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Old 04-24-2009, 09:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith View Post
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I though Roko did a fantastic job as a back-up to Jose this season. Outside of a suspect jumper, the kid has great handles and loves to penetrate the key. His defense was nice as well.

I don't understand all this hate and dislike for Ukic.
Our goal this year was to make the secound round of the playoffs. The last 2 years we always had strong bench production with either Jose or TJ leading the pack. With guys on the bench who can't create their shot (Kapono, Humphries, Pops, Graham), we needed a playmaker who can initiate the offense and make smart decisions. The Raptors had the worst bench production in the NBA:

NBA Starter Reserve/Bench stats

Roko did show flashes of brilliance and a strong work ethic, but this team needed a better back-up point guard with the skillset of its bench players. Alot of the blame goes to BC, placing the responsibilities of the back-up point guard position on two unproven rookies (Will Solomon & Roko Ukic). Also BC relied on Calderon logging alot of minutes, that didn't happen either.
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