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Old 12-17-2009, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow East is still least in the NBA (Raptors content)

This could just as well be a post on this board.

Defense and turnover creation is almost nonexistent in Toronto, where the Raptors (11-17) are the league's worst in both categories. With Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu in the starting lineup, opponents aren't exactly quaking in their Nikes over the potential for defensive pressure.

At that steep price tag ($52 million and change over five years), big free-agent ticket Turkoglu hasn't exactly been a savior on offense, either, giving the Raptors just 14 points per game on 43-percent shooting.

Backup point guard Jarrett Jack was hired to help make the Raptors a bit less terrible defensively, but his chilly shot-making does little to inspire more playing time from Coach Jay Triano. Rookie DeMar DeRozan was drafted, in large part, because he possesses the bounce and speed that general manager Bryan Colangelo was able to watch while working for the Phoenix Suns. But DeRozan's athletic chops haven't been enough to produce more than 7 points, 41-percent shooting or 20 minutes per game.

We almost forgot ... the Raptors may lose Chris Bosh to free agency next summer. If that happens, they no longer have to worry about being listed in a review of teams that fail to meet expectations.

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