DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross Both Belong in Toronto Raptors' Future

Patrick Yaghoobians@PyaghoobiansAnalyst IISeptember 17, 2012

Jan 29, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) looks on during the second half at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 103-87. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Ever since the drafting of Terrence Ross, some questions have been asked as to whether or not DeMar DeRozan should be part of the Toronto Raptors' future.

Ross and DeRozan play the same position, but both players have the size to play the 3. DeRozan is the stronger one with more NBA experience, so he could be the small forward on the Raptors, but whether or not he would play the position is to be seen.

As of right now, DeRozan is the starting shooting guard and Landry Fields will probably start at small forward. There might be some room for Ross to jump into the starting lineup, and if he plays to his expectations, he could find himself as a starter before the end of the season.

When you compare DeRozan coming out of college and Ross coming out of college, Ross has the definite advantage. Ross is the better shooter—even now—and that skill is something that easily translates to the NBA. 

On the defensive end, Ross also wins because he is known for his defense and how good of a help defender he is. He makes smart plays to prevent the opposing player from scoring on him.

Ross also has a knack for rebounding that DeRozan doesn't seem to have. Both players have great athleticism, and when you can jump that high, it should be easy to grab more than a few boards in a game.

If Ross can translate his collegiate game to the NBA and work on his weaknesses as well as DeRozan has, he will ultimately be the better player.

DeRozan is still a very good player who has been getting better year after year, and although his numbers are inflated by playing on the Raptors, this season is his chance to show that those numbers weren't luck.

If DeMar is willing to switch his position and play the 3, it will work wonders for Toronto. A backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross with a frontcourt of DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas might cause some trouble in the NBA.

Both players seem to complement each other, and with a coach like Dwane Casey, the future looks bright. That same future includes DeRozan.