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Old 05-03-2012, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Next season's NBA risers

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2. Jerryd Bayless, PG, Raptors
Bayless was featured in this column last year (along with Jared Dudley, Gordon Hayward, James Harden, Kris Humphries and C.J. Miles). It didn’t work out as planned. Bayless logged 22.4 minutes in 2010-11 and 22.7 minutes in 2011-12. So what will be different in 2012-13?

First of all, Jose Calderon’s $10.5 million contract is finally up after next season. He’ll be a prime trade candidate this summer and as the trade deadline approaches. Additionally, Bayless showed the ability to play point guard effectively. He started 11 games this season, but only five of those came at point guard. During that small span, Bayless averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 3-pointers and 1.8 steals. The Raptors went a respectable 2-3, posting wins at Cleveland and at Memphis. It’s a taste of what’s to come if/when Calderon moves on.
5. Ed Davis, PF, Raptors
There are a lot of similarities between Ed Davis and the aforementioned Favors. Davis was also drafted in 2010, will be just 23 in June and his path to a starting role is seemingly blocked. Andrea Bargnani is the clear starting power forward, while Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and James Johnson are also lurking. The Raptors haven’t shown a willingness to play Davis at center despite his 6’10/232 frame.

That said, Davis’ talent is undeniable. He started nine games this past season, averaging 8.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while playing 33.5 minutes. That “raw” label he has earned will start to wear off as he enters his third NBA season. At the very least, Davis projects as the first big off the bench next season.
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