5) Recognition from his peers
There is a certain irony in the timing of Toronto’s decision to part company with DeRozan. He is arguably coming off the best all around season of his nine-year career.
Yes, there are other seasons when the Compton, California native has posted better stats in certain categories. But overall, his efficiency and ability to involve other teammates may never have been any better.
This was best highlighted by setting a career-high for assists, with 5.2 per contests. There were nights when Kyle Lowry was either injured or just didn’t have it, but there was his buddy to step in and be the main distributor.
DeRozan still averaged 23 points and four boards per contest, to show he wasn’t sacrificing other aspects of his game too much. What made all of this even more impressive, was that he managed it while averaging his fewest minutes since his rookie campaign.
It’s no coincidence the Raptors set a new franchise record, with 59 regular season wins. And DeRozan received recognition for his performances, by being named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his career.