Armchair GM: Raptors Scouting Report
Old 10-02-2008, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Armchair GM: Raptors Scouting Report

Just provided their summary, but for a more click the link at the bottom of this post. Definitely one of the more accurate previews I've read recently.

They too are picking us to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.

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Outlook: Last year, Toronto seriously underperformed when compared to the record you'd expect from their point differential -- they finished 41-41 despite a pythagorean record of 49-33. The temptation would be to look at that fact, along with the potentially huge addition of a revitalized O'Neal down low, and pencil the Raptors in for at least 50 wins and a trip to the 2nd round of the playoffs. However, Toronto's offseason shakeup, while strengthening their starting lineup, robbed them of depth; Ford, Carlos Delfino, and Rasho Nesterovic were not All-Stars, but they were all quality contributors off of the bench, and their minutes will have to be replaced by relative unknowns like Ukic, Adams, Solomon, and Jawai. The result is a starting 5 that potentially has the talent to contend with most teams in the conference, but a very weak bench whose effectiveness depends on a number of question marks turning into answers: Will Kapono reclaim his old Miami form? Will Ukic and Jawai's performances overseas translate to the American game? Will Bargnani and Graham ever live up to their vast potential? If the answer to 2 or more of these questions is "yes," Toronto has a very good team on their hands... But if not (and if O'Neal truly has nothing left in the tank), the Raptors' offseason makeover will have actually sent the team in the wrong direction, plexiglas principle be damned.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)

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bull shit. I thinks its reduclious that every american analist can only talk about oh if oneal has nothing left, or oh his knee is gonna cause problems. What if oneal is healed and come out to preform at his all start level? what if these unknows we have are actually good? You know the NBA isent the only basketball association in this world. American commentaiters have to open up to the fact that this is now an internatial game. Not all the tallent comes from jsut the USofA.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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m5racer, you're really worked up about this.

I think was generous in their ranking. If the stars align, then the Raps could finish 3rd... and that's basically what was said. They could have easily ranked the Raps 6th, with the exact same comments.
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