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Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

Posted on: June 22, 2009 4:57 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2009 4:57 pm

I've got a column today offering some projections on the NBA Draft, and among the things I address is not how the players will be picked, but how their careers will go. In other words, I provided the names (in order) of the college guys I believe will be viewed as the best NBA players from this draft five years from now.

My list ...

1. Blake Griffin

2. DeMar DeRozan

3. Stephen Curry

4. Hasheem Thabeet

5. James Harden

The lone surprise there is probably DeRozan, who people keep describing as wildly inconsistent even though that's not exactly an accurate portrayal of his freshman season. Sure, he started slow, then picked it up in December and early January before dipping for a short stretch. (OK, maybe he was a little inconsistent.) But to focus on that is to miss the fact that down the stretch DeRozan was awesome, proof being how he reached double-figures in each of his final nine games.

DeRozan averaged 17.6 points in those contests.

He got 17 and 11 against Cal in the Pac-10 tournament.

He got 21 and 13 against UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament.

He got 25 (on 10-of-16 shooting) against Arizona State in the Pac-10 tournament.

He averaged 18 points and seven rebounds in Southern California's NCAA tournament games.

So folks can focus on DeRozan's inconsistency if they like. But what I see when I look at DeRozan is an extremely athletic wing with tons of upside who was consistently awesome down the stretch -- awesome enough, in fact, to lead USC to an NCAA tournament appearance that seemed unlikely in February.

That's why I like him.

In five years, some franchises at the top of the lottery are going to regret passing on him.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2009 1:53 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

I agree DeMar DeRozan should be solid. As a Knicks fan I think he would be a good pick at #8.
Assuming Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio, Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, and Tyreke Evans are all off the board, which is probable.
I think Stepen Curry and Jonny Flynn will also be off the board at # 8. Leaving the Knicks to choose between.

Jordan Hill
DeMar DeRozan
Jrue Holliday
Gerald Henderson, who I would not be happy about, but have been hearing rumors in the NY papers
Brandon Jennings, very exciting player, but weighs in around 170 pounds, which is tiny

Go Knicks

I was really hoping they would get the #5 pick as well

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2009 5:13 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

I'm thinking that of your five, thabeet might be the riskiest. his defense will keep him in the nba for a long time much like theo ratliff...
Something tells me the GM of the Grizzlies, Thunder, Kings, Wizards or Timberwolves would not be thrilled to hear his #1 draft pick being compared to Theo Ratliff.  lol

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2009 2:51 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

He's a poor man's Rudy Gay...just an athletic guy.  If you want real analysis, check out Hollinger's take on DeRozan and how over-rated he is.  I think Parrish is way off on this one, and DeMar will be nothing more than DeRole player coming off the bench.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2009 1:27 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

Everyone and their grandmothers right now has DeRozen slotted to be picked 9th overall by my Raptors.  I agree that he has tons of upside, but because of this draft being slightly thin than others this year, you have to take chances on guys like this.  If Colangelo ends up taking DeRozan, I think he could be a great fit in Toronto:
PG: CalderonSG: DerozanSF: MarionPF: BoshC: Bargnani
Could be a real interesting lineup that could give some team fits if Triano deploys a true fast-paced attack in training camp this season.
Can't wait for Thursday's draft to arrive! Cool

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2009 4:17 am

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

great blog by the way, i share similar sentiments , if ever DeRozan ,is now not even projected to be at the top 5 picks right now, but i would say he will be one of those players that people thought would be a bust.He will be a good player in a few years to come , especially if he goes to a team with a direction and a good coach who can motivate him.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2009 2:34 am

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

DeRozan is a freakish athlete and because he isn't a point guard he won't have to deal with much decision-making in the pros. Keep in mind that he was playing with experienced players at USC like point guard daniel hackett and solid post taj gibson and it was hard for him to consistently get touches and come in and command the ball. He will be a solid scorer once he develops a consistent jumper. i think he could be like richard jefferson, not quite as good as vince carter like i have heard by several as a comparison. He won't be able to carry a team but will be a solid addition and a borderline all-star down the road. it will take him a few years but the guy is too good of an athlete not to make an impact in the NBA.

James Harden is too smart of a player to not be a solid pro. he doesn't blow anybody away with his athleticism but he is crafty and knows how to play the game. he's an underrated passer and knows how to get to the charity stripe. he wore down as the season went on but he was playing with little to no talent. once he is paired with other good players he will let the game come to him and not force the issue like he had to do at times with the sun devils because they had no other facilitators. jeff pendergraph is a hustler but the only reason he will be a late first round-early second rounder is due to how many dunks and layups harden spoon fed him off of pick and rolls and baseline drives.

I'm thinking that of your five, thabeet might be the riskiest. his defense will keep him in the nba for a long time much like theo ratliff but his touch on offense has a long long way to go. he has a ton of potential but there is a lot of work needed for him to be effective on the low post and a miracle needed for him to ever develop even a ten-foot jumpshot.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 6:10 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

And because he played at USC, the pressure of getting paid to play well will not intimidate him.Classic....and very funny Sidd!

Gary -- Yes, this must be a very boring time of year for you.  I guess you could have written this same article about any of the top 10.  If you already have and you were going to post another one tomorrow, I apologize for the pre-emptive mocking.

The thing is, there just isn't really anything exciting about this draft except for the possiblity that the Memphis ownership will find yet another way to show how little they care about the quality of their product.  I am expecting something creative, like trading the 2nd pick for three expiring contracts and two second round draft picks to free up cap space.  Then they can tout how much they got in return.  "Hey, look we got these five pretty copper colored coins for that smaller ugly grey one.  We are shrewd and smart.  You armchair general manager wannabes make us sick.  We fart in your general direction."

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 5:16 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

And because he played at USC, the pressure of getting paid to play well will not intimidate him.  There will be no learning curve because he's already gone through it. 

Heck, that might be why he was inconsistent last year.

Seriously, he was inconsistent, but DeMar DeRozan has all the talent in the world.  He may be in your Top 5 Gary, but I would imagine he'll still be on the board when the Timberwolves (6th team selecting) turn comes up.

For whatever reason, I'm not as impressed as you are (and virtually everyone else is) on James Harden.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 5:04 pm

Why I like DeMar DeRozan more than most

Gary have you mentioned to Verno that Thabeet is in your top 5 best available for Thrusday?  Or do you keep that one to yourself for fear of being roasted?  What about Tyreke?  I would take him before Curry.  He's bigger and can get to the basket.  Curry has a better shot but Evens can improve that with time. 

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