Demar DeRozan continued his momentum heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. The fifth year player scored 21 points and added five rebounds in just 28 minutes, in the Toronto Raptors‘ preseason win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
DeRozan, who averaged a career high 18.1 points last season, is now looking to elevate his game to All-Star status by surpassing the 20 points per game mark.
Other areas including rebounds and assists are also on the radar for improvement, especially if he is to be recognized as an all-round player.
As the Raptors demolished the Grizzlies 108-72 on Wednesday night, Jonas Valanciunas did what he does best; 10 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes is a sign of things to come.
The sophomore will be looking to tally up the double-doubles this year and become the anchor at the heart of the Raptors’ defense.
Watching the success former Raptor Roy Hibbert has had with the Indiana Pacers, the Raptors organization has lofty expectations for the Lithuanian giant.
With the win, Toronto improved to 6-1 this preseason. With just five days until their opening regular season fixture against the Boston Celtics, the team is carrying a wealth of momentum.
What effect the impressive record will have once the regular season starts is an interesting question. With eight of their first 10 games coming against playoff teams from a year ago, the momentum can only be a positive thing.
Next up for the Raptors is a match up against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks of course knocked off the Raptors in the chase for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference last year, so they will be out for some early revenge.