Coming out of the University of Southern California, DeMar DeRozan was on everybody’s radar.
The Compton native was a star before entering the league. DeRozan was a member of the McDonald’s All-American Team in 2008 and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and picked as Pac-10 Tournament MVP in his first and only season with the USC Trojans. The number nine overall pick from the 2009 draft was meant to be special.
After nine years with the Toronto Raptors, DeRozan was renown as a killer with the ball in his hands. Although the shooting guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs over the summer, DeRozan is thriving under Coach Popovich.
Aside from all of his accolades, DeRozan is one of the few players in the league that has been blessed to some exclusive heat that derives from Kobe Bryant’s signature line, including his very own Nike Kobe 1 Protro PE.
Take a look at some of the heat that DeRozan has rocked as a member of the Spurs this season below.
Nike Kobe 11 “Peach Jam”
+ The Kobe 11 went back to its low-top aesthetic after the Kobe 9 and 10 went through a high-top phase
+ The “Peach Jam” colorway of the Kobe 11 was an exclusive for the EYBL tournament that highlights the best talent amongst high school hoopers
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “81 Points”
+ DeRozan has heavily rocked the Kobe signature line as he’s a proven shooter that embodied that Mamba Mentality to the fullest
+ The iconic Nike Kobe 1 Protro “81 Points” celebrates the historic milestone and will see a rerelease soon which you can read more about here
Nike Kobe 8 “Prelude”
+ The Kobe “Prelude Pack” saw the first through eight models of the Kobe line come back in a distinct set of colorways
+ DeRozan dropped 21 points and 5 rebounds over the Chicago Bulls in this shoe
Nike Kobe 9 Elite High “BHM”
+ The Nike Kobe 9 Elite High is composed of Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon as Nike pushed more tech onto the Kobe signature line
+ The “BHM” collection from 2015 featured the Kobe 9 Elite High, the Kyrie 1, the KD 7 and the LeBron 12
Nike Kobe 11 “Quai 54”
+ Nike’s partnership with the Quai 54 basketball tournament in Paris celebrates the worldwide love for the game of basketball
+ DeRozan recorded 20 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in a win over the Golden State Warriors