Well, Colangelo is at it again, making another move that looks like it has good sense written all over it, only having to give up second round picks in 2009 and 2011 for Delfino from the Pistons.
Delfino is coming off a career year, although his career has been pretty short so far, so I say that with a grain of salt. What should be remembered here is that his minutes have been limited in Detroit, but when he has played, he has been a solid contributor.
The good thing about Delfino is that he has played in big games before. He was a member of the 2004 gold medal Argentine team and has played in the Euroleague finals. Not to mention all of the experience he gained in Detroit with the Pistons (24 playoff games), Delfino looks like a guy ready to explode given the right situation.
So that brings us to the Raptors. Colangelo says he thinks Delfino will fit well with the Raptors system, which I think he will too. He can get up and down the court, hardly turns the ball over and has good court vision. The question is, when the Raptors have Ford, Calderon, Parker, MoPete, Jackson and D-Mart, where’s the room? Obviously, we can probably move MoPete and D-Mart out of the equation. So that leaves Ford, Calderon, Parker and Jackson. Ford and Calderon will be the PGs, with Delfino only moving in there when there is some sort of injury. So now we have Parker and Jackson. Luke has a good stroke, but I’ll give the athleticism to Delfino and that’s what Colangelo always likes, so I’ll give the force to Carlos on that one.
That being said, there are now a lot of guys in the Raptor backcourt, which makes me think that there will be some other Raptor moves coming up very soon. Whether they are big or small, it is good to see that Colangelo wasn’t put to sleep by the Spurs-Cavs final and jumped on a good opportunity.
Welcome to Toronto, Carlos.