DeMar DeRozan's final game of the 2011-2012 season was seen from the bench.

DeRozan came down with a sprained ankle sometime between the morning shootaround and game time.

Whether thE injury was in response to the sudden rash of injuries that left the New Jersey Nets with just eight players available for the season finale, no one would say for sure, but it wasn't a stretch to say the former influenced the latter.

In any event, DeRozan's season ends with a scoring average of 16.7 points per game, in a team high 35 minutes a game. That's actually down half a point a game from last season. Even so DeRozan, and more importantly the coaching staff and management, have seen plenty of progress from a season ago.

Head coach Dwane Casey has seen DeRozan's biggest strides made in the absence of Andrea Bargnani and more recently Calderon.

DeRozan addressed the specific improvements he feels he has made.

"This year I gained more comfort on the defensive end, especially learning the defence, the zone we played, the man-to-man, the team defence, just getting more comfortable, getting better at every aspect of my game every day," DeRozan said.