It is fitting that the bucket came on a midrange shot, a little floater where he got a little help from Kyle Lowry to get free.
DeRozan has developed into an elite scorer over time — he is averaging 27.5 points per game this season, fourth best in the NBA — one of the few guys in the NBA to be trusted to take the majority of his shots from the midrange. His handles needed to get better back in the day, and he worked on it, now he’s a strong ball handler who can create for himself. He added a post up game. He’s become a better playmaker. He’s found a real chemistry with Kyle Lowry, and the two of them won a gold medal together in Rio playing for Team USA. Most of all, he’s learned to trust himself and that midrange shot to get him buckets efficiently.
DeRozan finished the game with 29 points and now has 10,290, besting Bosh’s 10,275. Third on the list? Vince Carter at 9,420, but what surprised me was Andrea Bargnani was fourth at 6581. Expect Lowry to catch and pass Bargnani next season.