4) A record-breaking night
DeRozan may no longer be a member of the Toronto Raptors, but he’s left his fingerprints all over the team’s record books. That’s what happens when you play the most games (and minutes) in franchise history.
One such record came just this past season, on New Year’s Day. In a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the 2009 ninth overall draft pick finished the night with 52 points.
In the process, DeRozan became just the third Raptor in franchise history to score 50+ points in a game. More importantly, he overtook top spot from Vince Carter and Terrence Ross, who both previously scored 51 points.
The Raptors needed every one of the shooting guard’s 52 points, as the game against the Bucks went into overtime. When it was all said and done though, the team prevailed 131-127.
The game was also noteworthy for another couple of reasons. The Raptors equaled their team record for consecutive home wins (12) and DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to score 50+ points on New Year’s Day.