|2006 NBA Draft
|Drafted 24th overall by Memphis.
|6th July, 2006
|Signed four year, $5,297,916 rookie scale contract with Memphis. Included team options for 2008/09 and 2009/10.
|25th October, 2007
|Memphis exercised 2008/09 team option.
|31st October, 2008
|Memphis exercised 2009/10 team option.
|19th February, 2009
|As a part of a three team deal, traded by Memphis to Houston in exchange for Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks, a 2009 first round pick (#27, DeMarre Carroll) and cash from Orlando.
|13th July, 2010
|Signed a partially guaranteed four year, $23.46 million offer sheet with Cleveland.
|14th July, 2010
|Matched by Houston.
|11th July, 2012
|Traded by Houston to Toronto in exchange for Gary Forbes and a 2013 first round pick (#12, Steven Adams).
|10th July, 2014
|Re-signed by Toronto to a four year, $48 million contract. Included player option for 2017/18.
|12th May, 2017
|Declined 2017/18 player option.
|7th July, 2017
|Re-signed by Toronto to a three year, $93 million contract.
|2004 - 2006
|June 2006 - February 2009
|Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
|February 2009 - July 2012
|Houston Rockets (NBA)
|July 2012 - present
|Toronto Raptors (NBA)
June 29, 2017
PG, 6’0, 205lbs, 31 years old, 11 years of experience
The fact that Joseph did such a solid job filling in when Lowry was out may make Lowry seem less important or good than he is. That would be a shame. Having pretty much completely changed his game from the reckless-abandon underskilled athletic specimen of his youth, Lowry has become one of the league’s best shooters, hitting 41.2% on nearly eight attempts per game, leading the team with his pull-ups and drives. The cost of re-signing him will be very large, and he won’t be this good when he is 35 at the end of the (presumed) four year deal. Injuries, too, are a legitimate concern; there seems to always be something. The declining defence is also not to be ignored. But he near-enough will be this good again at 32 and a half, and that’s worth paying for.
Player Plan: Listed here on this somewhat arbitrary but hopefully thought-provoking list as a building block despite being a free agent on the other side of 30 on account of the fact that, if he goes, the narrowly-open window closes for good.
March 22, 2017
When do you stop putting your best player in the positions on the court that suit them best?
If DeMar Derozan is not the Toronto Raptors's best player - if such a classification matters - he is the second best behind only Kyle Lowry. And for as long as Lowry has been out (he has missed the last 14 games with a wrist injury), Derozan has been the clear-cut best player.
Even if not their best all-around player, Derozan is certainly the Raptors's leading scorer. His 27.0 points per game total ranks not only first on the team (Lowry is second at 22.8), but also fifth in the entire league, behind only Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas and Anthony Davis.
However, DeRozan scores his points in a very unique way that makes fitting his individual talents into an optimal offensive system quite the challenge.
For all of those points scored, DeRozan takes up a lot of the ball to do it. All scorers take up a lot of the ball to do so, of course - DeRozan's usage rate is fifth highest in the league, but then so is his scoring average, and one behoves the other. But DeRozan's share of the ball comes in a more complex manner than those of his peers.
For comparison's sake, look at those peers in leading scorer list, and their playing styles. Thomas, Harden and Westbrook are the primary ball handlers on their team, doing more of the ball handling and half court creating than the rest of their teams do combined. Davis, meanwhile, is the ultimate finisher. A creator too, of course, but be it at the basket, from mid-range, in the pick-and-roll or occasionally from further out, he finds spots, is always a threat to shoot, and can make anything.
DeRozan, however, has to pair with Lowry. This is far from a reluctant or troubled pairing - it is a beautiful one that has propelled the Raptors to a level never before seen in their franchise's history. Better than any Vince Carter season, and certainly better than anything before or after his era. It has however a nuanced one that is hard to replicate with any backup.
For the most part, the duo works. Lowry collapses the defense and does all of the outside shooting that DeRozan does not, while DeRozan emulates Kobe Bryant better than anyone and exposes the defensive weaknesses in between. The duo score about 50 points on any given night, and even when it is known what is coming - Lowry attacking half a seam off the dribble, or just raising up even when contested; DeRozan spinning and jerking from the mid-range and post areas - the shots go in anyway. The duo are seriously good.
But it is Lowry doing the Hardenian bits. It is he handling the ball more and taking the first wave of pressure. When Lowry is out, as he has been, a far greater defensive pressure thus falls upon DeRozan. He responded well initially, scoring 33.8 points per game in the first five games of Lowry's absence. But then against the Milwaukee Bucks, DeRozan shot only 5-13 with one foul shot on his way to 11 points. This is directly to the Bucks' credit. [...]
December 11, 2013
The Toronto Raptors and Bryan Colangelo brought in Rudy Gay in February as a last-ditch effort to save several years of maneuvering that hadn't been going so well. Gay was available for cheap and was supposed to be a significant upgrade over any of the players sent out to acquire him.
In theory, Gay would supersede DeMar DeRozan as the primary wing scorer, providing the isolation scoring from the wing that the team needed. He would be the infusion of pure talent that they lacked. And even though he didn't fit on paper alongside Derozan and Andrea Bargnani, the defense and rebounding of Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and Landry Fields would offset it, as would the shooting of Terrence Ross. The sheer infusion of talent he represented would make it worthwhile.
In reality, it didn't work. Bargnani regressed to the point he became toxic, Lowry struggled, the team failed to find cohesiveness and defense. Meanwhile, DeRozan and Gay did not mesh at all. DeRozan in fact looks noticeably improved thus far this season and has ultimately ended up being the one who surpassed Gay. Arguably always surplus to requirements, Gay subsequently became extremely surplus to requirements, and at an enormous price tag. Even in spite of how recently he had arrived, it was clear that he had to go. But it looked impossible.