When the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals started, the first two games were dominated by the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers team winning with a significant margin.
Most NBA fans thought that it will be another sweep series for the Cavs just like what they did in their first and second round opponents.
Now that the contest moved to Toronto, the Raptors shown their talents and the reason why they sit on the second spot in most wins in the East during the regular season.
If the Warriors have their “Splash Brothers”, in Toronto they have their own version in the names of Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry. For our today’s post we will feature the high-flying Derozan.
1. Drafted at Pick Number 9
2. A Member of USA Men’s Basketball
Derozan was a member of the 2014 USA Men’s Basketball team that took home the Gold Medal. His best game as part of the Dream Team was against the Dominican Republic wherein the high-flyer forward registered 11 points and 3 steals with +/- 15 efficiency.
In 2016, Derozan is part of the 30 players pool who will compete for the final 12 of USA Men’s Basketball team that will be sent to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
3. An NBA All Star
Got selected as a reserve for the 2014 NBA All Stars where he scored 8 points in just 15 minutes of action.
In 2016 again he got selected to participate in the annual big event of the league as a reserve but this time he logged a double-digit in his scoring with 18 points.
4. Can Compete In Slam Dunk Contest
During his high school years at Compton High School, Derozan was awarded as the Slam Dunk Champ at the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Competition. In NBA, he also tried his luck as he compete at the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition but lost to three-time NBA Slam Dunk King, Nate Robinson in the final round.
In 2011, Derozan again got selected to participate in a Dunk contest as a replacement for the injured guard Brandon Jennings, he finished third place behind Javal McGee (2nd place) and Blake Griffin (2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Champ).
5. The Most Winningest Raptor Player
Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Mo Peterson, Chris Bosh. Those are the names that puts Toronto Raptors in the NBA winning map but during the 2015-16 campaign, Demar Derozan edged Bosh and Peterson and claimed as the winnigest player who don the Raptors uniform with 233 career victories.