The Best of the Day: April 11th, 2021
IN A TIME THAT REJECTS MID-RANGERS, DEROZAN HAS PERFECTED
DeMar DeRozan had 33 points for San Antonio in their victory over Dallas on Sunday night. The last two of those 33 came on a last second midrange jumper to put his team up two and win the game. He was able to reach a place on the ground where he feels comfortable and reverse the shot.
The place on the floor where DeRozan shines is different from most of the league. He’s a mid-range expert and lives off those clichés. Over the years, fewer and fewer mid-range shots are taken in the league as players have been urged to extend their game beyond the three-point line. In fact, most players these days need a successful three-point jumper to even play in today’s NBA.
Although the league is moving away from mid-range shooting, DeRozan still lives on it. He is currently on a 5 year / $ 139 million contract which he earned shooting the mid-ranger at a high clip. Having a player like him on the team brings a different look to the offense and makes it more diverse with more ways to score effectively, which is why DeRozan continues to thrive, even in the NBA today.
GAME CALLED DEROZAN 👀 pic.twitter.com/JYiN82WPQ8
– NBA TV (@NBATV) April 12, 2021
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