The selection comes following a season in which DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring, as the team soared to a franchise-record 59 wins and finished in the top five in the NBA in both offense and defense. DeRozan was widely cited for adjusting his game this past season, improving both his shot selection and playmaking abilities; he averaged a career high in 3-point attempts per game (3.6) and assists per game (5.2). He also scored a franchise-record 52 points in a New Year’s Day victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
It’s DeRozan’s second straight All-NBA appearance; he made the Third Team last season. He joins Vince Carter as the only Raptors to be selected to more than one All-NBA team; Chris Bosh and Kyle Lowry have each been selected once as Raptors.
Joining DeRozan on the Second Team are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks; Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder; Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers; and LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs.
The All-NBA First Team consists of LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, and, in perhaps the biggest surprise of the selections, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers.
The All-NBA Teams were selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. DeRozan received 2 First Team votes, 39 Second, and 38 Third for a total of 165.