Bleacher report: 8 Players that would help the Raptors
Old 07-11-2009, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Marquis Daniels: Daniels is coming off of a strong 2008/2009 season with the Indiana Pacers in which he averaged 13.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game on a very respectable 45% from the field. Daniels would give the Raptors another offensive threat and would most likely start at shooting guard for the team. He is a mid range threat but he lacks three point range on his jump shot as shown by his career 23.7 three point percentage. He enjoys playing a physical game and will play a tenacious brand of defense. He seems to enjoy getting under his opponents skin and taking them out of their game.

Signing Daniels would give the Raptors another threat on the offensive end, but it also gives them a gritty, physical player that would add toughness to a team that is lacking in that department.
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Matt Barnes: Like Marquis Daniels, Matt Barnes is a gritty player that is not afraid to mix it up with opposing players. If he were to sign with the Raptors, Barnes would bring toughness and energy off of the bench for the team. Last season with the Phoenix Suns, Barnes averaged 10.2 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game on 42% shooting. He is a three point threat although his outside jumper can be very streaky at times. Barnes plays with an edge to his game that would be very beneficial for the Raptors and would be the first one to step in for a teammate if he feels that a cheap shot was taken. Barnes aggressive style can come back to haunt his team at times though because at times he will take it too far and go over the line, which ends up costing his team in the long haul.
Regardless, Barnes would be a very nice addition off of the bench if he were to end up as a member of the Toronto Raptors though and his toughness and gritty play would be welcomed with open arms.
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Von Wafer: Von Wafer, who played with the Houston Rockets last season, is coming off of a breakthrough season that saw him score 9.7 points a game on just under 45% from the field. Up until last season Wafer was a journeyman but he found a home with the Rockets and made the best of a great situation for him. Wafer is a good scorer off of the bench that can hurt you by driving to the rim, with his mid range jumper or even step behind the three point line and shoot from deep. Outside of scoring though, Wafer doesn't bring much else to the table as he is pretty one dimensional. He isn't a very good defender and doesn't really make plays for others.

However, if the Raptors are looking for a pure scorer off of the bench, Von Wafer just may be that player for them.
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Flip Murray: Flip is another player that would give Toronto a scoring punch from off of the bench. He averaged 12.2 points per game last season for the Atlanta Hawks and throughout his career has played the role of an offensive spark off of the bench. He has a very good jump shot and when he catches fire can become a very dangerous player on the offensive end. One thing that makes Murray a good fit for Toronto is that he can play both the shooting guard and point guard positions. He would add insurance to the point guard position in case second year player Roko Ukic struggles to take his game to the next level and prove worthy of being a back up point guard at the NBA level.

Signing Murray would not only give the Raptors some scoring punch off of the bench, it would also give them some insurance at the point guard spot.
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Linas Kleiza: Kleiza is a big small forward who ha spent his entire four year NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. Last season Kleiza averaged 9.9 points per game and 4 rebounds per game on just under 45% shooting. Kleiza is a big body that is not afraid of contact and physical play. At 6'8 and 245 pounds, Kleiza would give the Raptors some size and toughness off of the bench. Linas has three point range and can knock it down from deep if he is given a look, but he can be very streaky at times. The thing that I like the most about Kleiza would be the physicality and toughness that he would give Toronto off of the bench.
With the European connection that Toronto has, the Lithuanian Kleiza would fit right in.
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Jarrett Jack: Jack played with the Indiana Pacers last season and split time with former Raptor T.J. Ford as the starting point guard. He averaged 13.1 points per game and 4.1 assists per game last season for the Pacers which was the best season of his career. Indiana have extended a qualifying offer to Jack which means that he is a restricted free agent so the Pacers are able to match any deal that is offered to Jack. This may make things a little difficult for Toronto if Indiana wants Jack back next season because the Raptors only have the MLE to offer.

If the Pacers do decide to let Jack go, he would be a very good back up point guard for the Raptors, but the question is, will he accept that role?
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Anthony Carter: Carter is a veteran point guard that would give the Raptors some experience off of the bench. He has played in the NBA for 10 seasons and in his last season with the Denver Nuggets, Carter averaged 5.3 points per game and 4.7 assists per game. Carter is a veteran player that knows how to run an offense. He would be a valuable back up point guard due to that experience as well as the fact that he gives it his all whenever he is on the court and doesn't leave anything behind.

Carter could be a very good hustle point guard for the Raptors and give them a veteran presence off of the bench.
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Brevin Knight: Knight didn't really have a great season last year with the Jazz as he only put up 2.4 points per game and 2.6 assists per game, but he is a savvy veteran and a pesky defender that knows how to run an offense. Knight has been around the league for a long time and is a good passer, defender and good at running an offense. He would also be a good mentor for not only Roko Ukic, but he could teach starting point guard Jose Calderon a few things as well. Knight would give the Raptors a calming, veteran presence off of the bench and a great veteran leader.

Knight wouldn't make anything more than the minimum so it could be worth taking a shot on him if the Raptors are looking to add some point guard depth to the roster.

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Old 07-11-2009, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty good list other than Brevin Knight..ewww
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You're looking at Jack, Kleiza, and Daniels as being the most likely possibilities.

Look up "tunnel vision" in the dictionary and you'll see Von Wafer driving to the rim.
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Flip Murray or Matt Barnes would be great fits here.
Pass on Daniels.
Jarret Jack would be good but I prefer Flip.
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Jack won't want to be a back up.

I say Flip or Carter for backup PG..Then Kleiza or Barnes at SF.

This team would be really tough with Kleiza or Barnes off the bench along with Evans and maybe Rasho. Very nice!
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I wouldn't touch Flip with a ten foot pole, we don't need stupid shots and stupid decisions coming from our backup point guard.
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You're looking at Jack, Kleiza, and Daniels as being the most likely possibilities.

Look up "tunnel vision" in the dictionary and you'll see Von Wafer driving to the rim.
He can have a bit of a temper too.

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In a game with five technical fouls, two ejections and one flagrant, Von Wafer lost his head first.

He stomped around and threw a water bottle when he was taken out of the game. He likely said too much, too. Rick Adelman banished him to the locker room.

The Rockets know that Wafer can be that way and won’t make it into more than that. If someone else had a tantrum it would be an indication of a real problem. With Wafer, it is just a part of his extremely intense, emotional makeup.

But The Game Is On Von Wafer
I wouldn't touch him.
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I like Daniels or Murray for back-up wing, and then Barnes as a backup SF. Lastly, Knight or Carter for back-up PG.
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I wouldn't really mind any of those guys, but you guys are really that concerned about Wafer. Forget about his off the court antics and what not, Wafer's the most talented out of this bunch. He's athletic, he's a pretty good three point shooter and an energy man off the bench. The only problem is his defense which he needs to improve but I wouldn't put it past you because he's got the quickness and the athleticism to be a good defender.
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I like Marquis Daniels. Sounds good and he brings toughness which is always needed here.
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Jack won't want to be a back up.
Whether Jack likes it or not, at best he's a back-up. Sure he started over Ford for over half of last season, but Ford is a unique case and is his own worst enemy. I think if anything, we stand the best chance in acquiring Jack merely because of his relationship with Bosh. And, we all know the likelihood of Jose going down with another injury this season so minutes will be had, but even as a back-up he'll play an important role with this team moving forward. JMO
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Anthony Carter is the type of bench guy you want, he doesn't take any touches away from anybody else, and he plays solid defense. He would be a great backup guard to have around, and a great veteran presence.

He also played some solid defense on some two guards in the playoffs this year playing the two spot alongside Billups.
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I wouldn't really mind any of those guys, but you guys are really that concerned about Wafer. Forget about his off the court antics and what not, Wafer's the most talented out of this bunch. He's athletic, he's a pretty good three point shooter and an energy man off the bench. The only problem is his defense which he needs to improve but I wouldn't put it past you because he's got the quickness and the athleticism to be a good defender.
Maybe he's the most talented of the eight, but why not add Allen Iverson as the ninth option then... bad defender too perhaps, but definitely more talented than the lot of them. The most talented is not always the best match for a team.

I prefer Daniels. Great attitude, experienced, good defender. Fits this team better imo than a potent scorer who thinks he's all that (just my impression).
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Anthony Carter is the type of bench guy you want, he doesn't take any touches away from anybody else, and he plays solid defense. He would be a great backup guard to have around, and a great veteran presence.

He also played some solid defense on some two guards in the playoffs this year playing the two spot alongside Billups.

I totally agree, Carter would be the guy who won't lose his head in crunch time, would give us a decent defensive option and wouldn't mind taking a lesser role being a back-up. I think if we blow our money on somebody else, Carter could be had for much cheaper than any of the guys on that list.
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i like kleiza a lot off the bench. the name that's been out there a little bit is rodney carney who's athleticism off the bench on the wing and in the open floor might be intriguing. i also really liked his energy on the defensive end when the times i saw him throughout last year.
some might say he's a derozan-type of player, but i say you can never have too much athleticism and energy off the bench and carney's size, but most importantly his leaping ability make him bigger than he is.
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First choice: Marquis Daniels

Second choice: Jarret Jack

Third choice: Linas Kleiza

Fourth choice: Brevin Knight

Other choices are pretty much non-factors (e.g. Anthony Johnson) or will just act as a hindrance to the team's goals (e.g. Flip Murray).

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Toronto could certainly use a tough defender such as Daniels at the 2.
I like his game and he's been a Raptor killer, but he's had some off the court issues. Stuff involving bar fights, guns and an alleged rape at his home. Maybe he's changed his ways although I wonder if he's the type of character guy that BC would want to bring here.

Kleiza would be a very nice fit and you can't go wrong with a solid vet like Carter at the back-up point.
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Carter would be the guy who won't lose his head in crunch time,
You didnt watch the Lakers series did you? Anthony Carter in the clutch was horrific, and he shouldnt play a single minute in the last 6 minutes of a game ever again.

I like Jarrett Jack and Daniels out of the 8 because both can play both guard positions with Marquis obviously being more capable at SG, but Marquis can handle the point too. Both would be great bench players, but unfortunately I think both are looking for more than that.

If we're signing either one it shouldnt be for over 3 years. Or 4 years if the 4th is the team option. But if you can get either one PLUS Delfino and then Rasho you're a winner.

I'd be ok with Barnes too but I dont think hes as good of a role player and hes complained about lack of minutes in the past.

Murray and Wafer are chuckers and wouldnt be good fits becuase they need the ball too much, Kleiza is redundant and isnt the best fit for us at 3/4 IMO, and Knight sucks. Carter is decent if hes only playing 12 mpg.
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should get Daniel for the 2 spot for his defence and mid range capabilitites. Klezia won't work her, Turk will eat up most of the time at the 3 leaving Klezia little to nothing (no point paying a guy alot for playing very little time a game. At the point guard position, we need someone with a lot of experience and defence. We do not need another offensive player at that position, we have enough scorers on the floor. I say get Daniels to share time with Derozan, get a cheap sf to take the little time for Turk, Rasho for the front court help, and either Carter or Murray for the point spot.
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You didnt watch the Lakers series did you? Anthony Carter in the clutch was horrific, and he shouldnt play a single minute in the last 6 minutes of a game ever again.

I like Jarrett Jack and Daniels out of the 8 because both can play both guard positions with Marquis obviously being more capable at SG, but Marquis can handle the point too. Both would be great bench players, but unfortunately I think both are looking for more than that.

If we're signing either one it shouldnt be for over 3 years. Or 4 years if the 4th is the team option. But if you can get either one PLUS Delfino and then Rasho you're a winner.

I'd be ok with Barnes too but I dont think hes as good of a role player and hes complained about lack of minutes in the past.

Murray and Wafer are chuckers and wouldnt be good fits becuase they need the ball too much, Kleiza is redundant and isnt the best fit for us at 3/4 IMO, and Knight sucks. Carter is decent if hes only playing 12 mpg.
I probably would just want Anthony Carter as an insurance policy. I still like Roko a lot (many of us do) but if he doesn't improve enough, Carter would be a solid option off the bench. Another plus is of course his experience and it'll definitely help in Roko's development. As for the other free agents I'm not really high on any of them except maybe Matt Barnes but then again, do we really need another 3?
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