Jeremy Lin hasn't been with the Raptors as long as some other players on the roster, but he has noticed DeMar DeRozan's influence on the franchise and the city of Toronto.
Shortly after Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the team's first championship, Lin took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the former Raptor. Lin said DeRozan's impact is "so obvious" and that he hopes he gets credit for "laying the foundation and paving the way."
"Having lived in Toronto last 4 months, Ive seen by far more @DeMar_DeRozan jerseys than anyone else," Lin tweeted. "Dont rly know Demar personally but the positive impact he had is so obvious. Hope he gets credit for laying the foundation and paving the way! #thankyouDemar"
Having lived in Toronto last 4 months, Ive seen by far more @DeMar_DeRozan jerseys than anyone else. Dont rly know Demar personally but the positive impact he had is so obvious. Hope he gets credit for laying the foundation and paving the way! #thankyouDemar- Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 14, 2019
DeRozan, of course, was included in last summer's blockbuster deal that brought Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors. The ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, DeRozan developed into a four-time All-Star and Toronto's all-time leading scorer during his nine years with the Raptors, leading them to five playoff appearances.
The Raptors, however, fell short of their goal in 2017 and 2018, losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round by way of a sweep in both years.
DeRozan recently told Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report that he felt as though he was "the sacrificial lamb" for Toronto's short-comings.
"Yes, I fought, I sacrificed, I pushed the limits to where I had to be the sacrificial lamb," he said. "You just have to sit back and understand that you are the reason that so many things [were] even possible."
Even though he wasn't a part of this team that won a championship, DeRozan's impact, as Lin explained, is obvious.