Don’t worry, we’re not the only ones who can’t believe what DeMar DeRozan does on a basketball court.
Face-to-face with DeRozan at Sunday’s All-Star Game, Luka Doncic asked his Team Durant teammate a very important question: “Did you ever miss a midrange shot?”
After Doncic had to repeat himself, DeRozan was humble enough to act like a midrange mortal and respond “sometimes.” But Doncic had trouble buying it.
Take a look:
Luka doesn't believe that DeMar has ever missed a midrange shot 😆 pic.twitter.com/xwIBEUkiaR
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) February 22, 2022
While I know the conversation was all in good fun, it still speaks volumes that Doncic – a player who sits just two spots below DeMar DeRozan in points per game – is this amazed by DeRozan’s shotmaking. But, hey, how could he not be?
The veteran is currently shooting a league-high 9.4 midrange attempts per game (the next closest is Brandon Ingram with 7.2), according to NBA Stats, and he’s converted those shots at a wild 50.2 percent clip. More than ever before opponents have seen how lethal DeRozan can be when he gets to this spot on the floor, as he averaged an absurd 37.6 points over his previous eight games before the All-Star break. Out of his 24.9 field goal attempts per game over this stretch, 11.9 have come from the midrange.