Draft 2K9 - DeMar DeRozan
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Drafted: No. 9 by Toronto
Physically, there are few guards that can compete with DeRozan's athletic skills on the wing. DeRozan launched up the draft board after an explosive freshman year at USC. The best fit for DeRozan is a team searching for a finisher in transition. One of the best dunkers in the draft class, DeRozan loves to get out and run the fast break. In just one season in college, the jab step, spin move, and step-back jumper were all apart of the DeRozan arsenal. His size will allow for teams to place him at the two guard or small forward positions on the court.
DeRozan remains a project with a high ceiling for improvement. For a shooting guard, the 16.7 percent from the 3-point line is a major concern. DeRozan only shot 64.6 percent at the charity stripe and reached the free throw line only 2.7 times per game. He needs to find an isolation game in the half court set instead of relying on athletic skills to score. The freshman did not display an ability to make teammates better; averaging just 1.5 assists.
With Corey Brewer returning from a knee injury and the possibility of re-signing Rodney Carney, the Wolves would be hard-pressed to justify the selection of DeRozan. However, DeRozan offers a tremendous upside for a team in need of a slasher and athletic finisher from the shooting guard and small forward positions. If Minnesota decides to let Carney walk in free agency, the DeRozan pick might be a good fit to fill the absence of athleticism from the wing.
Round 1: USC 72, BC 55
Round 2: Michigan State 74, USC 69
Chad Ford's Top 100
"On paper, DeRozan has all of the specs of an elite NBA 2-guard. He's an amazing athlete with an NBA body, and he's very skilled on the offensive end. But he seems to lack a killer instinct and great basketball IQ. After getting off to a slow start at USC, DeRozan really came on at the end of the season."
"Whichever team drafts Demar DeRozan will be picking him in the hopes that he’ll growing into their system, and not because he’s already a great fit."
"Jaw dropping athletic specimen. At a chiseled 6'6 220 with large wingspan. Possesses the prototypical frame for an NBA wing ...Incredible leaper and explosive finisher. Vertical is reportedly 40 inches plus ... His head is even with the rim on many of his dunks ... Has all but mastered the art of the mid-range game."
Ford's Mock Draft
No. 9 to Toronto
No. 10 to Milwaukee
No. 9 to Toronto
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