Totally overwhelming figures for DeMar DeRozan

After an adventure of several years in San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan will continue his career in Chicago. But a very precise statistic casts a freezing cold on the arrival of DMDR in Illinois …

Toronto, San Antonio… and now Chicago. At 32, DeMar DeRozan opens a new chapter in his beautiful career in the NBA, with a stated objective: that of coming to play spoilers in the East around Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic and others. Despite advancing age, DeRozan remains one of the league’s top scorers – an undeniable asset that no one takes away from him.

The problem is, on the other side of the pitch, DMDR is not quite the most famous defender in the world. Thus, when we look at the differential in points scored and conceded by his team over 100 possessions when he is on the ground, the native of Compton has been systematically in deficit since the season… 2012-2013:

  • 2012-13: -1.4
  • 2013-14: -1.3
  • 2014-15: -1.9
  • 2015-16: -5.5
  • 2016-17: -7.9
  • 2017-18: -1.3
  • 2018-19: -5.3
  • 2019-20: -4.4
  • 2020-21: -4.8

Clearly, when DeRozan plays, with equal possessions, his team finds itself in deficit in number of points. Statistically, he is therefore not an effective player for the collective according to this unit of measurement, and does not contribute to the famous “winning basketball” dear to American analysts …

Bulls fans must therefore hope that Lonzo Ball, Nikola Vucevic and the few other seasoned defenders of the team hold the house behind, because DeRozan and LaVine are not references in the matter. This could also be the big problem for this intriguing and attractive team on paper, which will have to find how to defend properly.

DMDR, he can see in this statistic unveiled today a real source of motivation to get in tune on both sides of the field, and perhaps, why not, to reconnect with the status of All-Star once spring comes. . But one thing at a time.

DeMar DeRozan is not making his team win, the numbers are as clear as they are relentless. The good news is, it’s not too late to change all that.

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