Apollo just summed up everything I was going to say.
This is without a doubt the best option the Raptors
have gotten yet.
1) When healthy, JO is a beast. Whoever just quoted his career numbers needs to realize that this guy didn't get minutes when he was in Portland, and multiple seasons averaging close to 0 and 0 will hurt your career numbers. In his prime (which wasn't THAT long ago) this guy was an MVP candidate. Currently, his rebounding and defense (help defense anyway) are still above average, and he can run the pick and roll effectively. In addition, his scoring ability down low would prevent teams from aggresively defending Bosh
at the wing or the elbow. JO, health issues aside, brings ALOT to the table in addressing Toronto's on-court deficiencies.
2) As Appolo stated, his contract is, in my opinion, a plus for a couple of reasons. First of all, at the very least, it comes off the books in 2010, the noted big summer for free agency. In addition, an expiring deal that big is a phenomenal trade asset. Teams like the Knicks will certainly be looking to take on deals like this so they can clear lots of room in 2010 for a Lebron run. So if JO shows anything on the court, he immediately becomes a tradeable asset next summer or during the following season.
3) How can you complain about a durability issue when we are trading TJ? You can't expect to trade a guy with significant injury concerns and get back a player of equal value with no such concerns. It's unrealistic. And honestly, I'd rather gamble on a great player staying healthy (or even giving us 60 games) than trade for an average player who has a better chance at playing 80.
would be trading their back up point guard for a guy who, when healthy, would start for any team in the Eastern Conference AND fills a need. To those who don't like this deal, please present us with a better realistic option. Is it Boris Diaw? Seriously?