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DeMar DeRozan joins list of Hall of Fame stars with latest 30-point game

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DeMar DeRozan's superstar-level start to the season shows no signs of letting up. After last night's win over the New York Knicks, the Compton native has now scored over 30 points in eight of the nine games Toronto have played.

His 306 points so far put him in elite company. This is only the tenth time in recorded history that a player has scored in excess of 300 points in the first nine outings - and four of the five former players to achieve the feat are now in the Hall of Fame.

DeRozan's start, as the Raptors hold a 7-2 record, is the seventh-best beginning to a season points wise and puts him ahead of Rick Barry from 1974-75, Tiny Archibald in 1972-73 and level with World B. Free from 1979-80.

Michael Jordan dominates the list; his Airness recorded a whopping 347 points in 1986-87 and has the second-best total of 337 from 1988-89. 1989-90 saw the former Chicago Bull rack up 313, while in 1987-88 he had 307.

Barry (335 in 1966-67) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (317 in (1970-71) are the other two players ahead of DeRozan.

It remains to be seen if the shooting guard can sustain this form throughout the season and into the playoffs, where he struggled so badly earlier in the year despite Toronto making the conference finals.

But the Canadian franchise looks like a legitimate contender at the moment, and that is without Kyle Lowry finding his best form.

Detroit Pistons v Toronto Raptors

If Lowry can get his game to the elite level we saw in 2015-16, then the Raptors will be a real threat to Cleveland and the west.

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