DeMar DeRozan: The Stages Of His Rise To Fame

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Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard DeMar DeRozan (9) controls the ball against Dominican Republic forward James Maye (18) during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard DeMar DeRozan (9) controls the ball against Dominican Republic forward James Maye (18) during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Introduction

If DeMar DeRozan isn’t already a household name, at least to NBA observers, then he is about to achieve that status in the very near future.

In Toronto, the 6’7″ shooting guard has always been popular. More to the point, he has been relied upon, virtually since the start of his career, to transform the Raptors into a perennial playoff contender.

For the most part, DeRozan’s rise to fame can be directly linked to his individual output and to his team’s success overall in 2013-14, when the Raptors won 48 games and finished atop the Atlantic Division.

By no means did the 25-year-old get to where he is overnight. Still, it does seem like DeRozan is experiencing a sudden spike in popularity.

Of course, the added attention has a lot to do with the fact that he has been confirmed as one of the 12 players who will represent the United States at the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

But how did DeMar get to this point?

On the following slides, I take a look at some of the defining moments in his career.

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