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Old 10-01-2008, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA.com: Toronto Raptors Preview

There's more substance to the preview (click link at bottom to read more) but I just chose to highlight their scouting report of the Raptors for this season.

Originally Posted by NBA.com
Scouting Report

* Toronto had probably the third-best overall talent in the East last season.

* The addition of Jermaine OíNeal should help take some of the offensive burden off of Chris Bosh. The key will be to keep both of these players healthy. Both have missed numerous games the last two seasons with nagging injuries.

*The Raps relied too heavily on Jamario Moon last season and paid the price because they often were playing 4-on-5 on the offensive end.

* Jose Calderon is ready to take over as the starting point guard and if he can keep his assist-to-turnover ratio in the same neighborhood he did last year he will be looked on as the next Stockton/Nash point guard.

* Jason Kapono is still a tremendous threat to bring off the bench and isnít quite the defensive liability some would have you believe.

* Andrea Bargnani still has the potential to be one of the better Euro players in the league but only if Sam Mitchell backs off his "tough love" philosophy and bashing the kid every chance he gets.

*The Raptors still have a wealth of talent but until they come with a consistent defensive philosophy and effort they will underachieve.
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