A look at new San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan’s stats from his first nine years in the NBA.
The San Antonio Spurs pulled off their long-awaited Kawhi Leonard trade, sending him and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. It ended the months-long saga with Leonard and moved the Silver and Black in a different direction, but with expectations still in the playoff range.
DeRozan will be the player from this deal to lead San Antonio to the playoffs, or at least team with LaMarcus Aldridge to improve on a 47-win season and make it 22 consecutive seasons in the postseason for this storied franchise.
DeRozan is not new to NBA success, however, as he found nine productive years in Toronto, some of which saw him climb near the top of his position, shooting guard. He put on very good regular-season performances, including the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
2016-17, so far, has acted as the career year for DeRozan; it’s his career-high in points (27.3) and rebounds (5.2). The 46.7 percent shooting tied for his best mark since the 2010-11 season.
In each of the past five seasons, DeRozan has crossed the 20-point threshold. It started with a rise in his age-24 season, which also happened to be his first All-Star appearance; he accumulated three more along the way, including the 2018 game in Los Angeles, CA.
For the full statistic picture, let’s look at what DeRozan did across the board in his nine seasons in Toronto:
Along the way, the criticism has come from DeRozan’s playoff performances. He, Kyle Lowry and others failed to make a deep run in the postseason, so it overshadowed what the No. 9 overall pick from the 2009 NBA Draft did north of the border. San Antonio represents a new opportunity, though, so let’s see how he performs under coach Gregg Popovich and a fresh system.