Posted by: Jeremy | October 2, 2009

DeRozan ready to take off (I hope)


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With all due respect to Nathan Jawai, it has been some time since I’ve been as excited about a Raptors rookie as I am with DeMar DeRozan. Andrea Bargnani, maybe, but even he took some time to grow on me. Anyway, you’ve likely heard the comparison — DeRozan is the next Vince Carter, so they say. That’s fine by me, as long as he doesn’t play three good years and take the rest of his career off.

DeRozan, who entered the draft after just one year at USC and was born and raised Straight Outta Compton, is already getting consideration for a starting spot from the outset of his first NBA training camp. According to The Star’s Doug Smith, the rookie is coach Jay Triano’s guy, but he’s not “going to give it to him”. Smith suggests starting DeRozan and giving him six or seven minutes at the beginning of each half to gel with the starting unit, then make way for the rest of the crew — Antoine Wright, Marco Belinelli and Jarrett Jack, who I’m assuming will see some time at the two as well as backing up Jose Calderon.

Regardless of his role to start the season, I’m pumped to have a kid like this on the team. Just 20 and dubbed by many as the most athletic player in the draft, I’m surprised he dropped to ninth, considering how many teams draft on potential alone these days. Then again, he’ll have to live up to that “next Carter” title. Here’s hoping he does (and that he doesn’t turn into a baby, get hurt, stop trying, leave Toronto and proceed to destroy every other team he plays for. Have fun Orlando!).

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  1. […] That’s What I’m Saying Guy Regardless of his role to start the season, I’m pumped to have a kid like this on the team. Just 20 and dubbed by many as the most athletic player in the draft, I’m surprised he dropped to ninth, considering how many teams draft on potential alone these days. Then again, he’ll have to live up to that “next Carter” title. Here’s hoping he does (and that he doesn’t turn into a baby, get hurt, stop trying, leave Toronto and proceed to destroy every other team he plays for. Have fun Orlando!). […]

  2. Saw the link to here on RR.

    “Then again, he’ll have to live up to that “next Carter” title. Here’s hoping he does (and that he doesn’t turn into a baby, get hurt, stop trying, leave Toronto and proceed to destroy every other team he plays for. Have fun Orlando!).”

    Lol! Bookmarked.

  3. I’m just as excited about DeRozan as you are, but your criticisms of Vince are ignorant. Dude shamefully took a few months off in Toronto but has absolutely been an elite player before and after that.

  4. You’re right, Vince has been a good player since leaving Toronto, but I still maintain he has been an incredible disappointment considering the way he burst onto the scene. Some of that may have to do with all the “next MJ” hype, but he never lived up to potential. Even his best seasons in New Jersey, I wouldn’t contend he made the team much better. Great players make great teams, and even with him, Kidd and Jefferson they were a fringe playoff team (in the East, nonetheless).

  5. get over it u bunch of babies vince was the best player we ever had and it isnt his fault we had management running this team like it was some sort of circus freak show. no wonder he wanted to leave drafted morons like arujo and put him as a one man show. of course he couldnt of ended his time here oin a better note, but its not his fault we havent had somebody to replace him since he left (not even cb4) so go cry somewhere else maybe in NY cuz at least they have a reason to complain now.

  6. I’ll be the last person to ever defend Rob Babcock’s regime, but Vince’s downfall started long before then. His game started going downhill his fourth season, ’01-02, which was the same year Toronto won 12 of 14 to finish the season without him and make the playoffs.

    In New Jersey, Vince had some nice statistic years but his team only won more than 42 games once in five seasons and never made it past the second round of the playoffs. Star players make their teams better, and Carter hasn’t done that since the first three years of his career.

    A waste of talent, if you ask me…


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