Rap­tors’ DeRozan un­happy again at SI rat­ing

The Raps’ star jumped up 10 spots to No. 36

Northern News (Kirkland Lake) - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan ap­pears unim­pressed af­ter climb­ing 10 places to No. 36 in Sports Il­lus­trated’s an­nual NBA player rat­ings.

The Toronto Rap­tors star re­acted to the rank­ing with a tweet Tues­day that said “F SI... #ProveEm.” We’re guess­ing the F was not short for fid­dle­sticks.

He had a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion last year at SI’s No. 46 rank­ing, tweet­ing “FOH 46” and “ProveEM.”

DeRozan did just that, earn­ing NBA All-Star sta­tus while rank­ing fifth in scor­ing at 27.3 points a game dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Sports Il­lus­trated had him at No. 61 in 2015-16.

This sea­son, SI has DeRozan sand­wiched be­tween New York’s Carmelo An­thony and Mil­wau­kee’s Khris Mid­dle­ton.

“Ev­ery year we re­lit­i­gate the case of DeMar DeRozan, per­haps the league’s most po­lar­iz­ing player,” the mag­a­zine wrote. “Our ver­dict comes down to this: DeRozan is a re­fined, im­pres­sive scorer whose lim­i­ta­tions cre­ate real prob­lems.”

“For five straight years, the Rap­tors have per­formed bet­ter with DeRozan off the floor,” it added. “The truth of his value is more com­pli­cated than that, though the wealth of mixed sig­nals to this point are be­yond coin­ci­dence. We know DeRozan can score. But to what end?”

Toronto cen­tre Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas stands at No. 80 while Cana­di­ans Tris­tan Thomp­son (Cleve­land) and An­drew Wig­gins (Min­nesota) are No. 50, re­spec­tively.

The Top-30, likely to in­clude Rap­tors guard Kyle Lowry, will be re­leased later this week. The Cana­dian Press


Toronto Rap­tors' DeMar DeRozan looks up in the sec­ond half of Game 1 of their sec­ond-round NBA bas­ket­ball play­off se­ries against the Cleve­land Cava­liers, on May 1, 2017, in Cleve­land. DeRozan jumped 10 spots in Sports Il­lus­trated's yearly NBA player rank­ing.

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