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Old 04-24-2009, 09:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RAPMAN View Post
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.
Having "Forderon" was a dream that rarely ever happens in basketball, but what kind of back-up PG are you looking at who's going to be that effective and "create their shot" on a consistent basis? If anything, those issues will be addressed at SG by BC and not at the back-up PG spot.

Roko's young and gained alot of experience this season and I guarantee we'll continue to see growth and improvements to his game this fall. Don't write him off so quickly. We have many other bigger problems/issues to address this summer. Roko's play is the least of our worries at this point.
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