It's been a real emotional seesaw of a year for the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan. If you haven't read it already, Sean Woodley does a hell of a job summarizing the ups and downs of DeRozan's year and career. (Go ahead and read it.) But the stats only tell some of the story.
The talk around DeRozan has always been based along that seesaw. First he's up, then his down, or vice versa. When the Raptors looked invincible in the first few months of last season, DeRozan was average (or below average, to be honest). Then he got hurt and the Raptors fell apart. When he came back, DeRozan had considerable rust to work off; he didn't look like himself. By the end of the season, he'd won a Player of the Month award, but the Raptors were still in disarray. Then they got swept out of the playoffs.
Next season will be the third of a four year extension that began for DeRozan in the 2013-14 season. He's an All-Star calibre player, playing at a below market rate. The final year of his contract is a player option, and with salaries set to balloon under the new CBA in 2016-17, it feels fair to assume that DeRozan will opt out in search of a bigger pay day (in Toronto or elsewhere).
The question then is what Toronto does with DeRozan now. You can go back and forth on this as many times as you like. He's got some elite talents (getting to the rim, drawing fouls) and some obvious gaps in his game (three-point shooting, passing - though this too has improved). He's a valuable player, but how valuable?
As with Jonas Valanciunas last week, it's time for you to decide: what should the Raptors do with DeMar DeRozan? Answer in the poll!