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DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs Calls Himself Sacrificial Lamb of Toronto Raptor’s Success

Introduction

DeMar DeRozan was selected 9th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2009 NBA draft. He spent the entirety of his NBA career with the only remaining team out of Canada until he was traded to San Antonio prior to the 2018-2019 season.

The all star shooting guard was a part of one of the biggest moves in the NBA last offseason. On July 18th, 2018, the Raptors sent him along with Jakob Pöltl and a protected 2019 first round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

Although the team north of the border was successful throughout the last several years, those seasons were often defined by great records, but early playoff exits. The Raptors knew they needed to make a change as they were only a superstar player away from making a deep run in the post season and contending for an NBA. That much-needed change was the above mentioned trade as Toronto is now competing with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

DeRozan feels as if he is the sacrificial lamb. He did so much for the franchise throughout the first nine years of his NBA career only to be dealt away for the last piece of the puzzle in the all star forward Kawhi Leonard. I know that may hurt his feelings, but he must understand that this is a business move and is nothing personal.

Media Statements

"Honestly, I don't think I even said this -- I probably said it to my own inner circle -- but if it wasn't for all the years and groundwork that I did before then, none of them things would've been possible," DeRozan explains in a video interview to Bleacher Report. "Yes, I fought, I sacrificed, I pushed the limits to where I had to be the sacrificial lamb.

"You just have to sit back and understand, like, you know, you are the reason so many things was even possible."

"To their credit, [the Raptors] probably felt like it was time to see what we could get to make that next jump."

"More hurt," he added of his feelings on the trade, "because, you know, being invested from 19 to -- I was what, 28? Everything you learned was from there. Everything you gained was from there.”

"So for that to be gone like that, when you least expect it, it just throws you off guard. You know, we human at the end of the day, and it definitely hits you."

"I'm rooting for my best friend to do well, to accomplish something that we tried to do all the years, and he has the opportunity to do it. All the guys on that team, they know I'm rooting for them," he concluded.

Season Tm G GS MP FG FG% 3P 3P% 2P 2P% FT FT% TRB AST STL BLK PTS
2009-10 TOR 77 65 1664 255 .498 4 .250 251 .506 148 .763 223 53 43 18 662
2010-11 TOR 82 82 2851 539 .367 5 .096 534 .485 327 .813 315 148 85 31 1410
2011-12 TOR 63 63 2206 381 .422 24 .261 357 .440 268 .810 211 128 48 17 1054
2012-13 TOR 82 82 3013 548 .445 34 .283 514 .463 355 .831 320 204 76 24 1485
2013-14 TOR 79 79 3017 604 .429 64 .305 540 .451 519 .824 343 313 86 28 1791
2014-15 TOR 60 60 2100 409 .413 25 .284 384 .426 361 .832 277 210 73 11 1204
2015-16 TOR 78 78 2804 614 .446 47 .338 567 .458 555 .850 349 315 81 21 1830
2016-17 TOR 74 74 2620 721 .467 33 .266 688 .484 545 .842 386 290 78 13 2020
2017-18 TOR 80 80 2711 645 .446 89 .310 556 .494 461 .825 315 .417 85 22 1840
2018-19 SAS 77 77 2688 631 .481 7 .156 624 .492 366 .830 462 475 86 36 1635
Cereer   752 740 25674 5347 .451 332 .283 5015 .470 3905 .828 3201 1553 741 221 14931
9 seasons TOR 675 663 22986 4716 .448 325 .288 4391 .467 3539 .827 2739 2078 655 185 13296
1 season SAS 77 77 2688 631 .481 7 .156 624 .492 366 .830 462 475 86 36 1635

 

Sources:

“DeRozan: I was 'sacrificial lamb' in Raptors' climb”, espn.com, June 4, 2019.

“DeMar DeRozan”, basketball-reference.com,  June, 4, 2019.


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