Apr 5, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes up for a shot over Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour (13) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

DeMar DeRozan Working On 3-Point Shot In Offseason

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is not sitting still and relaxing during the offseason. Instead, the 23-year-old is addressing one of the biggest weaknesses of his game – the 3-point shot.

DeRozan appears the same but his off-season work was all about developing some consistency from three-point range. Bulking up or down wasn’t on the agenda.

(via Toronto Sun)

DeRozan has always been a lethal slasher and thrives on his ability to get to the rim, but he is also a big fan of the mid-range shot. Rather than opting to settle for inefficient looks, it seems that DeRozan is determined to become a threat from beyond the arc.

In his four years with Toronto, DeMar has shot the 3-ball at a 23.9% rate. If he was ever to get into the mid-thirties in terms of percentage, he could be one of the better offensive players in the league.

Another reason why developing range is crucial for DeRozan is the fact that with Rudy Gay around it felt almost as though the Raptors had the same player in Gay an DeRozan. If DeMar could knock down long-range shots he could become more effective off the ball which whould help the Raptors’ offense tremendously.

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  • ThaRealRec1ne

    why… he needs some handles first. he needs more moves to drive to the basket or create some shot space. he showed lots difficulty last season when put into an isolation. He tends to resort to a he would resort to a spin or poor fadaway shot after his first or second dribble was gaurded well. he has the quickness and athleticsm already. he just needs to develop a better one on one game and then progress to a outside shot.

    • johng_3

      No..he needs a better three point shoot. You could see at the end of the season, he was shooting it better and he was on effective off those screens. If he develops a deeper shot, defenders will tighten up on him and he will just drive right past them easier. It just gives him more options

  • Jack Andrews

    Improve the 3 and the handles and he becomes incredibly dangerous offensively. I remember a few times when he cradled the ball like a running back driving the hole, looked good and worked… maybe do it more?