Reason 17: Demar DeRozan – More than a highlight-reel dunker
When you think of Demar DeRozan, probably the first thing that comes to mind is one of his ferocious dunks. Whether it be in the 2010 NBA Dunk Contest, his “Show Stopper” dunk in last season’s contest, or on some defender in live game action (my personal favorite), DeRozan never seems to disappoint when soaring above the rim. But get over the fact of his dunking ability for just a few minutes. This guy is capable of much more on the basketball court. In just his second season in the League, DeRozan has increased his stat line averages considerably from his rookie campaign. After the departed Chris Bosh to Miami, DeRozan’s numbers soared even more than his dunks appearing weekly on SportCenter’s ‘Top 10 Plays’. He’s become a scoring machine for Toronto, doubling his rookie season average of 8.6 ppg to 17.2 ppg last season. Yea, the dude put in that many points a game. He started in all 82 games, and shot nearly 47% from the field last season. He’s one of the bright spots on a Raptors team that went 22-60 last season, and with DeRozan set to make $2.625 million in 2011-12, Toronto should think considerably about offering this young stud an extension. For now, let us enjoy what he’s one of the greatest at. Dunking.