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DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors’ 9th pick in the 2009 draft, but he didn’t even make Adam’s top 200 last year, and rightly so – he shot an abysmal 0.096 from beyond the arc in ’10-’11. A mascot with a fuzzy oversize head could throw beach balls underhanded and display higher accuracy than that. DeRozan is also a shallow option for rebounds (career 3.4), assists (career 1.5) and steals (career 0.8). Why even bother discussing him? Like an average looking woman in over the calf boots, DeRozan is going to appear sexy to people in drafts because of one feature. His pair of boots is his scoring.

DeRozan was in the top 40 last season in points per game and top 30 in total overall points. There is certainly value to someone that can actually get the ball in the hoop. The problem is, if you flip open the dictionary (by which I mean opening up your favorite dictionary app on your smart phone) and look up the definition of “one trick pony,” you may very well find a picture of DeRozan’s face next to “a person or thing considered as being limited to only one single talent, capability, quality, etc.” It makes sense.

DeRozan will be drafted higher than he should be. Don’t let him be on your team. Projections: .433/.810/0.4 3pt/16.9 pts/3.4 rbd/1.8 ast/0.9 stl/0.2 blk/1.9 tov

12 Responses

  1. Shawn says:
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    I can’t wait to come back here mid-season and just laugh at you.
    all of your articles here since adam left have a lot of bullshit in them…mostly wrong.
    maybe its time to find someone else.

    • Matthew says:
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      @Shawn,

      Where did Adam go?

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @Matthew, Adam is inside our hearts.

  2. Shawn says:
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    write something interesting for once d00d, like what round you I target Anthony Davis? in a straight up draft and in a keeper, should he be one of my first picks via keeper league off the board? 4th pick?
    seriously, if you can answer that half decent ill stop cutting you up.

  3. Fenris-77 says:
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    OMG, it’s a blog hijacking. Everyone assume the position and don’t make any sudden moves. He’s got a sack full of douchebag comments and he’s not afraid to use them.

    As for the question about Davis, you’d need to be a little more specific about league settings and size and number of type of keepers for the question to be all useful. As-is the question is more in line with the quality of the rest of your replies here.

    Moving on, DeRozan will indeed be over-drafted this year. Not just because of his scoring, but also because the Raps have more internet fans than every small market team put together. Not helping are articles from NBA.com ranking him as the 10th best scoring guard in the league. Yeesh.

    He does offer solid FT% on top of his scoring, which isn’t a bad thing to have if you can get him late enough, but the stat line is pretty empty past that. If he could get his FG% back up closer to .470 he’d have some value as a percentage stabilizer for roto, but that wouldn’t really boost his draft stock much IMO. There’s also the vanishing chance that he could manage a three and a steal, which gives him a tiny bit of upside. ESPN has him ranked at 100, as do some preliminary Yahoo rankings that I’ve seen, but I think I’m going to wait at least a couple of rounds past that.

  4. Shawn says:
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    DeRozan will be 10th best THIS year.
    Bargs is soft and will go down again, him trying to up his rebounds just doesn’t work, only leads to off time.

    Lowry and DeRoz are good friends, I know Lowry personally and he will find him!
    none the less, ill be here when he breaks out, again not only this article but many are full of shit, AGAIN, Adam was dead on the money and funny doing it, with you guys its the other way around( will he be back? seriously?

    and its a head to head league, 9 cat , 12 team keeper. 3 keeper.
    im thinking of taking him maybe wit my second pick, if he’s still ava but I think someone else might be targeting him.
    HOW good will he be? top 40? top 30? anything on davis? hmm

  5. Fenris-77 says:
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    Just for the record I don’t write for the blog, so calling ChrisV and I “you guys” is a little suspect.

    DeRozan is going to have a tough time breaking out if all he does is produce more in the three cats he’s any good so far (FT%, Pts, and maybe FG%). He needs another category or two to break out for fantasy and there’s nothing in his advanced stats that really makes that seem likely. Threes is the only thing that seems even remotely likely, and we all now how well his focus on the long ball went last year. Maybe this year I suppose, but I’m not holding my breath (and yes, the Raps are my team, so it would be nice to see a breakout).

    As for Davis, I don’t think you should hope more than 70-100 rank production this year. This year isn’t why you’re drafting him that high in a keeper though. He might not return value with that first pick of yours this year, but he will for years to come, so I’d probably just draft him high and go home happy. The 4th pick in your league is the 40th over-all guy, which isn’t ridiculous for Davis. Obviously it depends on who else is available at the pick, but mostly I’d take him high.

  6. Shawn says:
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    thank you. good read.
    I wasn’t talking about you. sorry
    chris and some other d00d, sometimes I don’t look at the name before I post, I just assume its the same d00d who wrote most of the others

  7. Moe says:
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    Hey there

    who would you rather have
    Roy Hibbs or Amar’e?
    who’s going to have the better season???
    thx a lot./

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Moe, I have concerns about Stoudemire’s back. However, in a redraft league, I would still give the edge to Stoudemire. He’s a better source for points FG%, and threes, which bumps him up over Dr. Hibbert’s slight advantage in blocks and rebounds. Of course, if Stoudemire’s back isn’t fixed he could have another piss poor season, but if he performs well in the preseason all concerns should be put to rest (for the time being).

  8. Moe says:
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    damn, I ended up trading him lol for hibbert before I got your reply…
    hopefully Hibbs is the real deal and doesn’t take a break now that he got his pay day. thx though

  9. Fenris-77 says:
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    Since he just made a trade I’d imagine this is a keeper league of some sort, at which point I;d rather have Hibbert. I don’t think Stoudemire has many (if any) good years left in him. IN a redraft league I’d take Stoudemire a little before Hibbert, but not by much, not when Stoudemire seems to be falling into the 5th round of a lot of mocks so far.

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