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Old 01-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Grange feels Raptors are better with Ford as their starter

When you put the way Michael is here, its hard to argue with him. Would you guys agree with his opinions?

Originally Posted by Michael Grange
Are the Raptors a better team with Calderon starting? What happens when T.J. Ford comes back?

I still think the Raptors are a better team when Ford starts Ė providing itís the steadier, slower version that was on display for long stretches this season. His speed and ability to create his own shot simply put more pressure on the defence and give the Raptors better option at the end of the shot clock. And while heís not a flawless defender, when he wants to cut off penetration or lock down an opponent, he does that better than Calderon. His turnover numbers and overall efficiency donít hold up to Calderonís, but as a penetrating guard his turnovers are always going to be higher. The beauty of the Raptors formula was that when Ford was at his reckless worst, Mitchell could always just give Jose more run. But at his best Ford has more to offer, though the difference is like choosing between different kinds of chocolate ice cream Ė no matter what you end up with, itís pretty damn good. The unanswerable question is when (if?) Ford will be at his best again? The best-case scenario this season is Calderon remains starting and a healthy Ford tears up second units down the stretch in March and April, and the battle of all battles for the starting spot in training camp next season.
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