Year 2 in the NBA has turned into a solid season for Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan.
He has improved his output, nearly doubling his scoring from his rookie season. He has shot the basketball well.
His defense has improved and his knowledge of the game has grown.
DeRozan, a standout in his one season at USC, is making strides to become a better NBA player.
"The experience is the main thing, just knowing what I have to do, what I'm expected to get from every player every night," DeRozan said. "I've just been able to learn from my first year and carry it over to my second year."
DeRozan was in town Friday night with the Raptors to face his hometown Lakers at Staples Center.
He left about 30 tickets for family and friends and did his best to perform for them.
DeRozan finished with 14 points on seven-for-18 shooting in Toronto's 108-103 loss.
He averaged 8.6 points on 49.8% shooting, and shot 25% from three-point range, last season.
Entering the game against the Lakers, DeRozan was second on the Raptors in scoring, averaging 15.8 points on 50% shooting, but only 25% (one for four) on three-pointers.