Spurs: DeRozan’s dominant run deservedly earns him Player of the Week

San Antonio Spurs wing star DeMar DeRozan earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors on the back of a dominant stretch of games.

They’ve struggled with consistency all year but the San Antonio Spurs have been turned up their game over the past few weeks. LaMarcus Aldridge’s red hot shooting touch from outside has opened up the Spurs offense and no player has taken greater advantage of the increased space than DeMar DeRozan. His play this past week was some of the best in the league and won him Western Conference Player of the Week honors.

DeRozan has been playing some of his best ball this season but his dominance last week was really something else. His absurdly efficient game helped the San Antonio Spurs go three and one against some of the toughest competition in the NBA. Impressive road wins over the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors proved that this group can go toe to toe with some of the best in the league when DeRozan is locked in.

DeRozan is at his best when he’s attacking the rim and Aldridge’s emergence as a three-point weapon has allowed him to do exactly that. He’s making a career-best 72.4 percent of his shots inside of three feet and getting more looks at the rim than he has since his first two years in the league. His refusal to shoot the three will continue to be a knock on his game but it’s significantly less bothersome when he’s dominating in the paint like this.

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DeRozan has acknowledged the impact that LaMarcus’s evolution has had on his game and seems grateful for the big man’s willingness to change at such a late stage in his career. Wider lanes mean more chances for DeRozan to do what he does best.
He’s also used increased space to build up some speed and deliver thunderous dunks. He isn’t quite the high flyer he was in his early years but this week DeRozan showed he can still drop the hammer when he wants to.
With a tough stretch of opponents coming up this week DeRozan won’t be short of opportunities to win back to back Player of the Week awards. The Spurs have been red hot against the Eastern Conference as of late, which bodes well for their upcoming matchups with the Miami Heat.
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The competition is stiff but if DeMar keeps going at this level he’s going to play his way into his fifth All-Star game in no time.

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