Sometimes it requires taking a deep breath and looking back over the past month to determine what really went down and with yet another consistently good month under their belts, the Toronto Raptors were able to get All-Star DeMar DeRozan NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for January.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Raptors went 10-5 in January while the first place Celtics stumbled to a 7-5 record and the third place Cavaliers were an embarrassing 6-8. While fourth place Miami also managed to go 10-5, the Heat have no one putting up numbers comparable to DeRozan.
DeRozan averaged a team-high 25.3 points (second in East), 5.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 15 games during the month of January and was the Raptors’ leading scorer seven times. He shot .447 (135-302) from the field, .333 (21-for-63) from three-point range and .846 (88-104) at the free throw line. He put up a career-best 52 points on January 1st in an overtime win over Milwaukee.
This was the third time in his career that DeRozan has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Month.