DeMar DeRozan has carved out a niche as a premier scorer in the league by zigging while the rest of the league zags. During his career he's averaged only 0.4 made threes per game on 28.6% shooting, taking only 9.6% of his shots from behind the arc. DeRozan is known for adding a new facet to his game every offseason, and over his last three games it's started to look like rounding out his offensive game and becoming a threat from deep may be this year's addition.
Through 28 games, DeRozan had tallied 17 made threes, or 0.6 per game. In his last 3 games, he's averaged 4.3 made threes:
After this recent binge, DeRozan is now taking a career high portion of his shots from three point range this season (16.2%), and is also making them at a career high rate (34.1%):
It should be no surprise then that DeRozan's currently sporting a career high True Shooting Percentage of 58.8% considering the efficiency bump he's received from his improvement from deep:
DeRozan is already one of the most consistent scorers in the NBA, but the knock on him has been that when defenses clamp down in the playoffs, the lanes he uses for his forays to the rim and the midrange clog up. If he can become a reliable threat from behind the arc, the Raptors may have to be taken seriously as a contender in the East. FiveThirtyEight's model already considers that to be the case, predicting them to finish first in the East at 58-24.