DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan
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San Antonio Spurs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
DeRozan is coming off his first season with the Spurs, where he failed to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2014-15, though that was largely due to playing in a more loaded Western Conference. While he saw his scoring take a dip to 21.2 points per game, he set career highs in assists (6.2) and rebounds (6.0). He also continued to have big-game upside, dropping at least 30 points 13 times, grabbing double-digit boards on eight occasions, and handing out at least 10 assists in five appearances. Playing for coach Gregg Popovich resulted in DeRozan abandoning his emerging three-point shot, which likely frustrated fantasy owners. In 2017-18, he went 89-for-287 (31.0 percent) from distance, but that dropped to 7-for-45 (15.6 percent) in 2018-19. That will likely continue this season. While DeRozan isn't the most exciting pick, he has All-Star upside, a relatively clean bill of health, and is consistent. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $139 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2016. Traded to the Spurs in July of 2018. Contract includes $27.74 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

DeMar Darnell DeRozan was born in Compton, California, to Frank and Diane DeRozan. He attended Compton High School, where he played on the varsity basketball team for four years. DeRozan averaged 26.1 points and 8.4 rebounds as a freshman. He continued to thrive over the next three seasons, finishing his senior year with per-game averages of 29.2 points and 7.9 rebounds while leading Compton to its second consecutive league title. DeRozan received a number of accolades for his outstanding play as a senior. He was named the Moore League Most Valuable Player Award and selected to the California All-State team. DeRozan was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team and won the 2008 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Competition. He also played in the Nike Hoop Summit and the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden. In addition, he earned first-team Parade All-American honors and First Team Best in the West honors. Since joining the NBA, DeRozan has become involved in a number of charitable causes. In 2010 he started DeMar's Slam Dunk Book Club, aimed at promoting literacy in schools. He later became an ambassador for Lupus Canada, raising awareness and helping those affected by lupus. The cause is particularly close to DeRozan's heart as his mother has lived with the disease for many years. In addition, DeRozan is an advocate for those suffering from depression. He and fellow NBA star Kevin Love created a PSA video to raise awareness of the issue and provide information about various mental health resources. Learn more about DeRozan by following him on Twitter (@DeMar_DeRozan) and on Instagram (@demar_derozan).

College/International Summary

DeRozan was named the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament MVP. He led USC to the Pac-10 Tournament title as the Trojans defeated Arizona State. The Compton, California native helped lead USC to the 2009 NCAA Tournament second round before losing to Michigan State -- the Spartans would end up playing in the NCAA title game that same season. DeRozan, who scored 10 or more points in each of his final nine games of the season, led USC in field goals (5.5) per game while also checking in second in both rebounds (5.7) and points (13.9) per game. DeRozan announced that he would enter the 2009 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was selected ninth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.

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March 11, 2020
DeRozan chipped in with 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Mavericks.
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DeRozan has cracked the 20-point mark just thrice in his last nine games and he's shooting just 47.5 percent from the field during that stretch, which is a downgrade compared to what he's done most of the season. However, he's making strides as a playmaking threat and is averaging 7.8 assists per game during that nine-game span, while registering nine or more dimes five times in that period.
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2019

DeRozan kicked off the 2019-20 season in his usual form, surpassing 20 points in three of his first four contests for San Antonio. That stretch included a spectacular 29 point effort against the Clippers on Oct. 31. The 11-year veteran dished out a season-high 11 assists in the following game, a 127-110 win over the Warriors on Nov. 1. DeRozan surpassed 30 points three times in four games between Jan. 24 and Jan. 29, including a season-best 38 point performance in a 127-120 win over the Jazz. For the shortened season, DeRozan topped 20 points in 41 of his 61 appearances, shot a career-best 52.6 percent from the floor and had per game averages of 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 34.3 minutes per game. He also shot 84.3 percent from the charity stripe, which helped DeRozan reach a career-high effective field goal percentage of 53.5. The veteran wing has now averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the last seven seasons. DeRozan led the Spurs in total points (1,352), assists (340), made field goals (503) and made free throws (338) and was second to Dejounte Murray in total steals (62).

2018

After spending nine seasons in Toronto, DeRozan joined San Antonio for the 2018-19 campaign and continued to play at a very high level. The veteran averaged over 20 points per game for the sixth-straight season, and he set new career highs with 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. His versatility allowed him to notch 12 double-doubles and a single triple-double. DeRozan's average of 21.2 points per game was a notch below teammate LaMarcus Aldridge's mark of 21.3 points per game, and the former led the team with 34.9 minutes per contest. DeRozan also led the Spurs with 17.1 field goal attempts per game, with most of his shots coming from inside the arc. The former USC Trojan notched seven three-point makes on the season, focusing his shot selection within two-point range, from which he shot 49.2 percent. This helped DeRozan serve as an effective mid-range complement to Aldridge in the post. DeRozan also got to the free-throw line plenty, averaging 5.7 attempts per game and shooting 83.0 percent from the charity stripe. Defensively, DeRozan averaged at least a steal per game for the sixth-straight season. He also set a new career high with 36 blocks on the campaign.

2017

DeRozan started 80 games for the Toronto Raptors during the 2017-2018 campaign. He averaged 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and a career-best 5.2 assists per contest. DeRozan scored a career-high 52 points against Milwaukee on New Year's Day -- in that game, he connected on 17-of-29 shots from the floor, including a perfect 13-of-13 from the foul line. He finished 11th in the NBA in scoring average. DeRozan was named to his third straight (and fourth overall) All-Star team. DeRozan was monstrous during a first-round playoff win over the Washington Wizards, as he averaged 26.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest in that series. He scored over 30 points in three of the six games. DeRozan was named Second-Team All-NBA. He also finished eighth in MVP voting.

2016

Having already gained a reputation as one of the top swingmen in the game, DeRozan took his performance to another level during the 2016-17 campaign. The 2009 first-round draft pick played in 74 games with Toronto, averaging 35.4 minutes per contest. He began the season with five consecutive games of 30-plus points, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1986 to accomplish the feat. By the end of the campaign, DeRozan racked up seven games of at least 40 points, easily surpassing his total from all of his previous seasons combined. He scored a career-high 43 points against Boston on Feb. 24, adding five rebounds and five assists in the victory. Overall, DeRozan averaged 27.3 points per game on the season, setting a career high and ranking fifth in the NBA. He also grabbed a career-best 5.2 rebounds per contest and dished 3.9 assists per game. DeRozan's outstanding play led to his first ever starting spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad as well as his first selection to the All-NBA Third Team. His contributions also helped Toronto earn a postseason berth for the fourth consecutive campaign. In 10 playoff contests, DeRozan posted per-game averages of 22.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals.

2015

In his seventh season with Toronto, DeRozan played in 78 games and averaged 35.9 minutes per contest. He averaged a career-best 23.5 points per game, ranking ninth in the NBA. DeRozan also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest. His 44.6 field-goal percentage was his highest mark since his second season, and he shot a career-best 85.0 percent from the charity stripe. The swingman also converted 0.6 three-pointers per game, shooting a career-best 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. DeRozan was awarded for his strong play with his second selection to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. He also earned his first Player of the Week Award in December and was named co-Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January. He scored a season-high 38 points against Portland on March 4, setting an NBA record by making 24 consecutive free throws during the game. He tied his season high with another 38-point game against Miami on March 12, adding 10 rebounds and seven assists in the victory. With DeRozan leading the way, Toronto finished the regular season with a 56-26 record and the second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. They made a deep run in the playoffs, advancing to the conference finals for the first time in history. DeRozan was solid throughout the postseason, notching five games with at least 30 points and averaging 20.9 points, 4.2 boards and 2.7 assists over 20 total contests.

2014

DeRozan managed to play in 60 games for the Raptors in 2014-15, averaging 35.0 minutes per contest. He did face some adversity, however, as a torn left adductor longus tendon limited him to 60 games. The injury knocked him out of action for over six weeks from late November to mid-January. Still, DeRozan was productive when he was on the court, posting per-game averages of 20.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He also notched a career-best mark of 1.2 steals per contest. DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points in a win over Houston on March 30, adding 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He continued his strong play into April, averaging 23.0 points over seven games. That production earned him the first Player of the Month Award of his career. The swingman helped guide Toronto into the playoffs for the second straight season. He played in all four games during the Raptors' first-round playoff series against Washington. In those contests, DeRozan posted per-game averages of 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals.

2013

DeRozan cemented his place as one of the top wingmen in the league with an outstanding 2013-14 campaign. He played in 79 regular-season games for Toronto, ranking fourth in the league with a career-high 38.2 minutes per contest. DeRozan established per-game career highs in multiple categories, including points (22.7), rebounds (4.3), assists (4.0) and steals (1.1). He continued to develop his three-point shot, making a career-best 0.8 treys per game and knocking down a career-high 30.5 percent of his attempts from deep. DeRozan scored a career-high 40 points in a win over Dallas on Jan. 22. He notched the second double-double of his career by dishing out a career-high 12 assists and scoring 36 points against Portland on Feb. 1. DeRozan was rewarded for his strong play with his first selection to the Eastern Conference All-Star squad. He played 15 minutes in the All-Star Game, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds. DeRozan also got his first taste of the NBA postseason, helping Toronto to a 48-34 record and the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Though the Raptors were eliminated by New Jersey in the first round, DeRozan impressed, posting per-game averages of 23.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals across seven contests.

2012

For the second time in his career, DeRozan played in all 82 regular season games for Toronto during the 2012-13 campaign. He started each contest and averaged a career-high 36.7 minutes per game. The 6-foot-6 wingman established a number of additional per-game career highs, including points (18.1), rebounds (3.9) and assists (2.5). DeRozan also increased his free-throw percentage for the fourth straight season, knocking down 83.1 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. He tied his career high with 37 points against Utah on Nov. 12. Six days later, he grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and scored 20 points in a win over Orlando.

2011

DeRozan played in 63 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, averaging a career-high 35.0 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.0 assists. DeRozan also revealed a new element to his game, knocking down 24 three-pointers after totaling nine treys in his first two seasons combined. The swingman continued to display an excellent stroke at the charity stripe, knocking down 81.0 percent of his free-throw attempts. On Jan. 4, he made a career-high five three-pointers en route to 25 points in a win over Cleveland. DeRozan scored a season-best 30 points in a win over the Knicks on Mar. 23.

2010

DeRozan's role grew considerably in his second NBA season. The wingman started each of Toronto's 82 regular-season games, averaging 34.8 minutes per contest. He doubled his scoring average to 17.2 points per game while also increasing his per-game averages in rebounds (3.8), assists (1.8) and steals (1.0). DeRozan again proved to be a reliable shooter, making 46.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and 81.3 percent of his free-throw tries. The 6-foot-6 guard scored a career-high 37 points against Houston on Dec. 31. On Apr. 5 he collected his first career double-double with a 36-point, 10-rebound performance against the Knicks. DeRozan also participated in two events during All-Star Weekend. He finished third in the Slam Dunk Contest and tallied 14 points, four assists and three steals for the sophomore squad in the Rising Stars Challenge.

2009

DeRozan was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He played in 77 games during his rookie season, making 65 starts and averaging 21.6 minutes per contest. DeRozan posted per-game averages of 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in his inaugural campaign. He showed a good touch from both the field and the charity stripe, making 49.8 percent of his field-goal tries and 76.3 percent of his free-throw attempts. DeRozan notched season highs with 24 points and nine rebounds in the final game of the regular season. He also competed in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend, finishing in second place.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2009
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the Raptors that included club options for 2011-12 and 2012-13 (which were both picked up).
  • October 31, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Toronto Raptors.
  • July 14, 2016
    Declined a 2016-17 player option on his previous contract, but re-signed with the Raptors on a five-year deal.
  • July 18, 2018
    Traded by the Toronto Raptors with Jakob Poltl and a 2019 1st round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and cash.
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Fresh off his most impressive Fantasy season to date, DeRozan was hoping to build on the career-best 27.3 points per game he averaged in 2016-17. That number ended up falling to 23.0, however, as DeRozan hoisted three less shot attempts (17.7) per game than he had a year prior (20.9), and also became more of a facilitator with a career-high 5.2 assists. He still kept his efficiency up and shot 45.6 percent from the field, and also hit 82.5 percent of his free-throw attempts, while getting to the line 7.0 times per game. Long known as a mid-range shooter that could score at the rim and get to the line, those numbers all fit DeRozan's typical style. As a result, it was DeRozan's concerted effort to extend his range that was somewhat surprising, considering the 28-year-old made 1.1 three-pointers per game, another career high. DeRozan ended up shooting 31.0 percent from deep and while that certainly isn't outstanding when considering others at his position, it was a step up from the brutal 26.6 percent clip he put up in 2016-17. With the Raptors being swept in the first round of the playoffs, management opted to explore the trade market this offseason, eventually coming to terms on a monster deal with San Antonio. Fellow superstar Kawhi Leonard was shipped to Toronto, while DeRozan was the significant piece that was brought over to San Antonio to make the deal work. The move certainly doesn't improve DeRozan's chances of going further in the playoffs, but it should keep his Fantasy value close to where it was in Toronto. LaMarcus Aldridge is really the only established offensive piece, so DeRozan's usage should at least sustain with the move. It may take time to get used to coach Gregg Popovich's system and the Spurs do tend to rest veterans at various points in the season, all of which are things to consider when drafting DeRozan. That said, the four-time NBA All-Star is still a top-tier shooting guard and his elite scoring ability, as well as his solid contributions in the peripheral categories, should keep him in the discussion for a selection in the first few rounds of most Fantasy drafts.
After being rewarded with a five-year, $139 million contract prior to the 2016-17 season, DeRozan didn't disappoint, averaging 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 35.4 minutes. The scoring and rebounding numbers were career highs and he was also able to shoot 46.7 percent from the field, which was his best number since the 2010-11 season. DeRozan did, however, fail to show any improvement with his three-point shooting, which is one of the biggest flaws of his game. He made just 26.6 percent of his attempts from deep, which was a significant drop from the 33.8 percent clip he had posted previously. While the three-point issues don't appear to be going away any time soon, that didn't stop DeRozan from notching his third NBA All-Star appearance, while also adding an All-NBA Third Team award to his resume. At just 27 years old, DeRozan could still be on the rise and the fact that the Raptors are bringing back nearly the exact same roster should keep the regular rotation intact from a season ago. DeRozan is expected to operate as the team's go-to option offensively and his impressive ability to both score in bunches and get to the free-throw line (8.7 attempts per game during 2016-17 campaign) should secure his spot as one of the top shooting guards in the league. While DeRozan's value would certainly increase with an improved deep ball, the added consistency to his jump shot, as well as the overall uptick in production across the box score should provide encouragement for yet another outstanding Fantasy season.
The Raptors’ backcourt duo of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry finally seemed to get the respect they deserved in 2015-16, with both players earning All-Star nods and representing the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics. After three straight seasons with averages of 20-plus points per game, including a career-high 23.5 a year ago, the 27-year-old DeRozan was rewarded with a five-year, $139 million contract in July to remain with Toronto. The contract validates his standing as one of the top fantasy shooting guards, a position that’s relatively lacking in high-end options league wide. While DeRozan is occasionally prone to some questionable shot selection, he’s a gifted dunker who gets to line with ease. More importantly, he converts those opportunities at a high clip, hitting a career-high 85 percent of his 8.4 free-throw chances per game last season. That’s not the only area where DeRozan showed growth, though. He also hit 33.8 percent of his three-point attempts, which is still a below-average mark, but encouraging to see given his 28.3 percent career rate. DeRozan’s scoring and the stability he brings to a team’s free-throw percentage will continue to guide his fantasy value, but don’t overlook the assistance he provides in some of the other peripheral categories. He also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game last season, figures that will help fantasy owners chip away at deficits throughout the year.
A serious groin injury restricted DeRozan to a career-low 60 games, but when he was on the court, he proved his 2013-14 breakout season was no fluke, averaging 20.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.4 three-pointers while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the free-throw line. The boards and steals were both career highs, but the field goal percentage was a career low as he continued to settle for too many low-efficiency mid-range jumpers despite his skill at drawing contact and fouls. DeRozan has developed into one of the league's better volume scorers, but there are questions among the Raptors' fan base and possibly the front office as to whether the team can make a deep postseason run with him as a focal point of the offense. His current contract expires after this season, and although he holds a $9.5 million player option for 2016-17, he's unlikely to exercise it given the massive rise in salaries that will accompany the new TV deal. Whether DeRozan responds to his potential free-agent status by chucking up more bricks or looking to improve the team's efficiency with an extra pass will probably go a long way towards determining whether he'll be back in Toronto next year.
2013-14 was a coming out party for DeRozan, who emerged as a leader and impact player for the surprisingly postseason-bound Raptors. Over 79 games played, the fifth-year shooting guard averaged career highs in points (22.7), rebounds (4.3), assists (4.0), steals (1.1), three-pointers (0.8), minutes (38), and makes from the free-throw line (shooting 82 percent on an impressive 8.0 attempts per game, good for seventh in the NBA). He shot 43 percent from the floor and 31 percent from beyond the arc. DeRozan's ferocious work ethic and intensity at both ends of the court have become not just the defining characteristics of his own game but of the whole Toronto organization, and at 25 years old, it's entirely possible that he still has some growth left in his numbers, particularly as he continues to improve his long-distance shooting. He was rewarded for his efforts with his first All-Star appearance last season and earned a spot on Team USA's World Cup squad. As Toronto's roster matures around him, a deeper playoff run and more personal accolades seem within his grasp. Don't write DeRozan, or the Raptors, off as flukes.
With Andrea Bargnani shuttling in and out of the lineup last season with an elbow injury, DeRozan became the Raptors' de facto No. 1 option in the first half, averaging 17.4 points per game on 44 percent shooting. That sort of production didn't deviate much from what we've seen from DeRozan in the past, but after the arrival of Rudy Gay via trade on February 1, DeRozan seemed to make tangible improvements in his game. With opposing defenses often deploying their most talented perimeter defenders on Gay, DeRozan actually raised his scoring output to 19.0 points per game on 45 percent shooting after January, despite no longer being the Raptors' No. 1 offensive option. Always an excellent finisher, perhaps the most encouraging development was DeRozan's improved accuracy from three-point range. Though he finished the season with an ugly 28 percent mark from three-point range – still a career-best – DeRozan seemed to find his stroke down the stretch, knocking down 9-of-18 threes in April and shooting 54 percent from the field overall. DeRozan has spent all offseason working to develop further accuracy from three, and while he remains unlikely to ever become a prolific marksman from deep, any sort of improvement would help diversify his game. Considering DeRozan offers only modest production in the other counting stats categories, an uptick his three-point field goals may be his easiest path to climbing upward in the fantasy ranks among shooting guards.
DeRozan's development plateaued last season, although his late-season struggles can be tied directly to the extra defensive attention he received in the wake of Bargnani's injury. At this point in his career he's an inefficient volume scorer and highlight-reel dunker, nothing more, and as the Raptors continue to upgrade the talent level around him it would be easy to see him get left behind. Unless he starts to add some secondary skills to his arsenal, this could be his last season in a Raptors uniform.
With teammate Andrea Bargnani failing to reach the heights for which the Raptors had hoped, their focus has since turned to building a team around DeRozan’s budding talents. In 26 games after the All-Star break last season, DeRozan averaged 19.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.1 three-pointers, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.9 turnovers in 35 minutes, so he still has a way to go. His new coach, Dwayne Casey, isn’t afraid to play his star players upwards of 40 minutes per game, so beyond DeRozan’s expected development, there should be more opportunities for him to fill up the box score. DeRozan’s persistence in taking the ball hard to the hoop will keep him going to the line and make him a consistent scorer. While he tried to extend his shooting beyond the three-point arc last season, he was unsuccessful in limited attempts. DeRozan’s ability to score nearly 20 points per game makes him a Corey Maggette-esque fantasy option, but if he shows he’s developed a three-point shot in training camp, be sure to bump him even higher on your draft boards.
In his rookie season, DeRozan wasn't any sort of rosterable player, really only coming to close to relevance-even on a per-minute basis-with his shooting percentage of 49.8%. That's a good number, but not enough to merit one of your draft picks this season. Still, keep him on your radar: DeRozan only just turned 21 before the season and figures to see decent minutes at the three with Hedo Turkoglu's departure this offseason.
The Raptors drafted DeRozan to fill their glaring needs for athleticism and offense off the wing, but he isn't likely to be ready for a regular spot after spending just one year in college. With Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu and Andrea Bargnani being the focal points of the offense the Raptors will want DeRozan, or whoever gets the minutes at the two, to focus more on defense than on filling up the basket so even if the rookie wins the starting job his fantasy value will be limited.
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Piles up points at line
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March 9, 2020
DeRozan compiled 25 points (7-19 FG, 11-12 FT), eight boards, four assists and two steals across 42 minutes Sunday in the Spurs' 132-129 overtime loss to the Cavaliers.
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Double-double in narrow victory
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March 3, 2020
DeRozan provided 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 win over the Hornets.
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Returns to form Wednesday
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February 26, 2020
DeRozan had 27 points (9-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-9 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds and one steal over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 109-103 loss to the Mavericks.
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Struggles from field
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February 24, 2020
DeRozan notched 11 points (4-12 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during Sunday's 131-103 loss at Oklahoma City.
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Well-rounded line in return
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February 22, 2020
DeRozan (back) put up 18 points (8-17 FG, 2-2 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and one block across 36 minutes Friday in the Spurs' 113-104 win over the Jazz.
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