olds like Anthony Davis, it can be easy to forget that for the average 19-year-old, especially the ones drafted because of their future potential, the jump to the NBA can be overwhelming.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: DeRozan a lone bright light for the Raptors

The only bright light is a stretch. Get rid of Casey and Bargs and BC then maybe a Davis/JV front court would be an amazing bright light
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