After yesterday's trouncing against the New York Knicks, DeMar DeRozan became the Toronto Raptors' winningest player in franchise history. His 233rd win pushed him past both Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson, two of the team's most beloved past players.
At 26-years-old, DeRozan is still relatively young. In fact, he has only in the past three seasons come into his prime as a legitimate star in the NBA. This year, he is averaging 23.3 points, 4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, far above his career averages of 17.9 points, 2.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Plus, DeRozan has started to figure out how to stroke the ball from deep, which has made him a more dangerous scorer than ever before.
At this point, it's hard to say what DeRozan's ceiling is, but he is showing that he can still learn new tricks. If he keeps improving and his team stays as good as it is now - that is to say the best roster in franchise history, DeRozan could easily distance himself from the likes of Vince Carter, Bosh and Peterson. Well, only if he stays in Toronto at the end of this season.
It is assumed that DeRozan will opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become an unrestricted free agent. On the market, he will try to get as much money as possible, considering that the salary cap is set to inflate. While the Raptors may decide to re-sign DeRozan and keep their star-studded backcourt intact, other teams will surely be gunning for him. Specifically, the Los Angeles Lakers are likely going to take a swing at the Compton native.
Still, that's a problem for a later date. For now, DeRozan is set on trying to earn as many wins as possible with his team this season.
The next franchise record on the radar is minutes played. DeRozan has 16,839 under his belt, short of Bosh's 18,814.