Da Risin’ of DeRozan.



DeMar DeRozan must be on Cloud 9. Come June 25th, he will be an NBA player. And because so many top tier players withdrew their names from the draft, he will be a lottery pick, perhaps even a top 5 selection.

As gifted as they come, DeRozan is a freak athlete who was hyped as one of the best high school seniors in the nation. Maybe he was overhyped, because he came down to the earth at the beginning of his inaugaural season at USC. He did not perform to his expectations, at times struggling to get acquainted with the college game. His numbers backed that up, as they were pedestrian through the first half of the season. But the way he finished the season was an eye opener. An excellent Pac-10 Tournament (he won Tourney MVP avg. 21 ppg) coupled with a very good showing in the NCAA Tournament (18 ppg) has solidified his draft stock as a lottery pick.

Now the question is, how does he fit in the Clippers’ plans? One might think drafting him would be redundant, seeing as how the Clippers already have Al Thornton, a very similar player; both are freak athletes, possess scoring ability, mid-range game, and hard workers. However, the difference lies in their age – at 25, Thornton seems to have peaked. He has the athleticism to be a very good defender, but hasn’t applied it. He’s a very good player who is what he is and you can’t really expect anymore. DeRozan is 19, has limitless potential, has a lot he can learn and improve on. Should the Clippers look to going young and trade away their vets, DeMar would be a very nice piece to the puzzle that LA has been trying to put together for decades. If DeRozan pans out, he can become a scoring machine as well as a fearless defender…basically a more talented Tayshaun Prince. Slide him into the starting SF position and have Thornton come off the bench in an instant offense type of role (a la JR Smith/Jason Terry). Should the Clips end up with the #4-6 pick, this is a possibility. So yes, DeMar DeRozan’s POTENTIAL…is what has NBA scouts foaming at the mouth.


~ by terrydehereftw on May 16, 2009.

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