As we enter Year 3 of the DeMar DeRozan era in San Antonio, it no longer looks strange to see him in a Spurs uniform.
That is, until he suits up to face the Toronto Raptors.
While a trade ended DeRozan's nine-year tenure with the Raptors, he will forever be known as one of the most iconic figures in the franchise's history, as he made countless memories and still stands as the all-time leading scorer.
With DeRozan set to face his former team for the fifth time, have a look back at how he's performed in the previous four games, where he's made some notable memories along the way.
Jan. 26, 2020 - For Kobe
Raptors 110, Spurs 106
Stat line: 14 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds
This one was much bigger than basketball.
DeMar DeRozan and some of the @Raptors share a moment during warmups. pic.twitter.com/BXDWGRzWgK- Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 26, 2020
"His relationship with Kobe was far more significant than mine," Norman Powell said of DeRozan. "I know they talk, text, everything - decipher game film … so, just being able to talk to him a bit and just be another person he can talk to and lean on, you know, we're all going through it."
"I know how much he meant to me, so multiply that times a million for somebody like DeMar," Fred VanVleet told reporters post game. "You just try to hug your brother in that moment and move on."
Jan. 12, 2020 - The dunk
Spurs 105, Raptors 104
Stat line: 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
With just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Spurs trailed the Raptors 76-59, then it happened.
DEMAR 😱 DEROZAN #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/is72V9ryYb- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 13, 2020
After DeRozan's monster and-one over his former teammate, the momentum began to sway in San Antonio's favour. Down 13 heading into the fourth quarter, the Spurs outscored the Raptors 36-22 in the final frame to escape Scotiabank Arena with a one-point win.
Feb. 22, 2019 - An emotional return and a furious finish
Raptors 120, Spurs 117
Stat line: 23 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds
Most return games are emotional but this was different - DeMar DeRozan was everything for these fans for nearly a decade.
For all the good times- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 23, 2019
For all you've done for this City, for Canada
Thank you, @DeMar_DeRozan pic.twitter.com/uxFLPQv1Sw
Standing O from coast to coast pic.twitter.com/5GN505Feyu- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 23, 2019
In a game that came down to the wire, there was a furious finish. There were clutch buckets across the board but almost poetically, it came down to DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard, the two key pieces to the trade that happened just seven months prior.
KL² IN THE CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/97LJ9kCQaa- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 23, 2019
A wild, unforgettable finish.
Jan. 3, 2019 - The triple-double
Spurs 125, Raptors 107
Stat line: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists
In the first 713 games of DeRozan's career, he had recorded exactly 0 triple-doubles.
21 PTS | 14 REB | 11 AST- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 4, 2019
Vote @DeMar_DeRozan to the #NBAAllStar Game ➡️ https://t.co/w8uWNcwX21 pic.twitter.com/FzJFV0Zcsh
How fitting is it that the first one of his career came against his former team? In a game that was televised nationally in the United States, DeRozan did a little bit of everything, finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as San Antonio cruised to an 18-point win over the Raptors.
It counted for just one win, but this one definitely meant a little extra.
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