DeRozan never asked to be moved from Toronto and was disappointed when the news came down. Still, he handled his three years in San Antonio with the ultimate professionalism you would expect from someone with such high character.
In many ways, DeRozan was the perfect fit for the Spurs off the court. He was an upstanding member of the community and reached a national audience with his awareness for prioritizing mental health. While his pairing with another mid-range specialist in LaMarcus Aldridge never quite took off on the court, it's hard to put any of the blame on his shoulders given how well he played in his three years in San Antonio.
Spanning 206 games in the Alamo City, here are a few ways DeRozan has cemented his legacy in the Spurs' record books.
1. Assists Per Game (6.2) - 4th All Time
Besides having more talent around him, there's another big reason DeMar is thriving in Chicago this season. As the man himself has said, playing under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio helped him become a more complete player and unlock another dimension of his game. Before his time with the Spurs, DeRozan never would've seen himself playing point guard.
"Now you've got to understand everybody on the team," DeRozan said after being assigned the role. "Their capabilities, their strengths, their weaknesses and how I can help them. How I could bring the best out of these players. It started with Pop bringing the best out of me that I didn't think I had."
As a result, he had the three best assisting seasons of his career in San Antonio at 6.2, 5.6, and 6.9 per game. That all averages out to 6.2, which is only behind Rod Strickland (8.2), Johnny Moore (7.4), and Avery Johnson (6.9).