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DeRozan is part of Toronto's future
Current Minutes Per Game
DeMar DeRozan: 36.9
Alan Anderson: 23.8
Terrence Ross: 16.9
DeRozan is the unquestioned leader at shooting guard. His numbers have slightly improved in his fourth year, but they didn't really need to get much better. The problem is that his current minutes are way too high for a guy that has a solidified role.
Especially when he's got so much talent behind him.
It's time to give Ross a legitimate shot. His minutes have been incredibly inconsistent. There are stretches of time where he goes multiple games without playing more than 12-15 minutes, then all of a sudden he'll end up with over 25 in the next couple games. That kind of management isn't going to work.
He'll need to consistently play around 25 minutes in the remaining contests so that he has more of a chance to develop and grow as an NBA pro.
Anderson is the older player that gets the job done. Averaging 11.1 points in 23.8 minutes is no joke and very impressive. The key to his numbers are that he's been doing that all season. That's important because Toronto shouldn't need to see much else out of him. It's not like he randomly started putting up points.
Flip-flopping his minutes with Ross' would make sense in this scenario. Anderson just doesn't need that opportunity to finally see the court like Ross does. He's been fairly steady all year and the Raptors know what they'll get out of him.