Young striker DeMar DeRozan has exercised his option as a player for the upcoming season and will stay at the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced.
“I’m back in San Antonio!” DeRozan said in a tweet sent by the team. “We look forward to the training camp and upgrading to the high level of play we showed in Orlando.”
DeMar has exercised his player option and is super for the 2020-21 season 💯 # GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/jD5O7xgTlc
– San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 17, 2020
The 31-year-old DeRozan continued his steady production last season, averaging 22.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 34.1
DeRozan’s perseverance throughout his career put him in thin air. He is just one of seven players in the NBA who have averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the last seven seasons. The others are LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and James Harden.
Despite the NBA’s growing aversion to the mid-range shot in recent years, DeRozan still uses mostly discarded areas with great effect. Over the past five seasons, he has averaged six points per game from midfield shots, the third highest in the NBA after teammates LaMarcus Aldridge and Carmelo Anthony.
DeRozan spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Toronto Raptors before being replaced by the Spurs in the Kawhi Leonard deal before the 2018-19 season. San Antonio’s record run of 22 consecutive appearances after the season was broken last season.
Selected No. 9 overall in the 2009 draft, DeRozan enters his 11th season in the NBA.