There’s a rumour floating around that former Raptor, DeMar DeRozan, is in Toronto... tonight! Several news outlets, including this one, have been reporting this breaking development.
Seriously, though, with all the hoopla surrounding DeMar’s return to Toronto, you almost forget there’s an actual basketball game to be played. But this week’s episode is not about the game. It’s about the man, his legacy, and his place in Raptors lore.
Welcome to That’s A Rap Episode 5 on Raptors HQ — a special DeMar-centric edition.
On This Week’s Episode:
DeMar’s impact on the city stretches beyond what he did on the court. He changed the perception of playing in Toronto and Canada. There’s a long list of stars who treated Toronto as a turnstile to greater success — Damon Stoudamire, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, and Chris Bosh to name a few. DeRozan was loyal from day one, signed multi-year contracts as quickly as possible and continuously improving his game
Is DeMar the greatest Raptor of all-time though? Is it VC? Comment below with your pick.
What about your favourite DeRozan moment as a Raptor? It’s a tribute to DeMar that each of us described a different highlight. Make sure to comment with your top moment.
Off the court, DeRozan created a brotherhood with Kyle Lowry that was palpable. They made it interesting to watch their post-game shenanigans. Watching them share a court as opponents for the first time is another layer to the most anticipated game of the season.
It’s interesting to think about how the team would’ve fared this season if this trade never happened. Would Siakam still come off the bench, therefore, propping up that unit? Would an extra year of continuity and familiarity lead the Raptors to higher heights? Does any of that matter come playoff time?
DeMar’s numbers with the Spurs are much different than his time in Toronto. Gregg Popovich is putting him positions to thrive in areas he hadn’t before, namely rebounding and assists, where he’s averaging career-highs. His overall numbers are not that far off from his All-Star seasons in Toronto. Unfortunately, moving to the West, means a much harder road at getting an All-Star guard selection.
We all agree he’d eventually get his jersey retired. But do you think that, further down the road, he would ever re-sign with the Raptors and finish his career in Toronto?
4:04 - DeMar’s Impact on the city and franchise
9:10 - VC or Double D
12:05 - Top DeMar moments as a Raptor
18:25 - Brotherhood
20:02 - What if we stayed pat?
25:40 - DeMar as a Spur
27:00 - Did Toronto benefit from DeMar or Vice Versa?
28:30 - Circumstance
31:03 - Did DeMar deserve an All-Star spot?
33:18 - Retire his number? Retire as a Raptor?