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Happy birthday, DeMar DeRozan

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The four-time NBA All-Star turns 31 today.

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We may be witnessing an evolution of DeMar DeRozan in the Orlando bubble.

As the youth movement is being afforded an opportunity to flourish, DeRozan is taking advantage of the change to become a highlight reel.

Since reluctantly joining the San Antonio Spurs two years ago, DeRozan has been the focus of the Spurs offense. He can create for himself, handle the ball, and go clutch down the wire.

Unfortunately he isn’t a top tier superstar that can carry a team and as years catch up, he will lose that kick that he has depended on since exiting Toronto and his pairing with Kyle Lowery.

But in the bubble, DeRozan has laid back and let Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Lonnie Walker IV take the lion’s share of the shots during the first three frames and then take over when the game is tight, letting his propensity for isolation lead the Spurs to a victory.

At the power forward position, the Spurs have embraced position-less basketball, and it could be lethal.

In the years to come, DeMar could play more of a role like Manu Ginobili and support a ridiculous bench.

Despite any speculation on what might happen to DeRozan this summer, he is with the Silver & Black now. That is something for which to be grateful.

Happy birthday, DeMar DeRozan.


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