The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade four-time NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
pic.twitter.com/Y2Da7C3aBJ- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 18, 2018
While the excitement surrounding the specifics of the deal runs high, the impact DeRozan has had on the Raptors organization cannot be overlooked.
Toronto used the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to select DeRozan, and it didn't take long for him to rise to stardom. By showing a commitment to developing his game, DeRozan became an All-Star in his fifth season (2012-13), where he would help lead Toronto to its first playoff berth since 2008.
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There is no doubt that DeRozan leaves the franchise as one of the best players to ever don a Raptors uniform. He has developed into a bonafide All-Star, elevating Toronto to a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference.
DeRozan was a member of the three winningest teams in franchise history (2015-18) and helped lead Toronto to its lone conference finals appearance in 2016. Since drafting DeRozan, the Raptors' winning percentage is .529.
Over nine years, DeRozan's impact was felt on and off the court, and his mark has been made in the record books.
Raptors franchise records
• 1st all-time in games played - 675
• 1st all-time in minutes played - 22,986
• 1st all-time in points - 13,296
• 1st all-time in field goals made - 4,716
• 1st all-time in free throws made - 3,539
• 52 points scored on 01/01/18 is a single-game franchise record
• Most career 20-point games - 339
• Most career 30-point games - 96
• Most 30-point games in one season - 32
• Most 40-point games in one season - 7
Stats and Personal Honours
• Regular season averages: 19.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists (over 675 games)
• Postseason averages: 21.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists (over 51 games)
• 4x All-Star (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
• 3x Eastern Conference Player of the Month (April 2015, Jan. 2016, Jan. 2018)
• All-NBA Second Team (2018)
• All-NBA Third Team (2017)
• Olympic Gold Medalist (2016)