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Old 10-22-2012, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wolstat: Raptors deepest roster in years

MONTREAL - While Toronto’s starting five don’t stack up favourably with those of the league’s elite squads, the reserves project to be one of the better backup groups in the NBA.

There might not be a big name besides Jose Calderon, who is widely expected to end up backing up Kyle Lowry, but that doesn’t mean the group won’t be effective.

Though Ed Davis was held out and Terrence Ross played sparingly for precautionary reasons in Friday’s 107-88 win over the Knicks, the bench was still excellent for the Raptors, tallying 47 points to New York’s 25.

Amir Johnson missed only one shot and grabbed five rebounds to go along with his 14 points, two steals and two blocks. John Lucas also only missed one shot and had six points in each of the third and fourth quarters, while Calderon scored eight points, Linas Kleiza added five and Alan Anderson was steady at both ends.

The unit gives Dwane Casey some firepower to call on and Johnson, Davis, Anderson and Dominic McGuire are capable of playing excellent defence and doing the job on the glass, while Ross is expected to provide that as well once he adapts to the NBA.

Calderon was once the best backup point guard in the league and will be close to that level again, while Lucas arguably is the best third-stringer going and will make a case for considerable minutes with his Vinnie (The Microwave) Johnson-esque scoring bonanzas.

This is the deepest the Raptors have been in years and the players expect that to be an advantage over the course of a long season.
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