Holy blue on a smurf. This has had to have been one of the craziest weeks in Raptors history in quite some time. A mid-season shakeup that has some questions answered and left many still lingering. Let’s look at some of the things that happened shall we?
Jose Calderon and Ed Davis bid goodbye to their teammates, as they are traded to the Grizzlies and the Pistons, respectively. Rudy Gay finally comes to Toronto, who Colangelo has coveted for a long time now and makes an explosive impact in his first two games as a Raptor. Amir Johnson continues his stellar play and even plays through flu-like symptoms against the Clippers. Jonas V also returns to the lineup, although is still healing. Lowry is now handed the keys to the team and all eyes are on him to preform. And Colangelo tells Raptor fans that he’s probably not done moving players which, to many fans’ ears means, “Goodbye, Andrea!”.
Phew. So yeah, that’s just a few.
I know I’m going to get some annoyed fans with this week’s choice. But rest assured, Rudy will be up here enough times in the future and yes, I did recognize his 20 and 29 point games.
The Raptors played four games this week and won only one game; although it was against the Clippers and it was a blowout. That may have had something to do with the electrifying arrival of Gay though.
But before the Rudy era and when everyone was still whispering about trades, DeMar DeRozan was consistently playing his heart out, trying to earn the Raps some wins.
DeMar’s work this week was fantastic and he’s really been doing this all season, whether other people tend to notice it or not. You can see his improvement as the season goes on and the obvious improvement from the previous season. And as we all know, he’s at his best when he heads to the free throw line; attacking and streaking towards the tin.
It also helps when Rudy Gay adds that DeRozan is the, “best two guard he’s ever played with”.
Well, DeMar scored 20+ points three out of the four games this week, including a 27 point outburst against Miami. His best game was probably against Atlanta, although it is debatable. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished out 2 assists, recorded 2 steals and made 5-6 of his free throws. He also shot 66% from deep and 50% from the floor overall over the course of 35 minutes.
This week, DeMar averaged 22.5ppg, 5.25apg and 2.25rpg. He shot 50% from beyond the arc and 42.6% from the field. He also got to the charity stripe 25 times over the stretch and shot 92%. DeMar played an average of 37.25 minutes per game as well.
Again, most of Raptor Nation was rattled this week by the Rudy Gay trade, the tears from Jose, and the outrage gathered from Bargnani still sitting on the bench in his suit.
But not DeMar.
So, for doing what he does best and working through everything as a man of little words and big performances, DeMar DeRozan is your “Raptor of the Week”.