DeMar DeRozan tweets out a congratulatory message to Fred VanVleet for scoring 54 points and breaking his previous record of 52 points.
After an abysmal start to their 2020-21 NBA campaign, the Toronto Raptors have found their footing this season as they have improved to a 9-12 record, just one game back from the 8th seed out East.
This is in large part due to the Raptors finding guys on their roster to step up when need be. Guys like OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher have come into their own this season to help carry the weight off Pascal Siakam and Lowry’s shoulders.
Fred VanVleet has gone under the radar this season made his presence known in perhaps the best way he could: by breaking DeMar DeRozan’s career high in points.
Fred VanVleet scores a career high in points and DeMar DeRozan is here for it
Fred VanVleet went off for a career high 54 points last night against the Orlando Magic. He is the first player to score 50+ points by draining 10+ shots from beyond the arc while maintaining 70/70% shooting percentages.
It is also the most scored by an undrafted player in NBA history. The efficient 54 point outing by VanVleet surpassed DeRozan’s career high of 52 points. He set that Raptors record back on New Year’s in 2018 against Giannis and the Bucks.
DeRozan could not be more supportive of his former Raptor teammate and tweeted out a congratulatory message directed towards. In the process of giving Freddy his props, DeMar hilariously roasted Kyle Lowry for not being able to step up to the plate and take down his career high himself.
Congrats to my brotha Freddy V! Kyle old ass couldn’t do it. Glad you did champ! Been telling you!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) February 3, 2021
This is all playful banter of course, as it is very well known that Lowry and DeRozan are as tight as two friends can be. VanVleet acknowledged DeRozan in his postgame interview as he said that he DeMar would text him whenever he got close to 50 points. So VanVleet definitely kept the Raptor great in his mind as he inched closer and closer to the Raptors franchise record.