DeMar DeRozan Will Disappoint You Raptor Fans

micheal malcolmCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:   NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the ninth overall draft pick by the Toronto Raptors,  DeMar DeRozan during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Let me burst your bubble Toronto: DeMar DeRozan is not the answer, he’ll give you minimal contributions this year, and I am at best skeptical to him reaching his potential, especially in Toronto.

After watching the NBA draft, last week I came away with this conclusion on DeRozan, patience will be key, and that he has tons of potential.  Frankly as a Raptor fan I am running out of the former and sick and tired about hearing the latter.

Unlike fellow B\R member’s Robert Segal’s article would indicate I do not believe that Jay Triano’s comments should be taken seriously, nor do I take it as anymore as the regular ‘selling the fans on their new draft pick.

Please do not take my writing as a DeRozan bash piece; I just believe that there have been several players that have outstanding talents that have never reached their potential for various reasons like injuries, immaturity, and work ethic. Simply put we do not need to put DeRozan on a pedestal simply because he has all of this talent, and needs time to put it together.

Do you remember when players spent four years in College and came out more polished and ‘NBA-Ready’ than they do now? Why should we as fans get excited when we place our hopes on a 19-year old child that likely will take another three to four years to develop and may not resign with their original team?

Sorry I refuse to get excited what makes DeRozan more Vince Carter than Harold Miner? Is it because he has ‘the look’? Or because he was so utterly dominate in College? (He wasn’t) Until the Raptors display an aptitude in cultivating a winning culture that will enlist better players to come to Toronto, or convince current players to stay I do not believe that help is on the horizon. Chances are that by the time ‘the light’ goes on for DeRozan it’ll be back to square one for Raptor fans.

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