DeMar DeRozan, an experienced NBA player, has encountered different roles during his 14-season career. Now, as he prepares for his 15th season, a potential alteration may be looming.
In the previous season, with Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine sidelined, the Bulls heavily relied on DeRozan and his isolation strategies, commonly known as hero-ball.
However, this season, DeRozan may have to embrace a distinct role as a facilitator for a healthy LaVine and other young members of the team.
When asked about this prospective shift in role after their preseason finale against the Timberwolves, DeRozan initially downplayed its significance.
He stated, “No, not at all. For me, it’s simply a matter of adapting.”
Bulls coach Billy Donovan has stressed the importance of a well-balanced approach, with an emphasis on playing at a faster pace. This implies that DeRozan’s isolation-oriented style of play might be diminished.
“I believe there needs to be equilibrium,” Donovan explained. “DeMar, I enjoy collaborating with him because he always prioritizes the team. If we become overly reliant on isolation plays, our progress will ultimately be limited. We can employ specific plays for him in certain situations. However, we also need to push the tempo and involve other players.”
Donovan further accentuated the necessity for improved offensive efficiency, taking into account the impressive individual performances of DeRozan, LaVine, and Vučević last season in relation to the team’s overall offensive ranking.
“The statistics are rather significant. While these three individuals exhibited some of the highest offensive efficiency of their careers, we ranked 24th in offense. Our spacing must improve, and we ought to generate more offensive rebounds. It won’t solve everything, but DeMar comprehends the broader picture. He possesses the experience of playing in various systems, and his basketball IQ is exceptional. As he himself says, ‘I’ll find my way’.”
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