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2014 NBA All-Star Game Open Thread: DeRozan Makes His Debut

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Last night the Toronto Raptors were represented in two of the four All-Star events with DeMar DeRozan taking part in the Skills Competition, and of course, Terrence Ross defending his Slam Dunk title.

Tonight though is the marquee event, the NBA's annual All-Star Game, and DeRozan is up once more.

Yes, it's DeMar DeRozan's first All-Star appearance as he reps for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, the first Toronto Raptor making an appearance in the NBA's gala event since Chris Bosh roamed the ACC hallways.

It's unfortunate that another very deserving member of the Raptors, Kyle Lowry, didn't make the cut but this will be an exciting event for Raptors' fans nonetheless as DeRozan, after years of "will he, won't he break through" discussion, finally cracks the All-Star barrier.

It's not the be-all end-all of course, DeRozan and crew post-All-Star event have a lot of work to do to ensure a top three finish in the East, but hey, this ain't too bad.

Congrats to DeRozan and all the other All-Star Game participants (except Joe Johnson) and let's hope for a good show!