He has a deep bag where he’s able to make different shots that are contested. In two tightly contested games against the Raptors this season, DeRozan has come up big on both occasions. In the first, he shot the ball poorly, but savvily worked his way to the free throw line 10 times (finishing with 26 points) and eventually helped ice Toronto with an impossible clutch-time dagger.
The Toronto Raptors will have to wait until All-Star game reserves are announced to see if they'll be sending anyone to Cleveland for next month's All-Star game. Neither Pascal Siakam nor Fred VanVleet qualified as All-Star game starters, the NBA announced Thursday. The two were beaten out by Kevin Durant, the captain for the Eastern Conference, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Trae Young.
Sitting in the middle of the Eastern Conference Play-In race with two weeks before the NBA trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors may look to bolster their position through the trade market. According to a Q&A piece for the Athletic by writers Eric Koreen and John Hollinger, an aggressive approach could lead the Raptors to a big deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.