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DeMar DeRozan's early season scoring explosion matches a Michael Jordan record

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DeMar DeRozan has been turning plenty of heads so far in the 2016-17 season as the Toronto Raptors guard leads the scoring charts ahead of the likes of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

The Compton-native has always been a competent scorer, but with little to no three-point shot to speak of, many believed it would be hard for him to ever consistently outscore his peers.

However, after producing an average of 34.1 points a night through eight games - six of which he has failed to knock down a three-pointer - DeRozan is riding high at the top of the charts.

In fact, his start has been so good that he has tied Michael Jordan for the best start through eight games ever.

DeRozan has seven 30-plus point outings in his first eight games with the Raptors' victory over the Hornets last night. The last player to do that? Michael Jordan during the 1986-87 season.

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That is some elite company for DeRozan to be rubbing shoulders with and after hitting 40 points twice against the Pistons and then the Wizards, the shooting guard appears to be in a groove like never before.

DeRozan re-signed with the Raptors to a five-year, $139 million contract in the summer and that is looking like money well spent at this juncture, all things considered.

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