2) Deepest run in the playoffs
One of the biggest knocks against DeRozan, is that he doesn’t always step up on the big stage. This argument was further reinforced by his inconsistent play during this past season’s playoff run.
As such, we want to take you back to a time when DeRozan did show what he was capable of, when the lights were at their brightest. More specifically, the Raptors’ postseason run in 2016.
Admittedly, the four-time All-Star didn’t look particularly impressive during the first round series against the Pacers. However, when it came time to play in Game 7, he stepped up with 30 points, along with five boards and three steals.
The second round series against the Miami Heat was another battle, which went all the way to seven games. Once again though DeRozan came through when needed, and was particularly money in Game 5 with 34 points, including hitting all 11 of his free-throw attempts.
This resulted in the Raptors’ first ever trip to the Eastern Conference finals, against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. And even though the end result was almost inevitable, DeRozan played well in averaging 23 points per contest, including scoring 30+ in both of the Raptors’ wins.