Though DeMar DeRozan is averaging a career-best and team-high 22.3 points per game this season, his assist numbers have been even more of a revelation.
Everybody knew DeRozan could score, he’s athletic, strong and efficient from mid-range, but he showed few signs of his facilitating capabilities heading into this year.
He’s averaging 3.8 assists a night, a 52% increase from his previous best of 2.5, set last season.
As a rookie, his assist percentage (an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted on while he was on the floor) was a dismal 4.9%. It rose to a still poor 8.6% the next year. Now, DeRozan’s assist percentage sits at 18.6%. The only swingmen who aren’t regularly primarily tasked with initiating an offence (ie. LeBron James, Tyreke Evans, Manu Ginobili, Lance Stephenson, James Harden) are Kevin Durant, Gordon Hayward and Nic Batum. The rest are combo guards.