Derozan, Raptors learning on the fly

Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion battles for a loose ball with Toronto Raptors shooting...

Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion battles for a loose ball with Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan during the game at American Airlines Center on Dec 20, 2013 in Dallas, TX, USA. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

Youth brings excitement, unbridled athleticism and infectious energy.

But matched against veteran savvy and know-how, the playing floor isn’t just levelled, it tilts definitively in the way of the older, wiser generation.

The Toronto Raptors since probably the early to mid 2000’s have been high on the former and shy on the latter.

Consider DeMar DeRozan; who has he had to mentor him in the ways of the NBA? A couple of seasons ago they tried to bring in some experience in the form of Rasual Butler and Anthony Carter, but neither was able to be on the floor.

The same went for Jamaal Magloire, a willing teacher but not being on the floor enough to make the lessons count.

Unlike Vince Carter, who had Charles Oakley, Dee Brown, Kevin Willis and any number of grizzled old vets who were still very much in the game, guys like DeRozan have for the most part been left to learn by trial and error. It’s certainly not the most efficient way to groom your future star.


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