3) A season of firsts
There was a lot of turmoil during DeRozan’s first four seasons in the NBA, as the Raptors only won 36 percent of their games and had zero playoff appearances. This all changed during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Raptors won a then franchise-record 48 regular season games and clinched their second ever Division title. And it should come as no surprise that it coincided with a breakout year by DeRozan.
The 2009 Pac-10 Tournament MVP averaged over 20 points per game for the first time in his career, with 22.7 per contest. He also averaged 4.3 boards, four assists and 1.1 steals, to display his overall development.
The league took notice, as DeRozan made his first ever NBA All-Star Game appearance, as a reserve. And his fine season continued into his inaugural playoff run, against the Nets.
DeRozan became the first Raptor since Carter, to score 30 points in back-to-back playoff games. And even though Toronto ultimately lost the first round series in seven games, he averaged 23.9 points per contest, which stands as his best playoff run to date.