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DeMar DeRozan leads Team USA in scoring, could well stick with team (VIDEO)

Aug 21, 2014, 1:33 AM EDT

Among the things overshadowed by Paul George‘s injury at the Team USA’s showcase game in Las Vegas was the fact DeMar DeRozan led his team in scoring. He didn’t play at all against Brazil, but he was back to putting up points again in Team USA’s rout of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

DeRozan lead Team USA with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

He did it in transition. He did it knocking down midrange jumpers. He did it getting to the rim in the halfcourt. DeRozan can flat out score.

Which is part of what makes Mike Krzyzewski and staff’s job so tough right now — there are no easy cuts here. Four guys have to go, but two guys who stood out on Wednesday — DeRozan and Andre Drummond — didn’t play last Saturday in Chicago against Brazil. It’s hard to get much of a read out of the Dominican game because the USA just so badly outclassed them (the DR team really missed Al Horford) but DeRozan was making plays.

You can make a very good case for keeping DeRozan, but if he stays somebody good has to go.

  1. money2long - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    After watching that little clip, yeah he better stick.

  2. chicagosports2014 - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    He look like young Kobe, I can tell he been watching his films.

    Good work DeMar!

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Compton in the house!! Man it’s good to see his game grow like this! I hope he does stick and helps us bring the heat. Go USA.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:25 AM

      He doesn’t play for the heat, he plays for the raptors

      • 88heatnation - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Reading is fundamental.

  4. bucrightoff - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Bryan Colangelo did a lot wrong but getting DeMar locked up for $10 million a year through 2016 is now looking like incredible value. One of the best contracts in the league.

    • bkbell3 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      His shooting % has gone down every year he has been in the league from 49% his first year to 42% last year as his usage has gone up each year. His 3pt % is abysmal at about 25% for his career with a career high of 30% last year. He is a chucker and an inefficient one.

  5. ez0682 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM


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