DeMar DeRozan is an exceptional athlete with great athletic abilities. He can best be described as an athlete with great speed, a very good vertical jump, and explosiveness. His strength lies in his size, his ability to take a leading position, his powerful darkness, and his excellent performance.
Since he was selected by the Raptors in the 2009 draft, he has remained on the NBA team and has nearly nine years of experience in the game since his NBA debut on October 28, 2009. He plays as a shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors and wears the number 10 jersey.
DeMar DeRozan is a professional NBA player who was born as DeMar Darnell DeRozan on August 7, 1989, in Compton, California, and is of American nationality after American. The parents of DeMar DeRozan are Frank and Diane DeRozan. He has an older brother named Jermaine DeRozan who is a basketball coach.
Before DeRozan went pro, he played basketball at the high school and college levels. He was so good at both levels that he earned numerous awards, for example, he was named to the consecutive first team in the All-Moore League in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he has named to the Los Angeles Times the first team. In 2008, DeMar was inducted into the All-State team and has received many other awards.
During his early career, he played for the Compton High School basketball team. He led his high school team to the successive Moore League championships. He won the Moore League MVP.
His effective play for his high school team made him a sought-after player for several college basketball teams. He received scholarships to play for the states of Arizona, North Carolina, and USC, but eventually decided to play for the University of Southern California basketball team, The Trojans. His first game for the team was remarkable: With 21 points and 7 rebounds in a friendly match against Azusa Pacific, he scored a team-high of 21 points. The game ended at 85:64 in favor of The Trojans.
At the end of a successful 2008/2009 season with the Trojans, DeMar made the decision to quit college and college basketball after only one year. He made the decision to leave college to go pro and also to pay his mother’s medical bills as she was ill at the time.
His ambition to go pro got a big boost after he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors as the ninth pick in the first round and ninth in the overall draft in 2009.
His first NBA debut for the Raptors was on October 28, 2009, against a LeBron James inspired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors finished the game as winners and won by a margin of 10 points in the game, which scored 192 points between the two teams. Of the 101 points the Raptors finished the game, DeRozan scored 8 points and also received 5 rebounds.
On February 16, 2014, DeRozan participated in an All-Star game for the first time and earned his place as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. In this game, he played for a quarter of an hour, scored 8 points, 3 rebounds, and finished with 2 assists.
In the same year that he had his first appearance in the All-Star game, he was called up alongside other players to represent Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Spain. The team won a gold medal at the World Championship.
In 2016, he was invited as a member of Team USA to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The team won a gold medal at the summer event. He continued his successful career with the Raptors until July 18, 2018, when he was transferred to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.
Since his NBA debut, DeMar DeRozan has played only for the Toronto Raptors and has achieved a lot for himself. He has been named to the NBA All-Star Team on four occasions, in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. On three occasions – April 2015, January 2016, and January 2018 – he was named Player of the Month in the NBA Eastern Conference. On several occasions, he was named Player of the Week of the Eastern Conference, among other recognitions.
Wife (Kiara Morrison) Girlfriend
DeMar DeRozan is not yet married, but he is engaged to Kiara Morrison, who is half Filipino and half American. She was born on January 18, 1988. Her father, Keith Morrison, was a former basketball player who played for Alaska Milkmen (now known as Alaska Aces) in the Philippine Basketball Federation.
Kiara is a big basketball fan, you can see her in the stands cheering for her husband when he does what he does best on the court. The couple first met at USC when DeMar played college basketball for the Trojans.
The ballplayer has two daughters with his girlfriend Kiara Morrison. Their first child, Diar, was born in 2013, and their second child, Mari, was born in 2016, shortly after DeRozan won gold with Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It is common that every basketball player is exceptionally tall. DeMar is no exception, he is 201 cm (6ft 7in) tall and his body weight is 98 kg.
Highlights of DeMar DeRozan’s career so far include:
- He scored 52 points in a single game against Milwaukee Bucks on January 1, 2018.
- 4 blocks against the Sacramento Kings on December 5, 2012.
- His career steals in a single game stand at 6, against the Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors on October 29, 2014, and October 25, 2017, respectively.
- The highest assist of his career in a single game stands at 12, and he received it on February 1, 2014, against the Portland Trail Blazers.
- His highest rebounds in a single game are 13, both against the Boston Celtics on January 10, 2017, and the Washington Wizards on March 3, 2017.