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Report Card Time: Linas

‘trane

Injured for the majority of the season. He had plenty of decent games for the raps early on, but struggled from the outside and couldn?t really play much PF because of our logjam at that position. He might have been our best post player at one point, but we never really used him that way. He?ll be out of commission for a good chunk of next year as well, so he?s really earning that big contract.

Grade: Incomplete

LX

I never got a good sense of what his role was, outside of that it was meant to expand on any role he had in the past, at least at the NBA level. And he never looked entirely comfortable, which took away from some of his natural strengths such as facilitating and shooting from long range. It’s possible that he’s simply a bad fit, and with him needing to sit with an injury for a good chunk of next season, it’s going to be hard for him to find his proper place on this team.

Grade: Incomplete

oneironaught

My expectations were too high. And so were Kleiza’s. His year in Europe inflated his ego to solid contributor status, when in fact, he’s a role player. When healthy, just stand in the corner on offense, and for the love of god, do not, DO NOT dribble the ball.

Grade: D

fancylad

he looked REALLY good in preseason. and then the games starting to count….
Hopefully he gets back to 100% within the next 2 years (frankly i don’t care about next season) and hopefully a healthy Linas can improve our team. It was obvious that an unhealthy one could not.

Grade: Incomplete

Acie

who?

Grade: Incomplete

INSIDER

Mr Butter fingers…
margerine hands….
Mr Turnover….
Mr Lube….
Gurk, before a late night internet porn session…

the only thing i remember from him is that his hands are greasier than Carlos Delfino’s hair.

Grade: D-

RF POSTERS

20% give him an A, and about the same amount give him a D, with 45% handing him a C

Report Card Time: Julian

‘trane

Could possibly be a good role player on a playoff team, but turned out to be a bad bench warmer with the Raps. Add to that the insult of refusing to enter a game, and JuJu was pretty disappointing.

Grade: D-

LX

I liked his defense, and his instincts as something of a point forward at times. And then as he earned more minutes his effectiveness on both ends suffered. He was probably another player that wasn’t helped by trying to take on a bigger role.

Grade: D-

oneironaught

Has some tools, as evidenced by his ability to play the point forward… kind of. Capable defender. Didn’t leave much of an impression on me though. Most memorable moment came when he apparently refused to enter a game. Pardon me while I yawn. He’ll be an afterthought in Raptor’s lore.

Grade: D

fancylad

D. as in D league.

Give me back Marco Belinelli

Grade: D

Acie

Fools gold. There’s a reason why he hasn’t received consistent minutes to date on the two teams he’s been on.

Grade: C-

INSIDER

there were a few games this season where he came out on fire…. showed fantastic D, hustle, and passion….. then he’d get burried on the bench again and we’d forget all about him.

he’s a forgetable player who offers a few flashes of stellar play once every 20 games…. then he fades away and you forget he’s around.

funny enough, if we werent doing these report cards, i would have forgot he was on the team.

Grade: grade? for who?

RF POSTERS

How’s this for a wide range of opinions? 19% -B, 33% -C, 24% -D, 10% -E, and 14% F

Report Card Time: James

‘trane

Picked up in late February after getting limited minutes on the Bulls, so his stats are skewed lower than his production in Toronto. Well worth a late first rounder, and I hope he can continue to develop. Not the most consistent player, but gave us really good backup SF that could contribute in several ways. Too bad we didn?t have a #1 option.

Grade: B-

LX

I like him best as a guy that can rebound from the SF position and create a little bit. He could be a really nice fit in a good defensive system. He could be an important piece of the puzzle, either as a starter or a bench player, as long as he’s not asked to do too much. He could really benefit from defensive upgrades and a clear sense of direction from the team on offense. He showed some ability to lead, and be a bit of a glue guy on both ends, but too often needed to overcompensate for too many deficiencies.

Grade: B

oneironaught

Probably better than anybody we could’ve nabbed with the Heat’s late first rounder. Jack of all trades offensively, physical defender. Even though he’s already 24, I think he has some room to improve, considering he’s only played about half a season during his two years in the league.

Grade: B

fancylad

yeah… i don’t really know. By the time he came here i pretty much stopped watching the team. I saw him have a couple good games though.

Grade: B

Acie

I loved what we saw in his limited time with the Raps. His ability to rebound, defend, block shots, handle the ball and create at the wing was refreshing. If he can develop a little range on his shot and cut down on the careless turnovers, he could be a keeper. It’s also nice knowing that the Raps have a guy that at any given moment could go all kung fu and take on the entire opposing team all by himself.

Grade: B

INSIDER

great trade for us…
JJ was a big boost late in the season for the Raps, and really gave the fans something sweet to end a sour season with.
He has the ability to evolve into a fantastic energy guy who can make a big impact on the game… but will need some time to develop - good thing he’s young and cheap!

Grade: B

RF Posters

10% give JJ an A, 70% offer a B, and 20% send him home with a C

Report Card Time: Reg-gie

‘trane

Started off the season convincing many of the members on this board (myself included) that we had a team that could be more competitive this year. An absolute monster of a rebounder and the kind of guy that infects the whole team with defensive energy. But another long-term injury put him out of commission, and the only silver lining was that Ed Davis got more minutes. I hope we can keep him at a much lower price.

Grade: Incomplete but I?ll give him a B+ on the 30 games for completely changing the dynamic of the team.

LX

Reggie could be very valuable as a guy that changes the momentum of a game. He needs to be the guy that can be counted on in short spurts. As good as he played with big minutes, I just don’t think he’s a guy that gets starter’s minutes on a good team. I love what he does for chemistry, and as something of an extension of the coach. I think he would be great to have around to help with Ed Davis’ development.

Grade: B

oneironaught

I relate to his candy fetish… and he rebounds well for a guy his size. An army of Reggies could have conquered Stalingrad, but would struggle to run a fluid lay up line.

Grade: C+

fancylad

You know when Reggie Evans is a key part of the rotation and logging heavy minutes, your team is in TROUBLE. The guy had some good moments this past year and he was a beast on the boards, but honestly that’s not enough when you can’t hit the broad side of a barn. The space defenders gave him when he had the ball on offense tells you everything you need to know. It’s funny how he’s Bargnani’s exact opposite, but when you need two guys to be essentially 1 really good player, you are playing a man down.

Grade: C+

Acie

How can anyone not like this guy? At times he appears as though he would be willing to sacrifice his life just to secure a loose ball. I’d love to see him back, but at what price and at at what cost to our young emerging PF’s? He also seems cursed with a high propensity for injury since coming to Toronto. Actually, I really hope Reggie gets the chance to play for a contender.

Grade: B

INSIDER

he was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dreary season.
we started off the season great! and then he injured his leg and we fell flat on our faces!
imagine that, we were in contention for 2 weeks and then Reggie got hurt and we fell off the map… seriously, Reggie.
our season revolved around Reggie’s health! hahahahaha! Reggie!

we stink and made Reggie Evans look like a beast.

Grade: B-

RF POSTERS

32% of the forum offer Reggie an A, 45% give him a B, and 14% make it a C

Report Card Time: Sonny Weems

‘trane

I almost left this comment as simply ?meh?, but since it?s a contract year, he deserves more than that. Sonny had a great first season with the raps, and perhaps increased expectations more than they should have been. He can be a nice role player, but he had too much responsibility this year and couldn?t keep things consistent on either end of the floor. I hope he?s realistic with his contract demands if and when he comes back to the NBA because he could be a part of a growing team. He could really use a mentor.

Grade: C

LX

Just another victim of the mish-mash of a roster that could not sustain any proper identity. Add to that the desire to play his way into a nice contract, along with a bad back, and bad results are almost assured. It will be interesting to see where his head is at going forward, whether he is still here or somewhere else.

Grade: C-

oneironaught

If focused and unselfish, he could end up being a marginally good bench player, providing offense in doses and defense at the wing. But, unfortunately, he plays with a sense of gross entitlement. Bring him back if the price is right, or replace him with the Ford Taurus he refused to pay off.

Grade: C

fancylad

You can’t blame him for not being that good. I don’t think he had a good meal all season what with his lowly income. You can’t play good basketball when you’re hungry and malnourished.

Grade: C-

Acie

Remember when people argued he was more talented than DeMar?

Grade: C

INSIDER

who gave him the nickname “money”?
because he is so far from being “money”…. (it mustv’e been Devlin)
in fact, he may be the lowest paid raptor player if he signs that offer sheet for a cool mil.
i say we call him Clarence from here on out.

Clarence needs to learn how to just play, not force anything and let the game come to him. maybe then Clarence will be a productive 8th man off the bench instead of being an erratic, inconsistant chucker.
right now, he’s only here to keep DD happy.

Grade: D

RF POSTERS

There’s a couple votes for an A, a couple for a B, a couple for an E, one for an F and the bulk of the votes settling in on a C at 42%, or a D at 30%

Report Card Time: Leandro

‘trane

Missed 24 games due to injury, and perhaps should have had surgery at the beginning of the season. Although he can still score in bunches and did win us a few games, he went 1 on 5 as the primary offensive option far too often, and provided little else. Seems like a great locker room guy, but I think he was a negative impact on the on-court development of our young team.

Grade: C-

LX

Leandro was the most talented player in a Raptors uniform on some nights. And that says a lot about the roster. When you have specialists like Barbosa and Reggie Evans taking on key roles instead of supplementing what is there, then it’s just too hard to build on any success. It’s time for a more balanced roster to come together and fail or succeed on it’s own merits as the team continues to develop, and it’s hard to see where Barbosa fits going forward.

Grade: C

oneironaught

A nice piece on the wrong team. Without any kind of pecking order, or discipline, he had his fun - too much fun. Thought he could at least spell some time at the point, but really, it just gave him more of an excuse to play one on five. I think if he were healthy, he’d try to score on both baskets.

Grade: C-

fancylad

The guy has no idea how to play off his teammates and how to make this team better. When you go 1 on 5 you have to be pretty good to actually pull off some plays… and Leandro actually pulled off some amazing plays. Too bad he was also the king of not passing for an easier shot, taking horrid 3’s and just not being able to mix well into the team at all. The fact that he’s always getting hurt doesn’t help his cause either.

Grade: C

Acie

Not a fan of his game at all. He’d be a great piece off the bench on a centending team.

Grade: C

INSIDER

he averaged 2.1 assists per game?
really?
i dont remember this guy ever passing the ball.

on a good team, he’d be an impact player… but on a shit team, he’s just a waste of talent and his production is invisible.

he’s our biggest trade filler this offseason, i’d be surprised to see him in a Raps uni next year.

Grade: B-

RF POSTERS

2 dudes give him an A, 3 dudes give him a D, 53% offer a B, and 30% make it a C

Report Card Time: Amir

‘trane

Amir had nagging injuries in the 2nd half of the season, but still managed to put together a decent year. He shot a high percentage and had a number of very impressive games. The mid-range jumper he developed over the offseason expanded his game, creating space and forcing defenders to leave the paint to guard him. He needs to get more consistent, and if he can do that he could give us a similar presence to what Antonio Davis once did.

Grade: B-

LX

I really enjoyed seeing Amir’s development. He plays smart, tough basketball, and with his defense improving he could become a really nice glue guy in the future.

Grade: B

oneironaught

Amir’s energy has stood out since he was acquired before last season. But now that he’s expanded his game, he’s more than an energy guy. He’s rounding into a functional two way player. I know the coaching staff is regularly bashed, but I think somebody deserves a special mention, particularly regarding Amir. And that’s Alex English. He’s helped transform Amir into a decent mid-range threat. That being said, it takes two, and Amir’s work ethic and willingness to evaluate and rectify his weaknesses is commendable, especially considering he just got paid. Clearly he loves the game, or else he wouldn’t play through back and ankle problems for a major part of the campaign, again, especially considering he just got paid. Game winning free throws versus the Celts and the game winning bucket versus the Thunder were terrific moments for him.

Grade: B+

fancylad

Full marks for him bringing his game up a notch from the year before. I’d still like to see it go up one notch more though. Hey one really cool thing about Amir is that he is a proud Torontonian. And he’s a pretty good basketball player too.

Grade: B

Acie

The guy is a warrior. A 6′10 Alvin Williams if you will.

Uh oh.

Grade: B+

INSIDER

probably my favorite Raptor of the entire 2010-11 season.
he played hard, and really seemed to improve as the season went on. He started off as a fouling machine that could only grab rebs and hustle… but by the end of the year he developed into a legitimate PF who could go off for a double/double any given game.
Going forward, i think having Amir as our sixth man/big man fill-in will be a huge positive for this team. He’s a great role guy who is young and has potential to be very solid for years to come.

Grade: B

RF Posters

58% give him a B and 32% say A is for Amir

Report Card Time: Jerryd Bayless

‘trane

There was at least one solid move by Colangelo this year. Swapping out Jarret for Jerryd gave us a low-risk, high reward opportunity with a young player who is still on a rookie deal. He showed great play in extended starter minutes towards the end of the season, but he needs to make better decisions with the ball. Is he a future starter, or a streaky 6th man? Is he a 1 or an undersized 2? Time will tell.

Grade: B-

LX

What jumped out at me about Bayless, was his ability to impose his will on a game, and to lead under some difficult circumstances. I will be very interested to see how he could fill a more consistently, well-defined role. In my mind he could fill Barbosa’s shoes as a combo guard coming off the bench. It would be nice to see him settle into something on a more permanent basis, as his game was up and down to coincide with being expected to do so many different things this season.

Grade: B-

oneironaught

- good numbers as a starter
- big time shot making in crunch
- played through injuries
- can break down and blow by his man
- attacks the rim, sometimes too aggressively
- plays with fire, on both ends

Needs to learn how to play at different speeds. Probe defenses, instead of just darting to the rim and chucking from his hip. Also needs to shave his head. All in all, a seemingly fruitful acquisition.

Grade: C+

Acie

A very talented player, who doesn’t put up with any shit and plays with passion. If he can develop a better feel for the PG position, we’ve got ourselves a keeper folks.

Grade: C

INSIDER

i’ve always been a fan of Jerryd, and thought he was wasting away on the Portland bench in his first 2 years… I always thought that this kid - on a shit team - would explode and put up huge numbers. therefore, i was a bit underwhelmed with his showing as a Raptor when he had the minutes to show his worth.
dont get me wrong, im happy he’s a raptor and hope he’ll be one for a long time, I just thought he would have made a bigger impact this season, but ended up being just barely average.

i like his passion and his fire, but he’s still very inconsistant and every game he goes through a spell where he loses control and becomes a turnover machine.
I think that with experience and time, Jerryd can blossom into a fantastic player… but for now he’s just a back up.
If theres one raptor im rooting for to become a star its him… i really hope he works hard this offseason.

Grade: C+

RF Posters

44% say give him a B, and 44% percent say give him a C

Report Card Time: Andrea

‘trane

The enigma continues to frustrate raptorsnation. At times a dominant offensive talent, he spends most of the time checked out and completely unfocused. No help defense, poor rotations, lackluster rebounding, slow to react - he has shown little of the drive that endears Toronto sports fans. Has Andrea answered the question of whether he’ll ever be able to improve in these areas with a resounding ‘no’, or is he still just a 25 year old that is taking longer to develop the mental part of his game? I can’t help but wonder if there are a few gm’s out there that might want to take that gamble.

Grade: D+

LX

Andrea had a handful of really nice games this season. Like maybe three. Other than that he usually had stretches of taking too many bad shots and being a spectator on the defensive end. He’s not getting better, and he shows no interest in being held to account or holding himself to account when he points to his inconsistent offensive prowess as an achievement, and downplays defensive issues as something that the team and the coaching need to solve as much as he does individually. If he could find a role that didn’t kill the culture that a young team is trying to develop, then he could be worth something here for a while longer. But it’s not hard to see where this team will need to convert inconsistent offense for some defense at some point.

Grade: C-

oneironaught

Over this year my general feelings about Andrea have shifted from lust, an erotic admiration of his towering grace, to indifference - fitting, I know. Nevertheless, there were some genuinely special moments for Il Mago this season, such as: putting up 40 in the garden, a strong effort while beating the Celts, and 26 and 12 versus the Thunder in a home win. Unfortunately, that was one of his two (I think) double doubles on the season. Two. Yep, two. Now, that blaze of hope that a #1 pick sparks has died into a cool ember. Cool like Primo pasta resting in Andrea’s tummy. Because we all know, there is no fire in it. Uh huh, two.

Grade: C-

fancylad

Oh boy. How do you say “Other than some nice offensive games he pretty much sucked in all aspects of the game of basketball” in Italian?

I am a Bargnani fan. I like him. I want him to succeed. I want him to be a good ‘franchise player’. But he proved he can’t do it. Or he doesn’t want to do it. Who knows what the hell to do with him anymore.

Grade: C

Acie

Always wanted him to succeed and this was supposed to be the year he finally broke through. Unfortunately, he just broke.

Grade: C-

INSIDER

if before the season began someone told me Bargs would average 21/5, i’d be somewhat pleased.
but then I sit through the entire season and watch this big dumbass hang out at the 3 point line, shy away from contact, be a doormat on Defense - all the while running around with his mouth open looking clueless!

he may just be the most frustrating player in the league.

Its funny, i actually was rooting for him at the beginning of the year, and backed him in arguements…. i wanted so badly for him to do well, only to see him fail…. i have no more excuses for him, and he has no more excuses for his god-awful D.
the experiment is over for this guy… he will never be a successful Raptor.

Grade: C

RF Posters

The forum says C with 43 percent of the vote, D with 30 percent, and 7 percent offering a B.

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.

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