DeMar DeRozan has grown accustomed to individuals underestimating him and his Toronto Raptors, therefore his motto, “Show ’em.” And it is extra of the identical forward of the upcoming season.

Following the Raptors’ second straight 50-win marketing campaign, ESPN is projecting the NBA’s lone Canadian membership to fifth within the Japanese Convention with forty three wins in 2017-18.

DeRozan does not agree with that in any respect, suggesting in a remark that the sports activities-media big must get outta right here with the notion that the Raps have fallen off that a lot.

Toronto has made 4 consecutive playoff appearances, advancing as deep because the East finals in 2015-sixteen. The workforce retained All-Star Kyle Lowry and commerce-deadline acquisition Serge Ibaka this summer time, however misplaced key rotation gamers P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson in free company. In the meantime, some convention rivals possible improved, such because the Boston Celtics who gained the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes.

DeRozan wasn’t the one participant who took exception to the rankings. His USA Basketball teammate DeMarcus Cousins commented on the submit with a sleeping emoji, presumably to say ESPN is sleeping on his New Orleans Pelicans, who’re projected to barely miss the playoffs with forty four.2 victories.