When Sports Illustrated put out their player rankings this month, DeMar DeRozan landed at number 46. For a player who has continued to improve himself despite facing criticism about the aesthetic of his offensive game and his shot selection, and someone who was rewarded with a near-max contract this summer, some people would take the 46th spot as a slap in the face.
As it turns out, DeRozan is one of those people, posting these two tweets last night:
FOH. 46— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 16, 2016
So it turns out DeRozan won’t be lacking for motivation this season. Media day is in about a week, I’m sure we’ll get more comments on this then.