The problem is, DeRozan is now with San Antonio. And he made a bold statement by notching his first career triple-double in his first meeting against the Raptors, with whom he spent his first nine NBA seasons. He had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the Spurs’ 125-107 victory, which also saw Kawhi Leonard return to San Antonio for the first time since the teams pulled off the blockbuster trade that landed the players at their respective locales.
“I told him it was about time,” coach Gregg Popovich said.
DeRozan became the first Spurs player to record a triple-double at home since 2003, when Tim Duncan accomplished the feat. DeRozan also became just the fourth Spur under Popovich to log a triple-double, joining Tony Parker, Pau Gasol and Duncan.
DeRozan is just the 13th player in Spurs history to produce a triple-double, and it marked the 43rd time that milestone had been reached in San Antonio franchise history.
DeRozan is just the fifth player in NBA history to post a triple-double in his first game against a former team, according to research from Elias Sports Bureau. DeRozan is the second player in NBA history with a 20-point triple-double in his first game against a former team, according to Elias, joining Guy Rodgers on Oct. 18, 1966, against the Golden State Warriors.