Raptors all-star DeRozan makes USA Basketball cut

United States guard DeMar DeRozan controls the ball against Dominican Republic forward James Maye...

United States guard DeMar DeRozan controls the ball against Dominican Republic forward James Maye during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden on August 20, 2014. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

DeMar DeRozan's hard work keeps paying off.

The Raptors swingman was named to the favoured American squad late Friday for the upcoming World Cup of Basketball in Spain, capping the finest year of DeRozan's professional life.

In his fifth NBA season, DeRozan set career highs in scoring (22.7, 9th in the NBA), assists (14th in league for non-point guards), rebounding, steals, free throws made and minutes played (both, 4th overall) on the way to his first all-star berth.

DeRozan then raised his scoring average to 23.9 points per game in Toronto's seven-game playoff loss to Brooklyn.

The 25-year-old then played well when called upon for Team USA, consistently scoring the ball, including in a 13 point, six assist, five rebound game on Wednesday against the Dominican Republic.


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