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Old 02-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There are certain formulas which every championship basketball team needs to succeed. Namely you need 3 guys how can score 18+ with relative consistency, and role players who thrive within a certain element of the game. But mostly you need your roster to believe that it is not about Basketball, ie. not stats, not superstars, not number of touches, not allstar voting. Its about sacrificing as leader allowing everyone to feel pride and ownership. Look at Wilt Chamberland statistical phenom, he won two championship, was traded twice (how many guys avg 38 pts and 28 rbs would ever be on the block today). He was selfish prick who thought more about the stats then his team mates, he was a cancer.

The Raptors don't have enough talent, they haven't even established a core group of role players. You could argue we have a 2nd and 3rd guy(in Bargs and DDR), but we still don't have the primary scorer they need. And lets face it Bargs is not a playoff player at least not on this team.

Realistically I think were 5-6 years away from establishing a playoff team that will get beyond the 1st round. Depending on the new CBA it maybe a few more then that. This is flawed team which has no were near the ability to surge in the next few years like Minny or the Clippers or even the Kings. We really don't even have any tradeable talent.

Beyond that looking at establishing a contender Its all luck. Its finding the right guys who are willing to give up mins. and touches on offense and willing to take pain and exert effort on Defense. So we are long way off, long enough that I wouldn't put a number on it.
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