There are many superstars in the NBA and this season is no different with talent all over the league. You have guys like Lebron James, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. However, this season there is an all-star, who plays north of the border, who is dominating like no other player in the league. I am talking about DeMar DeRozan, who has been on an unbelievable hot streak so far in this young 2016 season. He is making plays all over the court, and his team is reaping the benefits night in and night out.
DeMar DeRozan has scored at least 30 points, in 6 out of 7 of the first games of the season. Only two other players in NBA history have done this, one is named Michael Jordan, who was a pretty good player. The All-Star shooting guard continued his scorching start to the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, scoring 37 points with six assists, four rebounds and three steals, in 39 minutes of work, to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 112-102 road win over Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder. DeRozan scored 11 of his 37 points in a dominant second quarter, which saw the Raptors shake off a sluggish start to outscore their hosts 42-28.
DeRozan is averaging 34 points a game, through the first 7 games of the season, and is the first player to do so since Hall Of Famer Michael Jordan. He is even shooting over 50% from the field, which is unheard of these days in the NBA. Nobody knows when and if this hot streak will end, but one thing is for sure, he is hands down the hottest player in the NBA right now. The other night, DeRozan scored 37 points, without hitting a single three pointer in the game. That is an alarming stat, because he can shoot the three-pointer very well.
While DeRozan continues to carry the load for Dwane Casey’s club, which improved to 5-2 with the win, he had help on Wednesday. His back court mate, Kyle Lowry, has been struggling, but his other teammates have picked up the slack a lot. The Raptors have a strong team and will look to make it back to the Eastern Conference Championship game in 2016. One thing is for sure: If DeRozan can keep this hot streak alive, they will definitely be in the hunt for an NBA title next summer.