In expected news, DeMar DeRozan, the 26 year old now in his seventh year with the Toronto Raptors, has been officially named to the NBA All-Star team for the 2015-16 season. DeRozan joins Kyle Lowry, voted in as a starter by the fans (thanks #NBAVote!), as a two-time entrant to the team.
For the East, DeRozan joins a bench of Chris Bosh, Jimmy Butler, Paul Millsap, John Wall, Andre Drummond and Isaiah Thomas. LeBron, Wade, Carmelo, Paul George and Lowry fill out the starting lineup. The full rosters can be viewed here.
"I think it's great for the organization," said coach Dwane Casey before tonight's game against the Knicks. "From where we came from, where these two young men have come from, Kyle [Lowry] from Houston and DeMar [DeRozan] growing here in the program. And it just says a lot about how hard they've worked and developed themselves into who they are, and what they've become in the whole Eastern Conference."
Casey added: "He [DeRozan] is what you want an NBA player to be about. Him and his family are just beautiful people."
All-Star Weekend is in Toronto this year and will run over the Family Day long weekend from February 12th to 14th. Let's get excited.