Raptors Press Conference: DeMar DeRozan - July 14, 2016
Raptors Re-Sign DeMar DeRozan
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have re-signed free-agent guard DeMar DeRozan to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
“Our top priority in the offseason was to make sure DeMar remained a Raptor,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “He has been a foundation for our franchise, a leader who exemplifies the culture we are developing and a key contributor in our success.
“We are delighted that after seven seasons DeMar wanted to remain in Toronto to help us continue to build a championship program.”
DeRozan played a major role in last season’s franchise-record 56 regular season wins and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.
DeRozan, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, averaged a career and team-best 23.5 points (tied for eighth in the NBA) with 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 35.9 minutes (eighth in the NBA) in 78 contests in 2015-16. He shot career bests of .338 (47-139) from three-point range and .850 (555-653) at the foul line, a sixth consecutive season above 80 per cent. His 555 free throws made and 653 free throw attempts were career highs and franchise records. He ranked second in the league in free throws made and third in attempts.
DeRozan paced the club in scoring 47 times and in assists a career-high 16 outings. He scored 20 or more points 54 times and 30-plus on 14 occasions. He led the team with a season high-tying 38 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists March 12 versus Miami for his 10th career double-double. He also had 38 points March 4 vs. Portland, setting a franchise record with 24 made free throws before intentionally missing his 25th attempt to seal the victory.
DeRozan appeared in his second All-Star Game on February 14 in Toronto, finishing with 18 points in 19 minutes as a reserve. He was named co-winner for Eastern Conference Player of the Month in January along with teammate Kyle Lowry, averaging 23.9 points in 14 games with eight games of 20-plus points.
DeRozan ranks among the top five all-time franchise leaders in 11 statistical categories. He is first in games started (509) and most victories by a single player (249). He is second in minutes (17,655), total points (9,436), field goals attempted (7,574), free throws made (2,533) and free throws attempted (3,071).
DeRozan averaged 20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 37.3 minutes in 20 games in the 2016 postseason. He scored 30-plus points in five contests, all Raptors victories. He had 30 points in a Game 7 victory over Indiana on May 1 and 28 points in a Game 7 win over Miami on May 15.
The Raptors selected DeRozan with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. In seven seasons with the Raptors, DeRozan has averaged 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 33.9 minutes in 521 games (509 starts). In 31 career playoff outings, he has upped his averages to 21.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 38.3 minutes.