The Raptors brought in new head coach Dwayne Casey in order to improve the teams defense, and he has improved it greatly. The team seems to look more concentrated and less confused on the defensive end of the court.
The Raptors are currently sitting 13th in the league in terms of points allowed, allowing only 94.4 points per game this season, which is an improvement over the 105 points allowed last season. With some work on the offensive end, the Raptors can be a threat on a nightly basis.
The passing for the Raptors was also a thing of beauty this week. Despite some turnovers that could have been prevented, the team was really working together to make a play. They currently lead the league in assists per game as a team with 24 per game.
DeRozan was a horrible mid/long range shooter last season, and his three point percentage and hot zone numbers showed it. This season, DeRozan is more comfortable with shooting the ball rather than just driving in, and it is showing.
His three point percentage is approximately 63 percent, and he has made the same amount of threes this season as he did last, but with 44 less attempts. This is great for DeRozan and he could be scoring 20 plus point per game this season soon.