The San Antonio Spurs had a rough month of November, but it could have been even worse without the contributions of DeMar DeRozan.
DeMar DeRozan won our Player of the Month Award in October as he got out to a hot start with his new team.
DeRozan became a legitimate MVP candidate in October by scoring 27.9 points per game with 7.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds while remaining extremely efficient with a true shooting percentage of 58.7%.
Those numbers dipped a bit in November, and the Spurs’ performance as a team dipped as well.
The four-time All-Star scored 22.1 points per game with 5.4 assists and 5.9 rebounds in November, while his true shooting percentage fell to 53.3% after hitting just three of his 22 three-point attempts.
DeRozan’s November statistics are more in line with his numbers over the past couple seasons, but I could see him returning to the form he showed in October if he gets some more help.
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San Antonio is still extremely banged up, but the return of Lonnie Walker could provide some more spacing for DeRozan on offense while potentially adding another dynamic scorer to the lineup.
Unfortunately, there weren’t many other Spurs worthy of this award as they finished November with a 5-10 record.
Aldridge had his moments in November, but an extremely cold shooting spell took him out of the running as he finished the month with an ugly 47.7% true shooting percentage.
Patty Mills has been the hottest Spur over the past couple of weeks, but he’s playing significantly less minutes than DeRozan and hasn’t put up nearly the same level of production this season.
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There’s no question that DeRozan is the best player and clear leader of this team, but it’d be nice to see his teammates give him some more help as we progress through the season. In the meantime, DeMar will continue to provide very solid production as he builds a case to be a dark horse MVP candidate.