Toronto Raptors

DeMar DeRozan: The Next Vince Carter?

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2010

I don't like comparing players to other players because they will never be exactly the same, but if the shoe fits, wear it.

DeMar DeRozan is working very hard this offseason to become the franchise player of the Raptors. This may not happen the next season, but it could very well happen in the near future.

DeMar is looking like the next Vince Carter.

He came into the league with freakish athleticism but not much range. Just like Carter. Carter shot approximately 29 percent from the three-point line in his rookie year while DeRozan shot 25 percent. Carter's scoring was much higher in his rookie year than DeRozan, but he had many more shot attempts as well.

This offseason, DeRozan claims he's been working on his three-point shot and has proven it by shooting 40 percent from behind the arc in the summer league. Believe it or not, Carter shot nearly 40 percent from the three point line in his second year as well.

DeRozan is only going to get better, and he could end up being the Raptors' new franchise player. He certainly has the potential.

When he was asked about his comparisons with Carter in his rookie year, he said "I appreciate the comparisons, but I think I'll do better."

Let's sure hope so.

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