DeMar DeRozan has finally started to take the word "potential" and is starting to change it to production for the Toronto Raptors. He has been one of few bright spots in an otherwise typical 3-8 start to the Raptors' season after another loss last night in Philadelphia.
The season for DeRozan started out well, signing an extension with the Raptors just prior to tipping off the season with the Indiana Pacers. On that night, DeRozan was not exactly playing at high level, while on the Internet he was taking tons of shots from all sides on how the Raptors were crazy to pay him $38-40 million dollars.
DeRozan, since that time, has been tearing it up for the Raptors. He is becoming their No. 1 scoring option as a result of Andrea Bargnani having his struggles and Kyle Lowry being out with an injury since the Raptors fourth game of the season, before returning last night in limited action.
If you dig beyond the numbers and to the core of who DeMar is as a young man, it is impossible not to root for him. Personally, I share a common bond with him that will never stop me from cheering for his success.
His motivation to make life better for his family—specifically his mother—is the main reason he came to the NBA early out of USC.
Great human being aside, this is—at the end of the day—a business. Last season, even the people that support and root for him would admit that was not his best.
As we sit 11 games into his fourth NBA season, the superstar talents and athletic ability that were raved about when he entered the NBA Draft are starting to come together.