Man, I just don't know anymore. Demar Derozan has been one of the most puzzling players for me this season, if not the most puzzling player on the Raptors roster. Every time I feel like Derozan has something good going for him, he injures himself or just loses it. Consistency is a word Derozan needs to get familiar with if he wants a spot on this roster.
I'll admit, I'm a HUGE Derozan fan. What's not to like? A 6'6'' guard, great athleticism, and a good frame and body build gives Demar all the right ingredients to be an all-star guard. Yes I said it, an ALL-STAR guard. However, he severely lacks the fundamentals of the game. His shot is shaky, free throw percentage is decent, turnovers are becoming a problem, three point game is still in development, inside moves are decent, and his defense is sub-par. If anything, I would label Demar as a decent player. In other words, Demar is decent at everything, but not really great in one particular area.
Demar needs to master a skill. Jump shot, driving in, post up, whatever he wants. He needs something to be good at. Every time I see him, I always think that he has the potential to be something great. However, I feel like he tries to do too many things at once. For example, I personally think it's a little too early to work on the three point game if he is having trouble with hitting open jumpers. If he took the time to hone each skill separately, rather than master them all at the same time, I believe he can be something great.
New coach, new system, new teammates, trade talk, and other reasons are partly to blame for Demar's troubles. I can imagine myself at his age, and it can be stressful to deal with all of this at once. Especially since the media hyped him up to be a game-changing player. As a Demar Derozan believer, I think he needs this off season to clear his head and work on a SPECIFIC part of his game. DD has all the right ingredients to be great, he just needs to execute.