DeRozan, however, admits he's not even thinking about that and is just trying to lead the Spurs to wins:
DeRozan on whether this stretch is some of the best ball of his career: "I really don’t think about it, honestly. Not even to B.S. you, I just really try to play my best overall game…The outcome is the outcome, and the outcome has just been me playing well."
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) January 14, 2020
Whether he admits it or not, DeMar DeRozan is playing some of the best basketball of his career lately and the All-Star has power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to thank.
Aldridge’s emergence as a perimeter threat has opened up the floor for DeRozan and the Spurs. As a result, DeRozan is scoring the ball at will lately since there are so many driving lanes for him to attack.
Over his last eight games, Aldridge is averaging 17.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. More importantly for the Spurs, Aldridge is shooting an impressive 55.8 percent from beyond the arc.
By bringing his defender out to the perimeter, Aldridge is opening up the paint and mid-range for DeRozan. The Spurs are seeing the best version of DeMar in a San Antonio uniform as a result.
DeRozan averaged 29.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists as the Spurs went 3-1 last week. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Overall on the season for the Spurs, DeRozan is averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 38 games while shooting 53.5 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line.
While there has been talk that San Antonio could move DeRozan or Aldridge if the team can’t climb up the Western Conference standings before the NBA’s February trade deadline, it appears the Spurs are beginning to turn a corner. They now sit in the ninth spot in the West standings with a record of 17-21.