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At 10,000 Points DeMar DeRozan Rewrites The Raptors Record Books

Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan re-upped with a new five year contract in July and if he lives up to his word, he’ll retire a Raptor and rewrite the franchise record book from cover to cover. On Monday night he became just the second player in franchise history to score 10,000 points with the team and if he maintains his current scoring pace, he’ll pass Chris Bosh (10,275 points) within the next 10 games.

The Raptors have never before enjoyed the level of success they have experienced during what should be called “the DeRozan Era” in Toronto. Drafted onto a Lottery Team in Bosh’s final season with the club, DeRozan was thrust into the spotlight far too soon on a team that wasn’t ready to win.

Give credit to former president Bryan Colangelo for draft picks, trades and hiring head coach Dwane Casey to lay a foundation that current president Masai Ujiri could build upon, but even more credit goes to DeRozan for not giving up (like so many former Raptors players before him) when the losing came easy and not leaving just as the franchise enjoyed their first real taste of success (ever) as he became an unrestricted free agent for his first time this past summer.

Now at the quarter pole of his eighth season in a Raptors uniform, DeRozan is about to lay waste to many current Raptors records. As of December 6th, this is a list of franchise marks he is about to own.

Games played 542 Tied with Morris Peterson for 1st

Minutes played 18,408 2nd. Expect to pass Chris Bosh (18,815) for 1st on January 1st in L.A.

Field goals made 3,562 2nd. Expect to pass Chris Bosh (3,614) for 1st on December 12th at home

Field goals attempted 8,014 1st.

Free throws made 2,688 2nd. Expect to pass Chris Bosh (2,997) for 1st on March 4th in Milwaukee

Free throws attempted 3,257 2nd. Expect to pass Chris Bosh (3,767) for 1st on April 4th in Indiana

Points 10,025 2nd. Expect to pass Chris Bosh (10,275) for 1st on December 26th in Portland

In steals DeRozan has 521 and at his career average of 1 per game, he just might catch Doug Cristie (664 1st) by the end of next season.

DeRozan is also on pace to break Vince Carter’s single season franchise marks for field goals made (788), attempted (1,696) and points scored (2,107). He currently holds the franchise’s third best scoring mark at 1,830 points in 2015-16.

DeRozan already holds the top two single season marks for free throws made (555, 519) and attempted (653, 630) in 2015-16 and 2013-14 respectively.

A couple of franchise records he may never get all the way to the top include:

Rebounds 2,148 for 5th as he’s behind Jonas Valanciunas (2,504 4th) and Bosh (4,776 1st)

Assists 1,462 for 6th as he’s behind Kyle Lowry (2,144 2nd) and Jose Calderon (3,770 1st)

Staying with just one team throughout an NBA career isn’t all that common. There are just too many things that can make that impossible, but DeRozan has seen his opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the Raptors record books and he is going to do it. The DeRozan Era has changed how Toronto views their NBA team and it’s only right that he is written into the team’s history.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.