DeMar DeRozan and Stephen Curry have been selected to represent their respective conferences as the NBA’s Players of the Month for January. DeRozan averaged 25.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds, including a franchise record 52 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 1st.
.@NBA announced Thursday that @Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January. DeRozan earns the honour for the third time in nine seasons with Toronto. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/UiU69AoYb8— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) February 1, 2018
After a relatively easy schedule in November and December, many questioned whether the Raptors would be able to sustain their winning ways in January, when 10 of their 15 scheduled games were against playoff teams.
DeRozan ultimately put the team on his back, helping the Raptors to a 10-5 record this month, dispelling the worries many had that the team was succeeding solely because of their soft schedule.
DeRozan previously won the award January of 2016 and April of 2015.