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Fanatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: DeMar Derozan

6′ 7″, 220 lbs

13,9 ppg, 5.7 rpg,  1.5 apg, 0.9 spg,

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In the right system, with the right training,  DeMar may wind up being another spectacular player if based upon his physical gifts and potential alone.  DeMar is athletic but he does not shoot threes often or well.  However, he has a very nice shooting stroke which leads one to believe that he will get better with lots of practice. In that regard, his potential reminds me of Wilson Chandler’s potential and Chandler’s growth once he started getting playing time.  Wilson Chandler can now hit that tre with some regularity.  DeMar is also favorably compared to Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant.

According to one of DeMar’s interviews at the Combines the D’Antoni offensive style caught his eye.  I am surprised it didn’t catch both his eyes given his penchant for running the floor for spectacular dunks.  He also talks about how he loves to play defense since playing for USC.   Since D’Antoni is attracted to players with defensive mindsets to replace a defensive emphasis in his system, DeMar would eventually be a good fit for a Mike team once he learns to hit the tre and to move (pass) the ball quickly.

DeRozan topped out at 6’5″ without shoes at the Combines. Wearing stilletos, he added another 1 1/2 inches of height.

Derozan is also attractive because he can create and make his own shot from several spots under the arc. (Note: remind yourself that a player cannot “make” anyone else’s shots but his own.  LOL)   He has a turn around jumper, a step back jumper and a spin move, among other separation creating maneuvers. He can hit the mid-range jumpers including the short corner shot and execute the catch and shoot.

I like this kid’s upside a lot, but I do not think he is what the Knicks need at this time if they are trying to put a winning team on the floor in 2010. If they are looking at 2012 and developing this young man’s talents, particularly from the arc and charity stripe, I would take a gamble. If the Knicks are looking to get a guard from the free agency supermarket, I would take a chance on this baller.  If I were the GM for OakCity or Washington, I think I take this kid this year.

Final analysis is that I pick this kid over Brandon Jennings for potential and below Stephon Curry for right now.



Adam Ganeles 5/11/09

Strengths: Jaw dropping athletic specimen. At a chiseled 6’6 220 with large wingspan. Possesses the prototypical frame for an NBA wing …Incredible leaper and explosive finisher. Vertical is reportedly 40 inches plus … His head is even with the rim on many of his dunks … Has all but mastered the art of the mid-range game … Shoots the ball exceptionally well from inside 20 feet. At his best with one dribble and then elevating, preferably to his left … Moves well without the ball, always looking for creases in the defense … Uses screens well and comes off ready to fire … Puts his unique package of leaping ability and strength to good use on the glass … Excellent offensive rebounder (2.4 per game) … Finishes strong around the basket, but shows finesse and variety with floaters and spin moves … Right hand dominant when attacking the hoop. Defenders know this, but he still gets to the rack, a testament to his first step and strength … Puts in a strong effort on the defensive end … Above average lateral quickness, but often too high in his defensive stance. Reads habit passes well off the ball … Showed signs of being a pressure performer, taking his game to another level in the Pac 10 tournament, completely outclassing his competition with a myriad of out of this world athletic displays …

Weaknesses: Still very much a work in progress, filled with untapped potential … Despite all of his physical attributes, is often satisfied to ‘go with the flow’. Does not look to dominate … His on court presence leaves much to be desired at this stage of his development .. He plays hard, but rarely full throttle … Passion to be a superstar has always been questioned .. Needs to enhance range on his jumper … Shot only 17% from three in his one season at USC, attempting only 1 per game … He steps into his mid-range jumper well, but tends to fade away on three point attempts … Despite a picturesque stroke, shot only 65% from the FT line … His ball handling needs a lot of work … Rarely, if ever, takes more than one dribble to his left without pulling up or spinning back right … Very predictable. Lacks creativity in the face up game which he will need to succeed at the next level … Despite his size and strength, he did not utilize the post up game at all in college. Not much of a passer or facilitator (1.5 assists per game) … Has a quick first step, but not dynamic … His ceiling is unlimited, but needs to add many significant dimensions to his game. A year older than his freshman counterparts, turning 20 in August.


Situational Statistics: This Year’s Small Forward Crop
April 24, 2009

• Whichever team drafts Demar DeRozan will be picking him in the hopes that he’ll growing into their system, and not because he’s already a great fit.

Unlike every other player in our analysis, DeRozan doesn’t make a living in any one situation, though he is one of the most efficient players on our list. In our last piece we discussed the new %Score stat which indicates how frequently a player scored a point based on their logged possessions. DeRozan ranks first amongst the nineteen players on our list at 54.4%. However, he ranks only 16th in overall PPP. This disparity stems from the fact that he shoots nearly three less three-pointers per game than the average player on our list (4.3 vs. 1.3) and ranks last in terms of three-point percentage at just 16.7%. He doesn’t get to the free throw line at a great rate to compensate and only converts on a mediocre 65% of his attempts once there. He makes up for that by shooting 49% from the field on his isolation opportunities (4th), knocking down his catch and shoot jumpers at a 43% clip (6th), and hitting 41% of his pull ups as well (4th). Clearly DeRozan has a solid knack for operating in the mid-range area, which should serve him well in the more spacing-friendly NBA. He’s also a good offensive rebounder—a testament to his excellent physical tools.

Outside of those areas, DeRozan proves a very average player across the board. His defensive rebounding totals sit just below the mean as does his assists numbers, PPP working off of cuts (1.22) and as a finisher around the rim in general (1.14). He sits a bit further below the average in a number of other situations including spot up (1.02 vs. 0.93) and transition opportunities (1.19 vs 1.03). Considering that he didn’t do almost any posting up (0.3 Pos/G) or shooting coming off of screens (0.7 Pos/G), the weight teams put on how significantly they believe he can improve his range and ability to improve his efficiency in a defined system will likely determine where he lands on draft day. A freak athlete, DeRozan has some natural offensive talent, but he’s essentially a blank canvas in terms of what kind of player he can be in the long run. Whoever picks him will obviously need to be patient, although he may more upside that arguably any wing player in this draft.


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June 6, 2009 Posted by | NBA Draft, NBA Lottery, New York Knicks | , , , | Leave a comment