DeMar DeRozan Isn’t Happy With SI’s “Top 100 Players Of 2017” List

Sports Illustrated released their always controversial “Top 100 Players Of The Year” list and as expected, many fans and a few players weren’t too happy with the list that Derrick Rose didn’t even make. One of those players was 2 x NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan. After seeing his name at the #46 spot with the following criticism, he tweeted out, “FOH” and “#ProveEm…”

Even DeRozan’s harshest critics—the ones who rightfully point to his poor shot distribution, rough efficiency numbers, shaky three-point stroke and forgettable defense—must acknowledge that DeRozan (23.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4 APG) took his non-shooting approach to the shooting guard position about as far as it can go last season. How long will it take for the other shoe to drop? DeRozan, 27, has logged massive minutes for six straight seasons, he hasn’t made much progress extending his range, and he’s had the benefit of playing in the glow created by Kyle Lowry. DeRozan’s defensive work has really gone in the tank too: last year, Synergy Sports ranked him in the 21st percentile overall as a defender, Defensive Real Plus Minus ranked him No. 78 among shooting guards, and Toronto’s defensive rating improved by nearly six points when he was off the court. For now, DeRozan’s elite ability to get to the foul line and his strong fit with Lowry should keep this honeymoon going. Unfortunately for DeRozan, the margin between “Best season ever!” and “Big step backwards” looks pretty thin.

Here’s how the winningest player in Raptors history, with a new 5-year, $139 million contract ranks against a few other players on the list.

  • C.J. McCollum (50)
  • Khris Middleton (39)
  • Dwyane Wade (32)
  • Klay Thompson (19)
  • Jimmy Butler (16)
  • Kyle Lowry (14)
  • Kawhi Leonard (6)