DeMar DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan.jpg
DeRozan with the Raptors
No. 10 – Toronto Raptors
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-08-07) August 7, 1989 (age 26)
Compton, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Compton (Compton, California)
College USC (2008–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards

DeMar Darnell DeRozan (born August 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for USC and was selected ninth overall by the Raptors in the 2009 NBA draft. In 2016, he was named an NBA All-Star for the second time in three years.

High school career[edit]

DeRozan attended Compton High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008. He was ranked #3 in the nation by and #6 by[1]

He played on the varsity basketball team for all four years of high school. As a freshman, he averaged 26.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. During his sophomore year, he averaged 22.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, while as a junior he averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.2 steals.[2]

As a senior averaging 29.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg,[3] DeRozan led Compton High School to a 26-6 record, a second consecutive Moore League championship and the CIF Division IAA Southern Section quarter-finals. For his efforts he was awarded the Moore League Most Valuable Player Award and named to the California All-State team. DeRozan was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team, and also won the 2008 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Competition.[4] He was also invited to play in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden and the Nike Hoop Summit, where he scored a team-high 17 points.[5] DeRozan's achievements on the court in his senior year saw him earn first-team Parade All-American honors and First Team Best in the West honors.

College career[edit]

DeRozan during a practice at the 2009 NCAA Tournament

In November 2007, DeRozan signed a letter of intent to play basketball at USC. He chose USC over Arizona State and North Carolina, deciding to join his friend, musician-actor-basketball player Romeo Miller, to play for the Trojans.[6]

In his first game for the Trojans, DeRozan scored a team-high 21 points with seven rebounds in an exhibition game against Azusa Pacific, an 85–64 victory at the Galen Center.[7] DeRozan had 14 points in his first career regular season game in a win over UC Irvine.[8] He scored 21 points along with a career-high 13 rebounds against UCLA in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, before scoring a career-high 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting to lead his team to a 61-49 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament final.[9] His efforts in the tournament saw him earn First Team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in addition to being named Pac-10 Tournament MVP.

DeRozan started all 35 season games for the Trojans, scoring in double figures 28 times and posting four double-doubles. He ranked third on team in points (13.9 ppg), second in rebounds (5.7 rpg), third in assists (1.5 apg), and second in field-goal percentage (.523, eighth-best in conference). DeRozan followed his regular-season efforts by averaging 19.8 points in USC's five postseason games. His 485 points ranks third all-time and his 201 rebounds is fourth all-time for a USC freshman.[2]

College statistics[edit]

2008–09 USC 35 35 33.4 .523 .167 .646 5.7 1.5 .9 .4 13.9

Professional career[edit]

Toronto Raptors (2009–present)[edit]

DeRozan shooting over Jermaine O'Neal in a 2009 game

Early years[edit]

On April 8, 2009, DeRozan announced his decision to enter the 2009 NBA draft and forgo his final three years of eligibility at USC.[10] On June 25, 2009, he was selected ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2009 draft.[11] He stated that part of the reason he left for the NBA after only one year at USC was to help take better care of his mother, who suffers from lupus.[11]

On July 9, 2009, DeRozan signed his rookie scale contract with the Raptors.[12] As the fourth contestant in the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition, DeRozan lost in the final round against three-time champion Nate Robinson. The final percentage was 51% to 49%. DeRozan was selected to compete for the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition as a replacement for injured guard Brandon Jennings. He finished in third place.

On December 31, 2010, DeRozan scored a then career-high 37 points against the Houston Rockets. He matched that career-high two more times against the Utah Jazz on November 12, 2012 and against the Chicago Bulls on November 15, 2013.

2013–14 season[edit]

DeRozan with Team USA at the 2014 World Basketball Festival

On January 22, 2014, DeRozan scored a then career-high 40 points against the Dallas Mavericks, shooting 15-of-22 from the field. On January 30, DeRozan was selected for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. He finished the game with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 15 minutes. On February 1, he recorded a 36 points and a career-high 12 assists in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. On March 28, he led the Raptors to a playoff berth for the first time since 2008, with a victory over the Boston Celtics. He scored 30 points in the win, along with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. On April 13, he scored 30 points against the Detroit Pistons to lead the Raptors to tie a franchise record of 47 wins.

DeRozan's 2013–14 season was a breakout year, averaging career-highs of 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 30% from beyond the arc, and finished fourth in total free-throws made and seventh in attempts. He led the Raptors to a 48–34 record and a third-seed finish in the Eastern Conference.

In DeRozan's first playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 19, 2014, DeRozan scored 14 points on a 3-of-13 shooting as the game resulted in a loss. In Game 2, DeRozan bounced back and scored 30 points on 9-of-21 shooting in a 100–95 win. On April 25, he recorded 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in a loss. That 30-point game made DeRozan the first Raptor to score 30 points in back-to-back playoffs games, and the first Raptor to score 30 in multiple playoff games since Vince Carter. The Raptors went on to lose to the Nets in seven games.

2014–15 season[edit]

In the Raptors' season opening game of the 2014–15 season against the Atlanta Hawks in Toronto, DeRozan recorded career-highs with 11 rebounds and six steals, along with 15 points, in a 109–102 win.[13] On November 29, 2014, he was ruled out indefinitely with a torn left adductor longus tendon. He sustained the injury the night before at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks and did not return.[14] On January 14, 2015, he returned to action, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a 100–84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[15] On March 2, he scored a season-high 35 points in a 114–103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[16] On March 30, DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points in a 99–96 win over the Houston Rockets.[17] On April 17, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April, joining Kyle Lowry (December 2014) and Chris Bosh (January 2007) as the only players in team history to be named Player of the Month.[18]

On April 24, in Game 3 of the Raptors' first-round playoff series with the Washington Wizards, DeRozan scored a playoff career-high 32 points while scoring a franchise playoff-record 20 points in the first quarter, surpassing Vince Carter's previous record of 19 points in a first quarter of a playoff game.[19]

2015–16 season[edit]

On November 10, 2015, DeRozan scored a then season-high 29 points in a loss to the New York Knicks. Reaching the 15-point mark for the eighth straight game to start the season, he became the first Raptor since Chris Bosh in 2009–10 to accomplish the feat.[20] On December 14, DeRozan was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played December 7–13, earning the honor for the first time in his seven-year career and became the seventh player in team history to be named Player of the Week.[21] On January 8, he scored a season-high 35 points in a 97–88 win over the Washington Wizards.[22] On January 28, he was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, earning his second All-Star nod in three years.[23][24] On February 2, DeRozan and teammate Kyle Lowry were selected as co-winners for Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January. The pair helped the Raptors go 12–2 during the month and recorded a franchise-record 11-game win streak.[25]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2009–10 Toronto 77 65 21.6 .498 .250 .763 2.9 .7 .6 .2 8.6
2010–11 Toronto 82 82 34.8 .467 .096 .813 3.8 1.8 1.0 .4 17.2
2011–12 Toronto 63 63 35.0 .422 .261 .810 3.3 2.0 .8 .3 16.7
2012–13 Toronto 82 82 36.7 .445 .283 .831 3.9 2.5 .9 .3 18.1
2013–14 Toronto 79 79 38.2 .429 .305 .824 4.3 4.0 1.1 .4 22.7
2014–15 Toronto 60 60 35.0 .413 .284 .832 4.6 3.6 1.2 .2 20.1
Career 443 431 33.5 .442 .270 .818 3.1 2.4 .9 .3 17.2
All-Star 1 0 15.0 .571 .000 .000 3.0 2.0 .0 .0 8.0


2014 Toronto 7 7 40.3 .385 .333 .899 4.1 3.6 1.1 .3 23.9
2015 Toronto 4 4 39.8 .400 .375 .824 6.3 5.8 1.5 .0 20.3
Career 11 11 40.1 .391 .346 .885 4.9 4.4 1.3 .2 22.5

Awards and honors[edit]

High school and college[edit]

  • 2006 All-Moore League First Team
  • 2007 All-Moore League First Team
  • 2007 Named to the Los Angeles Times First Team
  • 2008 Parade Magazine All-America First Team
  • 2008 Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West First Team
  • 2008 McDonald's High School All-American
  • 2008 Jordan Brand All-American Classic
  • 2008 Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association I-AA Player of the Year (tied with two others)
  • 2008 All-State Team
  • 2009 Pac-10 Tournament Champion
  • 2009 Named Most Outstanding Player in Pac-10 Tournament

NBA achievements[edit]

  • NBA All-Star: 2014, 2016
  • NBA All-Star Rising Star: 2011
  • NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month: April 2015, January 2016
  • NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week: December 7–13, 2015

NBA career highs[edit]

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 42 vs. Houston Rockets March 30, 2015
Rebounds 11 vs. Atlanta Hawks
vs. Houston Rockets
October 29, 2014
March 30, 2015
Assists 12 vs. Portland Trail Blazers February 1, 2014
Steals 6 vs. Atlanta Hawks October 29, 2014
Blocks 4 vs. Sacramento Kings December 5, 2012

National team career[edit]

DeRozan was a member of the United States national team that won the gold medal in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[26] In nine games, he averaged 4.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.[27]

Personal life[edit]

DeRozan is the son of Frank and Diane DeRozan.[2] DeRozan's fiancée, Kiara Morrison, gave birth to their daughter, Diar, on May 12, 2013.[28]


  1. ^ Class of 2008 Basketball Rankings
  2. ^ a b c "Draft 2009 Prospects - DeMar DeRozan",, accessed 28 June 2009
  3. ^ High School Info
  4. ^ DeRozan wins 2008 Mcdonald's All-American Game Dunk Contest
  5. ^ Jordan Brand Classic Stats
  6. ^ Jon Weinbach (March 7, 2008). A Hot Prospect? The Wall Street Journal. Accessed July 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Gary Klein, DeMar DeRozan lifts USC in exhibition win, Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2008, Accessed November 4, 2008.
  8. ^ DeRozan Scores 14 in Debut
  9. ^ Hackett provides defense as Trojans rally, topple No. 15 Sun Devils
  10. ^ USC's DeRozan says he's entering NBA draft
  11. ^ a b DeRozan driven to improve mother's health
  12. ^ Raptors Sign First-Round Pick DeMar DeRozan
  13. ^ DeRozan scores 15 points, Raptors heat Hawks
  14. ^ DeMar DeRozan Injury Update
  15. ^ Lowry leads Raptors past 76ers, 100-84
  16. ^ Raptors top 76ers 114-103, snap 5-game losing streak
  17. ^ DeRozan scores 42, Raptors beat Rockets 99-96
  18. ^ DeRozan Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Month
  19. ^ Pierce, Wall get Wiz past Raptors 106-99 for 3-0 series lead
  20. ^ Anthony, Knicks hand Raptors first home loss, 111-109
  21. ^ DeRozan Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Week
  22. ^ DeRozan scores 35 as Raptors beat Wizards 97-88
  23. ^ DeMar DeRozan Named To Eastern Conference All-Star Squad
  24. ^ DeRozan Joins Lowry As Eastern Conference All-Star
  25. ^ "DeRozan, Lowry Named Eastern Conference Players Of The Month". February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  26. ^ DeRozan Heading To World Cup With USA Basketball
  27. ^ 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup – DeMar DeRozan
  28. ^ DeMar DeRozan And His Fiance Put Smiles On Raptors Fans

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