Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard DeMar DeRozan (9) controls the ball against Dominican Republic forward James Maye (18) during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA Player Profile: DeMar DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan has come off an all-star performing year for the Toronto Raptors. Since they traded away Rudy Gay to Sacramento, the Raptors relied on DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, a gamble which paid off in Toronto making a first round playoff spot and finishing third in the Eastern Conference.

DeMar averaged 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists during the season which was a big improvement from his previous years performance. Contending for a spot as the most improved player was a race DeMar was in but wasn’t enough to beat Goran Dragic. DeMar was selected to the national mens team for USA Basketball this season for the first time in his career and is progressing well, making the final cut.

DeMar has played 2 games coming off the bench as a role player during the team tour this past month, averaging 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game with an average of 18.5 minutes a game. He has the 8th most playing time out of the team and will likely have a little less than those minutes when they go to Spain. His role with the team is a role player coming off of the bench with an offensive presence as his defense needs to be worked on.  He’s playing sloppy defense, and only averaging 0 blocks and 0.5 steals a game isn’t exactly what Mike Krzyzewski want’s out of the players he’s giving bulk minutes to.

A lot of years are still yet to come for DeRozan in the NBA and with Team USA if he can excel well for the time to come. At the age of 25 he’s still yet to play in his prime years. Achievements have been something DeRozan wants to get more of and so far he’s got a nice amount of achievements to showcase.

Here is a list of what he’s achieved so far.

  • NBA All-Star (2014)
  • Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player (2009)
  • Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2009)
  • McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest Winner (2008)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2008)
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