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NBA Draft Prospect: SF DeMar DeRozan, USC

Posted on: May 29, 2009 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2009 3:54 pm

Demar DeRozan: 6-7, 220, SG/SF, Fr. (University of Southern California)

Draft Rank: #20

SF Rank: #5


Has a great body for a 2 guard. Has the quickness and strength to finish around the rim and take the contact from big guys. Plays very well without the basketball in his hand and moves well without the ball. Really runs well off of picks to create space for his jump shot. Likes to step back and shoot a fade jump shot that is virtually unstoppable when it's going in. Understands how to be successful inside the three-point line with his mid-range game. Has soft hands, which allow him to go left and right. Is aggressive on the boards and helps defensively on the glass as well. Has good explosiveness and leaping ability. Has a variety of moves and ways that he can attack the rim. Is great at slashing into the paint. Has very quick feet. Very good in transition. Knows how to use his steps wisely and to shift his feet when he is attacking on the break. Has a good understanding for spacing on the floor. Has the size and quickness to be a good defender. Should be able to play the 2 or the 3.


Doesn't have great playmaking skills. Doesn't excel when he has to put the ball on the floor and create for himself or his teammates. Needs to become a better passer when he is getting double-teamed. Needs to cut down on his turnovers and get more assists. Not a good three-point shooter. Not a good free-throw shooter. Must improve his overall perimeter skills so teams won't sag off of him. Needs to improve his ball handling skills. Didn't consistently produce when his team was counting on him to do so. 

DeRozan improved as the year went on this year as he adjusted to the college game. I give him credit for adjusting and becoming a much more dominant player as the year went on. DeRozan is a tremendous athlete, but he will have to rely heavily on a strong work ethic and mental toughness at the next level. There were times this year DeRozan really disappeared and there were games in which he really didn't stand out. The lack of focus and consistency in college is a concern. When he gets to the next level it will be the first time in his career that he won't be "the man" on his team. He will need to help his team anyway it needs and adjust his game according to that team's needs. Mentally, I worry he won't be able to make that adjustment.

Comparison: Dahntay Jones, 6-6, 210, SG/SF

Would be a good fit for: Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Bobcats or Indiana Pacers


Originally I had DeRozan listed as a shooting guard, but after watching more film on him I believe that he will end up being a small forward. He will be a little undersized at that position, but it fits his skill set more than what teams rely on from a shooting guard. At the end of the day, a lot of teams have interchangeable shooting guards and small forwards, so that may not really matter anyway.

DeRozan does have a lot of upside, but he has serious flaws in his game that he will need to sure up before he gets to the NBA. He does possess the size and athleticism to be an effective player and even a star player, but I think he is far away from being a starter at the next level.

The best place for DeRozan to end up would be with a rebuilding team that will give him an opportunity to grow, but also to contribute and play right away. I worry about him getting stuck behind other players on the bench and becoming erratic when he enters the game.  I believe he will definitely go in the lottery due to team needs and his star potential, but those teams really need to realize that he still has serious work to do. 


Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 10:54 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF DeMar DeRozan, USC

So since he's 6-7 and very athletic, that makes him Vince Carter without the shooting, passing, or general basketball skills that Vince has?  In that case, because I'm 6-2, still wear short shorts and not that athletic that makes me John Stockton without the shooting, passing or defensive skills?

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2009 4:13 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF DeMar DeRozan, USC

I think my fellow poster had the right idea in saying this guy is better than Dahntay Jones.  As soon as he hits the NBA, he is easily one of the 10 most athletic players in the League.  As for comparisons, he's more Vince Carter than anybody else, but lacks Vince's skills.  Can't shoot, can't handle, can't pass, etc. but the tools are there.  I think he starts at SF, but if he can develop over time could be a solid 2. 

You were right about his overall play this year, though: he was totally underwhelming until the last 1/4 of the regular season, where he really turned it on and showed what kind of a prospect he really is.  Is not a leader at all, and will never be The Man for a team, which is sad, because he has all of the tools to be a major force.  As for prospective teams, Toronto is a good fit, but Charlotte and Indiana aren't.  Charlotte won't work because Larry Brown is the coach and demands a high Basketball IQ from his players, which DeRozan doesn't have at this point. Look for Gerald Henderson (Duke) to go to Charlotte instead of Jones.  They're similar players, but Henderson can at least play D right away for you even if he has no other real skill to speak of.  He is the next Dahntay Jones but with more length.  As for Indiana, Brandon Rush and Mike Dunleavy would make it hard for DeRozan to ever play, and he doesn't have the skill set to play 2 if Jarrett Jack walks this summer.  Minnesota is the best fit for this guy, 'cause he could come in and start at 3, there are low expectations, and he could just rely on being the 3rd or 4th option who gets a lot of garbage points and highlight plays off alley-oops and putbacks.  That, plus he's already better than Corey Brewer , the incumbent at the position who is coming off injury and wasn't so hot to begin with.

Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:49 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: SF DeMar Derozan, USC

If he develops a consistent jumper, he'll be a top NBA player some day. He is a top 5 athlete in the NBA from day 1. He is so much better than Dahntay Jones! A better comparison is Gerald Wallace. I was skeptical at first but he showed what he could do in the PAC 10 Tournament. He is a project at this point but its worth working on. Don't expect stardom anytime soon.

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