Countdown to NBA 2019: Most Valuable Player Candidates, #23

Our countdown to the NBA season continues as we take a look at another MVP candidate. This time around, we travel down to Texas where a resident shot-creator leads a 2-headed monster for the Spurs.

#23 DeMar DeRozan

Shooting Guard/Small Forward, San Antonio Spurs

DeMar DeRozan is a 2x All-NBA player and 4x All-Star over his 10-year NBA career. Last season was the first for DeRozan as a member of the Spurs after a league altering trade saw him and Kawhi Leonard change teams for one another. DeRozan was his usual self even though he was on a new team, averaging north of 20 points a game and career highs in both assists and rebounds. Going into his 11th NBA season, DeRozan is still evolving his game but one facet still plagues him: the 3-point shot. DeRozan is a career 28.3% 3-point shooter and even saw his percentage drop last season as he shot 15.6% from long-range as a member of the Spurs. This is less than ideal for a player that spends a lot of his time around the perimeter. Thankfully for DeRozan, throughout his career, he excels at getting to and scoring in the paint. Sadly, his PER placed him at 50th in the NBA last season at 19.61 (league average is 15.00), behind a variety of bench caliber players. But, his offensive ability will still look good in the eyes of MVP voters this season.

DeRozan is currently at +10000 (Bovada) to win the NBA MVP award. Do you think DeRozan will win the MVP? Let me know in the comments below!

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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