Originally Posted by Sick, Wicked and Nasty!
Let's add a couple more names to the list of players that have developed on the Raptors
bench shall we?
Jerome Moiso, Omar Cook, Andre Barret, Pape Sow, Loren Woods... all studs, all playing in the dleague, europe or parts unknown. Not saying Ukic doesn't have more talent but you need playing time in games to develop young players... not practice time and cheerleading time.
Moiso had plenty of time as did Woods. Hell they were part of the infamous Sam Mitchell speech of 0-0-0-0. Cook wasn't and NBA basketball player; Barret neither and Pape Sow had the opportunity to play and was given it. He was just raw. All the players were given NBA time, none of them developed because they weren't good enough for NBA ball.
Again, I look at our veterans on our team, and that's why I would bring in Ukic. T2T alluded to it earlier, Jose was forced to play alot of minutes but we brought in Darrick Martin specifically to help Jose because Martin could speak Spanish. What was the first thing Jose did when he sat on the bench? Sat next to Martin and learned the game. Martin had a HUGE influence on Jose learning the NBA game. Now that we have the luxury of having two starting PG's the sam could happen for Ukic. Sit beside Martin and learn the game. Yeah, you might not get the minutes, but Peja Stojakovic in his first year didn't get the minutes but learned (just throwing out an example). Hell, with Ukic's size he could probably split time at the one and the two.
I understand that, the third string position is not that big a deal, but looking long term I'd rather have my inexperienced players learning the system and the plays before they are actually meant to make a difference 1-2 years down the road.