The National Basketball Association announced Monday that DeMar DeRozan has been selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 1-7. This marks the eighth time DeRozan has earned the honour during his nine seasons in Toronto and the third time this season. He was also named East Player of the Week for games played Nov. 13-18 and Dec. 18-24.
DeRozan averaged an NBA-high 35.7 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds during three games last week. He shot .557 (34-for-61) from the field, .550 (11-for-20) from three-point range and .933 (28-for-30) at the free throw line. DeRozan was the leading scorer in two of Toronto’s three victories this past week.
Highlighting DeRozan’s week was a franchise-record 52-point performance Jan. 1 vs. Milwaukee in overtime. He became the third player in team history to record a 50-point game, joining Vince Carter (Feb. 27, 2000 vs. Phoenix) and Terrence Ross (Jan. 25, 2014 vs. L.A. Clippers). DeRozan also matched a career-high with 17 field goals, including five three-pointers, against the Bucks and shot a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Two nights later, DeRozan scored 18 of his game-high 35 points in the third quarter to help Toronto pull away in a 124-115 victory Jan. 3 at Chicago. He capped off the week by scoring 20 points during Toronto’s 120-110 win Jan. 5 at Milwaukee.
DeRozan, a native of Compton, California, currently ranks seventh in the NBA averaging 25.0 points through 37 games. The three-time NBA All-Star was selected ninth overall by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft and is the franchise’s all-time leader in career points (12,381), field goals made (4,390), free throws (3,322) made and games played (632).