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DeMarre Carroll hopes to see DeMar DeRozan improve his three-point shooting

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (right) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer in the first half.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (right) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer in the first half.

DeMar DeRozan averaged 20.1 points per game for the Raptors last season, but did so about as inefficiently as possible.

DeRozan shot a career-low 41.3 percent from the field, which included a mark of just 28.4 percent from three-point distance.

DeMarre Carroll was the team's big offseason acquisition, and he managed to incorporate the three-point shot into his offensive game, which only made him more valuable while on the court locking up opponents with his above-average defense. Carroll hopes DeRozan can similarly improve his long distance shooting, because it would make the Raptors as a team that much stronger.

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"Kyle Korver told me the three-point shot is just more repetition. The more you shoot it, the better you'll get at it. I feel like if DeMar will keep working on it, it will eventually come," Carroll said, in an interview with The Toronto Sun.

"I'm pretty sure there's a lot of other things he worked on in his game and he's a dominant offensive player (already)," Carroll said. "So I think if he adds that three-point to his game it'll take us over the top."

Last year was a step back for DeRozan; injuries limited him to just 60 regular season appearances, and he failed to repeat as an All-Star. He looked great at The Drew League this summer, so perhaps he can carry that momentum over to the NBA season.

(h/t: The Toronto Sun)