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Midseason report card

Raptors' mid-season report card | Mike Ganter | Columnists | Sports | Toronto Sun

Andrea Bargnani (5th NBA year) B

In a year where little is expected from a wins standpoint, the best gauge of progress is how your future key components fare. For Bargnani, who, barring a sudden change is now and will be for the foreseeable future this teams No. 1 option on offence, there has been progress. Bargnani is averaging 22.0 points a game, up from the 17.2 he averaged last year as the No. 2 option behind Chris Bosh. The hope was he would take a similar leap on the defensive end, but that has not happened. Just as bad, if not worse is the fact that his rebounding numbers, which should go up without Bosh in the lineup, have dipped from 6.2 a game to 5.8. As a scorer Bargnani is taking the necessary steps and as the only player on this team that the opposition game plans for, his top mark on the club is warranted.
Jose Calderon (sixth NBA year) B -

It has been a strange half season for Calderon, who has had to come to grips with the fact that the Raptors traded him in the off-season only to have the trade fall through. For a man like Calderon who values loyalty and “the team” above all else there’s no way that didn’t sting. He started the year slow playing behind Jarrett Jack, but has picked up his play considerably since. Even a nagging foot injury has not held him back significantly. His 10.6 points a game are just a shade higher than last year’s (10.3) but the assists are up considerably, averaging 8.3 this year to the 5.9 a year ago. Turnovers, though, are also up, going from 1.46 a game to 1.90. The good news for Raptors fans is twofold: Right now he’s playing some of the best basketball of his life and he’s no where close to 100% healthwise, which suggests room for improvement still.
DeMar DeRozan (second NBA year) B-

Outside of Bargnani, no one is being watched closer by the organization for signs of progress than the USC product. DeRozan flourished in the absence of Bargnani for six games. He was the dynamic, take-over-the-game scorer GM Bryan Colangelo must have envisioned when he drafted him ninth overall two and a half years ago. When Bargnani returned to the lineup after a four-game absence just after Christmas, DeRozan initially kept up his scoring. Things have fallen off a bit in that regard of late but the hope is the two can co-exist and become a dominant 1-2 scoring punch for years to come. DeRozan is showing intermittent signs of that. His defence remains very much a work in progress. What management has to keep reminding itself is that DeRozan is still a 21-year-old kid. He’s averaging 14.4 points a game, second on the team to Bargnani and up considerably from the 8.6 he scored a game last season.
Good job by the Toronto Sun. Goes on the rate other players (lowest being Kleiza with a D) and Triano,Colangelo.

Thoughts on their ratings, and maybe our own ratings?
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