Let’s get this out of the way first: What DeMar DeRozan has been doing for the Raptors over the first three games of the 2016-17 NBA season is awesome. This is an undeniable fact. You can slice up all kinds of efficiency and usage stats to figure out the long term usefulness of DeRozan’s game. You could do that. Or you can just marvel at the fact he’s averaging 35 points per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and hitting some tough-ass shots in the process. Folks, that’s good.
And, as others have mentioned, the Raptors have needed each and every one of DeRozan’s 105 points over those first three games. Toronto’s offense has looked, in a word: hard. Part of this is because the team is employing two rookies — Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl — who have limited offensive games at the moment. Part of it is the very nature of DeRozan’s — and by extension, Kyle Lowry’s — game. And the other part is a distressing lack of 3-point shooting production (both attempts and makes). Amazingly, DeRozan’s 105 points have come entirely without a 3. He’s attempted four so far and missed all of them.
So, with the Raptors at 2-1, and a long season ahead of us, it’s time to play a game.
When will DeMar DeRozan hit his first 3-pointer of the season? Here’s how it works.
The Raptors have 15 more games to play this month. You can see the schedule here. All you have to do is take a look at the list of games for the month of November and decide, lo and behold: When will DeRozan hit his first 3-pointer of the season? It really is just that simple — for you, not for DeRozan, apparently.
Post your answer in the comments and whoever wins will get, uh, something. I haven’t worked that part out yet.
And before you ask: if you happen to think DeRozan won’t hit a 3-pointer this month — which, on its face, would be an absurd development — say so in the comments and we’ll roll this contest over to December.