DeMar Darnell DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan was born in Compton, California. He's been a basketball standout since before high school in the city of Dr. Dre and N.W.A. He made the varsity squad his freshman year. He made the California All-State team his senior year. He was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team. He won the Slam Dunk competition at the McDonalds Tournament as well. Deciding to stay close to home, DeMar decided to attend USC only a few miles from his home and high school.
After a single season at USC and a 2nd round loss in the NCAA Tournament, DeMar decided to go pro. He declared for the 2009 NBA Draft. The Toronto Raptors took him in the first round. By 2014, he was an All-Star, known for more than highlight reel dunks. He and Kyle Lowry lead the Raptors to playoffs, reviving the franchise in Toronto. By the 2016, Toronto was a recognized powerhouse in the East, and DeMar was the foundation - which is why the trade came as such a shocker. DeMar was traded at the beginning of the 2019 season to the San Antonio Spurs. Under the wing of living legend Gregg Popovich, DeMar continues his growth.
- Demar left USC after one year to play in the NBA in order to support his mother with lupus financially.
- In the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition, Demar lost in the final round against three-time champion Nate Robinson. The final percentage was 51% to 49%
- DeMar tallied his first career triple-double as a Spur against his former team, the Toronto Raptors.
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