DeMar DeRozan’s Hot Start | Hoops Talk Nation

In the history of the Toronto Raptors franchise, no other player can boast to have the kind of start to kick off a season like DeMar DeRozan has had for the 2016-2017 NBA season.  In addition to leading the league in scoring in just over 30 point per game, the 27 year old shooting guard has also become the 3rd player in the last 35 years with 6 30+ point games in first 7 games of a season.  The other two players to accomplish this feat…Bernard King and some guy named Micheal Jordan.

A performance of this magnitude was worthy of a conversation and Andy McNamara of TSN Radio 1050 stopped by the Hoops Talk Nation to discuss the historic run and whether this hot start can be sustained over the course of the NBA season.

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Checking In on the Toronto Raptors with Duane Watson | Hoops Talk Nation

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While the idea of the Toronto Raptors topping last season’s magical run that ended at the hands of  LeBron James and his championship Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals is questionable, there`s a fair amount of intrigue headed into the 2016-2017 campaign to suggest that getting back to the big dance can be a very real possibility.tag lineWith many unanswered questions on my mind, I reached out to my hoops writer pal and all around good guy, Duane Watson to explore the possibilities with that exist for our hometown Raptors for the upcoming campaign.

At the end of it all, we walked away with two distinct thoughts around why the success of last can be replicated:

  1. the youthful core of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph, Terrence Ross, Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson are all in tact and presumably have a bit more seasoned with last year`s extended playoff run under their belts.
  2. Having so many returning faces also means that the chemistry issues that may plague other Eastern conference squads who made significant personnel moves like Chicago, New York, Indiana, Boston and Atlanta won`t be a concern for the Raps who were cohesive as super glue.

It was a great convo that definitely offered some viewpoints to challenge your thinking if you were doubting the Raptors chances of keeping up, if definitely made Duane and I believers!

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I Am Toronto: DeMar DeRozan Re-Signs With Raptors | Hoops Talk Nation

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The news of DeMar DeRozan re-upping with the Toronto Raptors for a five year deal valued at  $139 million was refreshing to hear particularly in an NBA off season where several recognizable stars opted to uproot themselves to ply their trade elsewhere.  DeRozan was different.

He didn’t talk to any other teams and had only one meeting with the Toronto Raptors and that’s all that was needed to get the job done.

Radio sports talk host Andy McNamara of TSN 1050 Radio joins the next episode of the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to discuss the significance of the Raptors retaining an all-star caliber player like DeRozan and what the franchise does moving forward as it continues to work towards its ultimate goal of being a championship organization.

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All that plus a whole host of other NBA topics on the Hoops Talk Nation Podcast!

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DeMar DeRozan on Playing in Toronto! | The Audman Media

textgram_1464620400DeMar DeRozan is a two time All Star who led the Toronto Raptors in their most successful campaign in franchise history before falling to LeBron James and the Cavs in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals.  DeRozan will also be a free agent this summer earning him the right to sign with any NBA team in the league.  The topic of free agency has always been a bit of a sore spot for long time Raptor fans who can still feel the sting of past free agents who’ve bolted the moment their paperwork freed them up. This is part of the reason DeRozan’s comments during the Raptors season-ending availability were so refreshing.

As you would expect, DeRozan was asked about his future plans and spoke openly and freely about his fondness for the T-DOT (AKA The 6) and the significance of setting records in a Raptors uniform.

“I don’t think so,” DeRozan replied when asked whether he thought he could find a better situation elsewhere.

“My mind-set has always been Toronto. I always preached it. I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I’m going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch up after we win,” he said. “I think one thing that’s always greatly said about me is I’m a loyal person. That’s just how I live my whole life. Period. And at this point in my career, it’s all about winning. That’s the only thing that matters.”

DeMar was selected with the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and can be paid a lot more than any other team, because of the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.