The stretching of DeMar DeRozan

It’s coming slowly and in fits, but the Raptors are working DeRozan in as a pick-and-roll ball-handler — and the second-year guard is growing as a passer. He’s averaging 1.9 assists per 36 minutes, up from 1.1 last season, and though that’s not much, DeRozan will give the Raptors three or four assists twice a week now.

DeRozan as a multi-faceted wing represents hope in Toronto. And these fans need hope.