The impact DeMar DeRozan had on the Toronto 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.
Now a member of the San Antonio Spurs, there is no doubt that DeRozan is one of the best players to ever don a Raptors uniform. He developed into a bonafide All-Star, elevating Toronto to a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference.
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Ahead of his first return to Toronto, there's no more appropriate time to take a look back at the ways in which the four-time All-Star influenced this franchise.
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. In the DeRozan era, the Raptors' winning percentage was .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)