Before joining Chicago, DeMar DeRozan doubted a lot

Before joining Chicago, DeMar DeRozan doubted a lot

Guest of the Draymond Green podcast, where he notably returned to the moment when he refused to join the Warriors in the summer of 2021, DeMar DeRozan also spoke of the difficulties he went through a year ago. Difficulties that are mainly manifested on the mental level.

At that time, the soon-to-be 33-year-old full-back/winger (August 7) ​​was at the end of his contract with Spurs and was therefore free to sign wherever he pleased. But this free agency there was nothing quiet in his eyes…

It didn’t go as planned “, he remembers on this subject. ” It made me doubt so much and it caused me to have negative thoughts, because I started asking myself questions like, ‘Where am I going to go now? What player will I become?’. »

Indeed, DeMar DeRozan has long been mentioned on the side of the Lakers in the summer of 2021. Except that the Californian franchise preferred Russell Westbrook to him, for the results that we know, plunging the former player from Toronto and San Antonio in doubt. While free agency was well underway…

The big names always sign on the first or second day “, he then specifies. ” I think I had a few days of free agency with questions. Was I going to sign somewhere for a one-year contract? Was I going to sign at least? It put me in a bad state of mind, honestly. I remember that I didn’t leave my room for three or four days. I did not see the sun. I was depressed, because I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was not done in Los Angeles, then there you see the other players signing and I wondered what I was going to do. But there were times when I had no idea. »

Then the tide turned, in “Windy City”…

Ultimately, it was the Bulls who picked up DeMar DeRozan, concluding a “sign-and-trade” with the Spurs (for Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu and draft rounds). To the delight of the All-Star, revenge.

When the deal with Chicago came and I made it happen, it was such a relief “, he continues. ” But at the same time, it made me angry and in a very frustrating state of mind. In mode: ‘Fuck all that’. Because I will destroy everything that is said about me. I’m not going to talk, just work hard and prove, not only for myself but for anyone who has ever doubted or been left out. My whole career has been based on it, but I have never let myself down. It hit me, but I got up. So going to Chicago, I felt like it was a new opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it, in every way. »

And the least we can say is that DeMar DeRozan bounced back perfectly in Chicago after his depressive start, since he had the best season of his career as an individual, with 27.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists on average (50% on shots, 35% on 3-pts and 88% on free throws).

Better still: “Deebo” was logically retained in the “All-NBA Second Team” and he especially helped the Bulls to find the playoffs. A first for them since 2017.

DeMar DeRozan Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2009-10 TOR 77 22 49.8 25.0 76.3 0.9 2.0 2.9 0.7 2.3 0.6 0.8 0.2 8.6
2010-11 TOR 82 35 46.7 9.6 81.3 0.9 2.9 3.8 1.8 2.7 1.0 1.8 0.4 17.2
2011-12 TOR 63 35 42.2 26.1 81.0 0.6 2.7 3.4 2.0 2.6 0.8 2.0 0.3 16.7
2012-13 TOR 82 37 44.5 28.3 83.1 0.6 3.3 3.9 2.5 2.1 0.9 1.8 0.3 18.1
2013-14 TOR 79 38 42.9 30.5 82.4 0.7 3.7 4.3 4.0 2.5 1.1 2.2 0.4 22.7
2014-15 TOR 60 35 41.3 28.4 83.2 0.7 3.9 4.6 3.5 2.0 1.2 2.3 0.2 20.1
2015-16 TOR 78 36 44.6 33.8 85.0 0.8 3.7 4.5 4.0 2.1 1.0 2.2 0.3 23.5
2016-17 TOR 74 35 46.7 26.6 84.2 1.0 4.3 5.2 3.9 1.8 1.1 2.4 0.2 27.3
2017-18 TOR 80 34 45.6 31.0 82.5 0.7 3.2 3.9 5.2 1.9 1.1 2.2 0.3 23.0
2018-19 SAN 77 35 48.1 15.6 83.0 0.7 5.3 6.0 6.2 2.3 1.1 2.6 0.5 21.2
2019-20 SAN 68 34 53.1 25.7 84.5 0.7 4.9 5.5 5.6 2.7 1.0 2.4 0.3 22.1
2020-21 SAN 61 34 49.5 25.7 88.0 0.7 3.6 4.3 6.9 2.1 0.9 2.0 0.3 21.6
2021-22 CHI 76 36 50.4 35.2 87.7 0.7 4.4 5.2 4.9 2.3 0.9 2.4 0.3 27.9
Total 957 34 46.5 28.8 83.7 0.7 3.7 4.4 3.9 2.3 1.0 2.1 0.3 20.8

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