Tottenham 50 for 50, No. 21: Demar DeRozan

This year Tottenham celebrate their 50th season in San Antonio. There were many highs and few lows. 1 brand of San Antonio Spurs It was their culture and consistency. The keys to those qualities lie in their players. Always known for evolution as well as being ahead of the curve in exploring international players, Tottenham Road has made the franchise one of the most successful franchises ever. When we look back at the Silver and the Black, we learn about the 50 best players in Tottenham history. Every day we’ll go up the countdown.

Demar DeRozan

For better or for worse, and fair or not, DeMar DeRozan will always have a unique place in the Tottenham tradition. He never asked to be here, but instead was traded to the Spurs of his beloved Toronto Raptors as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade, which has already put him between a rock and a hard place with the Spurs fans. While they were ready to welcome him with open arms and move forward from Leonard’s mayhem, DeRozan was asked to fill in the shoes of a naturally superior player, and it didn’t work out, even if it didn’t. All his fault.

He was tasked with making an embarrassing combination with fellow star midfielder LaMarcus Aldridge, and while they were able to extend Spurs’ record 22nd season into DeRozan’s first season here, Spurs only managed to make the next season. Two seasons before he agreed to sign and trade between Tottenham and Bulls to help them acquire some assets for his comeback as they transition into a new era.

It was never a perfect marriage, but DeRozan is still to be remembered fondly for his time in San Antonio. He did everything that was asked of him, be it the main scorer or the creator, playing whatever position they needed to. He wasn’t afraid to take on games late when young Tottenham weren’t close by, and his presence was missing in that regard for much of last season once he was gone. His mid-range game was old school and his lack of a three-point shot and defensive instincts despite his length was insane at times, but he still gave Spurs everything he had despite the imperfect situation he was forced into.

My favorite memories of him will always be ‘Kawhi Leonard’s comeback game’ in 2019, which Tottenham dominated at 125-107. DeRozan wasn’t great in that game, scoring 7-15 shots for 21, but he played like a man on a mission, starting with this nasty dip early in the game that sparked a crowd and sucked up the soul almost instantly. his old team.

While Leonard also had a good game from a stats standpoint, he seemed uncomfortable in the suddenly hostile frontiers of the AT&T center. Spurs have had some fun moments since then, but this game was so much fun, satisfying and somehow therapeutic for everyone in San Antonio on that particular day, from the players to the fans.

DeRozan was never the right person for Spurs and now he is mainly seen as simply holding off the rebuilding process of Spurs, but that should never be against him. He’s only been here for three seasons, but he gave it his all and had nothing but good things to say about the organization since he left. That is more than can be said for the many players who have been in similar situations, and the Spurs fans should always be grateful for his contributions to the club.

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