Archive for July, 2011

Report Card Time: Jose


Jose is up next…

‘trane

A good leader for a young team, but still injury prone and a defensive liability. He’s shown a commitment to get better defensively, but he’s just not athletic enough to keep up with NBA players. Jose would make a great backup, but at his salary and minutes played, the Raps really need more from the position than Jose can give them.

Grade: C-

LX

Jose is a great player to have for 30 games of any season. The NBA season is just too long for those legs of his, and his game just drops off so dramatically when he’s not 100 percent.

Grade: C+

oneironaught

- a complete professional
- willing to accommodate youngins
- some monster assist games
- 4 point play
- better defensively (for a stretch)

It took 6 million dollars to fix Steve Austin. Jose has close to 20 million owed to him over the next two years. Taking inflation into account, I think Jose can afford the whole shebang.

Grade: C

fancylad

If we’re going on value alone, he’s pretty fucking awful. But if we’re grading him on actual play, then he ain’t that bad. Pretty good actually. More often than not he had the offense working really nicely.

Grade: C

Acie

A great guy, who showed a willingness to try and muck it up on D this year, but his shot failed him for most of the season and once again his body failed him. He’d look great on the Heat wouldn’t he?

Grade: C

INSIDER

Fuck you Michael Jordan!

Grade: C

RF Posters

The gang on the forum votes 56 percent in favor of a C, 30 percent in favor of a B, and 12 percent liking a D.

Report Card Time: Ed Davis


Ed Davis is up next.

‘trane

Missing the preseason and the first 17 games of the regular season was not a promising start, but Ed took the time he had to show that he belongs in the NBA. While his numbers are not spectacular, they don’t really tell the whole story. He showed flashes of excellent play - 17/11 vs Chicago, 22/13 vs New York come to mind - and became more consistent with the increased minutes. Davis finished the season averaging 13/9 over the final 11 games.

Grade: B+

LX

Ed can guard more than his own man without breaking a sweat. He gets in good positions on both ends of the court. You can see that he simply has good instincts, and even as a rookie that had to fight his way into the rotation after missing the early part of the season, he was just able to show that he can play ball without needing to over-think anything. He changed a lot of shots; he made a lot of shots. He provided a nice jumping-off point for next season and beyond.

Grade: A-

oneironaught

People fear change, which is why some Raptor fans vehemently opposed our 2010 lottery pick, Ed Davis. “But can he score?!”, questioned many. “What do you mean he’s not a threat offensively? What! Injury prone as well? Good grief!” Even coming off one of the worst defensive seasons in the history of the NBA, skeptics of picking a potential defensive stud let their collective voice be heard, “there’s a reason he fell in the draft”. Personally, I loved this pick from the get go. So much so, I refuse to credit Bryan Colangelo for it because it was the obvious choice. Literally, a no brainer. Even David Kahn would have got this one right. Kahn would have converted Davis into a PG, but I digress.

- blocks, changes shot
- physical man to man defender
- almost infallible finishing around the bucket
- jumper improving

Ladies and gentlemen, it took us five years or so to find an exciting young replacement for Vincent Lamar Carter. We found a replacement for Christopher Wesson Bosh before he even left.

Grade: A

fancylad

He’s fundamentally sound, can D up,has good inside game and looks tough. What’s not to like about him? Too bad he already wants out of Toronto. just kidding.

Grade: A

Acie

I absolutely love this guy. Too bad him and his dad hate Toronto so much. I wonder what mom thinks about it?

Grade: B+

INSIDER

whats new? a fantastic young player who will potentially be the best Raptor player in a few years, but will probably leave at the end of his contract.
hooray for us!!!

i predict a HUGE season next year, and an even better season the year after…. and so on…. until he dumps us and become the next hated ex-raps player.

Grade: A

RF Posters

On the forum, it looks like 76 percent say it’s a solid B, while 16 percent are ready to hand out an A.

Report Card Time: DeMar


School’s out, but those report cards can make or break the summer. The students of the game at RF will take a look at each player on the Raptors squad and offer their grades. We begin with DeMar DeRozan.

‘trane

A great year for Demar. He still has lots to improve on - defense is inconsistent and 3 point shooting is abysmal - but he is becoming a confident offensive weapon, capable of taking the last shot. His attitude also seems to be a big part of the camaraderie that has developed, especially amidst the negativity of a losing season. Demar’s growth has been a bright spot this year.

Grade: A

LX

He’s become increasingly consistent offensively, and without playing on an island. If he continues to improve, then he’s going to be able to help this team make a nice jump. With Ed and Amir I can see a core of players that can allow good team play to bring some wins as they all continue to develop and get stronger.

Grade: A-

oneironaught

As a rookie who was limited to a dribble or two off the bounce, shot the ball like he was trying to break the back board, and couldn’t finish in traffic despite being an athlete, I had low expectations for Demar’s sophomore campaign. But he certainly proved me wrong, and then some:

- handles, shot mechanics vastly improved.
- post game more diverse
- crafty in lane - dig that euro step
- doesn’t need the ball to contribute - utilizes screens well

Defensively though, there is much to be learned, young padawan. Namely, close outs.

I’ll wrap it up with a quote from the exalted George Costanza, who said, “it’s not a lie, if you believe it”. Despite contradicting general belief, Demar thinks he can be one of the best players in this league. If he persists in that belief, and the trend of doubling his point totals year in year out, he’ll prove the doubters wrong, all while averaging 1088 points or so by his 8th year.

Grade: A-

fancylad

He showed promise last season and has delivered on that promise this time around. well pretty much. You know what? Going by his age and pre-NBA experience i am going to say this was his real rookie year and with that in mind i think he was pretty damn awesome. The guy is totally reliable with that mid range jumper and he still has the best hops in the league. and because i still consider him a rookie (yeah i am kinda joking - but not really!) i won’t shit on him for his defense. That will naturally become better with experience especially for someone with his athleticism.

Grade: A

Acie

Although he’s still a long way away from reaching his full potential, he proved that hard work does really pay off and provided a glimmer of hope in what was otherwise a dismal season.

Grade: A

INSIDER

i have to admit, when we drafted him i never thought DD would be anything more than an athletic dime-a-dozen wing. i am happy to be eating my words.
DD grew in leaps and bounds this season and flourished in his second year. improving on all aspects of his game; his jumpshot, his D, his ballhandling…. he stepped up his entire game - and he doesnt look to be stopping.
His growth from year one to year two was fantastic, and was the complete opposite of his counterparts (Tyreke evans, etc) who suffered the sophomore curse and struggled.

DD is our brightest star and I am confident he will continue his upward trend for next year… 20/5/5 for 2012???? i dont see why not?

Grade: A

RF Posters

The early count shows 55 percent favor a B grade with 40 percent handing out an A.

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