DeMar DeRozan becomes first Spurs player since Tim Duncan to get at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in a half
DeMar DeRozan, playing against his former team for the first time since the blockbuster offseason trade, became the first Spur to have 15+ points, 10+ rebounds and five + assists in a half since the legendary Tim Duncan did it back in 2007.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 4, 2019
DeMar DeRozan was very open about how the Raptors trading him hurt. It took the All-Star swingman a long time to get over the trade because he wanted to spend his entire career in Toronto.
DeRozan has gotten over the trade in grand fashion, though, and is having a stellar season with the Spurs. The four-time All-Star entered Thursday averaging 22.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 17.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Anytime you can put your name next to Tim Duncan, you are doing something phenomenal. Duncan is the best player in Spurs franchise history and one of the greatest players in NBA history.
DeRozan’s first half looked too easy. It was as if DeMar was playing in slow motion while everyone else was playing fast. That tends to happen when a player of DeRozan’s caliber gets into a zone.