There aren’t many players in the NBA who have gotten off to better starts to the 2016-17 season than Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. In the Raptors’ win over the Pistons Wednesday night, DeRozan scored 40 points which is a franchise record for a season opener. Friday night in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals, DeRozan scored another 32 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, with two of his points coming at the expense of Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson.
It should be noted that the DeRozan’s outburst came in a losing effort, as the defending champion Cavs edged out the Raptors by the final score of 94-91. But through two games DeRozan has scored a total of 72 points, getting off to a quality start to the season as the Raptors look to build on a 2015-16 season that was the best in franchise history.