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Dr. J. Naismith 02-07-2008 10:16 AM

The best All-Time Toronto Raptors lineup
 
With Friday night being the 1000th game milestone for the Raptors franchise, TSN did an article on who they think is Toronto's All-Time line-up. :D

Agree or disagree? :confused:

Quote:

Originally Posted by TSN.ca

Starting Line-up

Point Guard: Damon Stoudamire (1995 - 1998)

Stoudamire overcame getting booed at the 1995 draft to win the Rookie of the Year award and become the first face of the franchise. Mighty Mouse rarely gets the credit he deserves for at least making the Raptors somewhat respectable - go back and look at some of his teammates in those early days, it was ugly. In a way, playing for Toronto may have hurt him because throughout the rest of his career he had a difficult time adjusting to no longer being the Man.

Shooting Guard: Vince Carter (1998 - 2004)

Love him, or hate him (okay, most probably hate him), you cannot deny that in his prime, Vince Carter was the most electrifying player in Raptor history. Carter gave legitimacy, on and off the floor, to a franchise that had struggled to find any since its inception. While he left on bad terms, Carter elevated the visibility and credibility of the team throughout the league. The most success in the franchise's history occurred during Carter's tenure. Carter continues to be the franchise leader in points scored.

Small Forward: Tracy McGrady (1997 - 2000)

T-Mac had a difficult start to his career. Head coach Darryl Walker had little time for the teenager, famously saying that McGrady didn't know how to be a professional (how could he, he was only 18!). It wasn't until his final year in Toronto did McGrady blossom - earning a trip to the 2000 All-Star game. By the end of the year, the combination of Carter and McGrady would prove impressive. But by then McGrady had one foot out the door, leaving Raptor fans to wonder "What If?"

Power Forward: Chris Bosh (2003 - present)

Bosh entered the league during a tumultuous time for the franchise, Carter had missed significant chunks of time due to injury and was well on his way to asking for a trade. Nevertheless, the former Georgia Tech star continued to get better and develop into one of the best forwards in the league. They no longer talk about the big three from the 2003 draft (LeBron, Wade, Anthony); it's now the big FOUR. Bosh has already become the leading rebounder in franchise history and has shown the drive and the leadership abilities that separates good players from great.

Centre: Antonio Davis (1999 - 2003, 2006)

With names such as Jerome Moiso, Zan Tabak and Rafael Araujo, the centre position hasn't exactly been a source of strength for the Raps over the years. Nevertheless, despite being undersized, Davis became an immediate lost-post presence for the Raps. He thrived at the centre position both on the offensive and the defensive ends. He was rewarded in 2001 with a spot on the All-Star team.

Bench

Charles Oakley (1998 - 2001): The toughest player the Raps have ever employed, Oak was the conscience of some good Raptor teams - Carter never quite played the same once Oak was gone.

Doug Christie (1996 - 2000): The all-time franchise leader in steals, Christie was one of the best perimeter defenders the Raps have ever had.

Jalen Rose (2003 - 2006): A streaky shooter, Rose could fill it up fast. He and Carter were a potent duo, but neither could stay healthy long enough to capitalize.

Alvin Williams (1997 - 2006): The all-time team leader in assists, Williams hit the shot to seal the lone playoff victory over the New York Knicks.

Morris Peterson (2000 - 2007): The all-time leader in games played, MoPete was an excellent shooter, defender and a class act his entire career.

Jerome Williams (2001 - 2003): Someone needs to wave the towels. Seriously, though, Williams was one of this franchise's most tenacious rebounders.

Matt Bonner (2004 - 2006): A fan favourite, Bonner could hit the three and always left it all out on the court.

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Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 02-07-2008 10:40 AM

As much as I hate to admit, that's probably about right.

Acie 02-07-2008 10:42 AM

I'd have Camby as the starting centre and I'd have Keon instead of Bonner. Dell Curry would be on the bench too instead of Rose.

For the record McGrady wasn't an all-star in 2000. Shoddy journalism at it's finest. ;)

fancylad 02-07-2008 10:48 AM

i disagree with Damon kinda. sorta.

I'd rather have Jose as my starting point guard - or TJ. Damon never got all star consideration. ;)

You can't really disagree with Vince, Tracy, Bosh.
With Davis..... i donno. maybe. It just goes to show how short we have been at the centre position.

My bench would include:

Anthony Parker,
TJ or Jose (whoever isn't starting),
Doug Christie,
Jerome Williams,
Andrea Bargnani (yes our struggling sophomore), hey theirs includes Bonner,
Donyell Marshall,
Charles Oakley.

Acie 02-07-2008 10:55 AM

I don't know.

Damon was pretty much a 20 and 10 player for the Raps. He played very much like Paul does now.

Benzo 02-07-2008 11:05 AM

Jerome Williams????

Hell throw Mengke Bater out there.

MangoKidHoops 02-07-2008 11:16 AM

McGrady only really began to show signs of flourishing that last season he was in Toronto . At SF, I'd have to say Christie or MoPete

fancylad 02-07-2008 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 8662)
Jerome Williams????

Hell throw Mengke Bater out there.

how DARE you!

might as well substitute Morris Peterson for Michael Curry while you're at it.

fancylad 02-07-2008 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 8660)
I don't know.

Damon was pretty much a 20 and 10 player for the Raps. He played very much like Paul does now.

yeah yeah... it would be a close call in my books.

Benzo 02-07-2008 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 8667)
how DARE you!

might as well substitute Morris Peterson for Michael Curry while you're at it.

How DARE you sir..

Nate Huffman>Jerome Williams.

Acie 02-07-2008 11:22 AM

Greg Foster > Nate Huffman

Benzo 02-07-2008 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 8671)
Greg Foster > Nate Huffman

Yah..and???

Michael Bradley>Greg Foster

Acie 02-07-2008 11:25 AM

Sharone Wright > Michael Bradley

fancylad 02-07-2008 11:33 AM

Jerome Williams was a FANTASTIC bench player. One of the best rebounders we have EVER had. period. plus he had a nice offesnive game close to the basket. Sure Grunwald overpiad for him, but he was such a sprakplug that when he was in the game, he made a real difference.

Anyways, You have Mopete, I've got JYD.

let's leave it at that.


pffft. Nate Freaking Huffman.... pfft.

Benzo 02-07-2008 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 8676)
Jerome Williams was a FANTASTIC bench player. One of the best rebounders we have EVER had. period. plus he had a nice offesnive game close to the basket. Sure Grunwald overpiad for him, but he was such a sprakplug that when he was in the game, he made a real difference.

Anyways, You have Mopete, I've got JYD.

let's leave it at that.


pffft. Nate Freaking Huffman.... pfft.

I know you are not comparing one of the leagues greatest shooters , man defenders and iron man to the guy we all cheered for to do good cause he tried hard....Its like the kid in class who can't read very well and when he manages to stumble through a paragraph we get all happy...not cause he was good at it, but because he managed not to screw it up real bad. :cheeky-smiley-013:

fancylad 02-07-2008 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 8677)
I know you are not comparing one of the leagues greatest shooters , man defenders and iron man to the guy we all cheered for to do good cause he tried hard....Its like the kid in class who can't read very well and when he manages to stumble through a paragraph we get all happy...not cause he was good at it, but because he managed not to screw it up real bad. :cheeky-smiley-013:

uuhhh... yyeeaahh.

I agree with you though... MoPete is a lock for the Hall of Fame and all, but i don't think you're giving JYD enough credit.

Benzo 02-07-2008 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 8679)
uuhhh... yyeeaahh.

I agree with you though... MoPete is a lock for the Hall of Fame and all, but i don't think you're giving JYD enough credit.

Fine if you can concede Mo goes to the hall...I will say JYD provided energy...fair enough???:batman::D

MangoKidHoops 02-07-2008 11:42 AM

I'd take Sharone Wright over Michael Bradley.

What about Oliver Miller off the bench? I'd take him over JYD :p

Acie 02-07-2008 11:43 AM

Mo looked great last night. Especially when he was benched in favour of Pargo and Jackson. :p

Benzo 02-07-2008 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 8682)
Mo looked great last night. Especially when he was benched in favour of Pargo and Jackson. :p

Don't make this thread about your hate for Mo.....Mo made the raptors Mo betta


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