DeMar DeRozan has had a simply incredible start to the new season. After nine games, the shooting guard is leading the league in scoring with a career-high 34 points per night.
He has broken the 30 point barrier eight times, reaching 40 points twice and averaging a career-high 52.8% from the field, as the Toronto Raptors currently boast a 7-2 record.
Following the retirement of Kobe Bryant, NBA fans are looking for someone to step up and continue the lineage of superstar shooting guards - like the Black Mamba did with Michael Jordan in the early 2000s.
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DeRozan's form has come at the perfect time, and while it may be too early to put the Toronto star in that category - especially after his performances in the 2016 playoffs - he has certainly improved some aspects of his game over the summer.
The Olympics have been a huge plus for him, and DeRozan believes his 5:30 a.m. starts during the 'hardest' summer of his career are behind his strong start, you can see the effects of his workouts with Kobe.
DeRozan has displayed a devastating mid-range game and has added a side-step jumper that is reminiscent of Kobe in his prime. There are also elements of Jordan, and one fan has superimposed a video of MJ and DeRozan pulling off the same turnaround jump shot move. The similarity really is impressive.