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San Antonio Spurs Midseason Awards: Best Passer

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 23: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Spurs 122-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 23: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Spurs 122-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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DeMar DeRozan has had an up-and-down season, but he’s been a consistent playmaker during his first year with the San Antonio Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs’ franchise took an abrupt turn when they acquired DeMar DeRozan in the blockbuster Kawhi Leonard trade this offseason.

Gregg Popovich knew he would have to change up the offense a bit this season to fit DeRozan’s strengths after building an offense entirely around LaMarcus Aldridge last year.

DeRozan came out of the gates as a dark horse MVP candidate in the fall as he dished out 7.3 assists per game in October while also scoring nearly 28 points per night.

The former Raptor’s numbers have come down to Earth a bit after that hot start, but he still leads the Spurs in assists per game by a comfortable margin with 6.1 this season.

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Unfortunately, DeRozan has turned the ball over at a higher rate over the past couple of months, but he still has a relatively low turnover rate (11.4%) for someone with his high usage numbers (28.6).

Popovich has undoubtedly had some conversations with his star guard about cutting down the turnover numbers as DeRozan is averaging career-highs in turnovers per game and turnover rate.

However, he is still making incredible passes to set up other Spurs even though their offense lacks the spacing that some of the other stars around the league get to enjoy.

DeMar DeRozan has certainly taken a step forward as a playmaker this year, but he still has some room to grow in that area of his game which should scare San Antonio’s competitors.

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Check out who took home our other Midseason Awards:

Most Valuable Player

Most Improved Player

Best Shooter

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