Chisholm: Reviewing the Backcourt
Old 04-24-2012, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If head coach Dwane Casey has his way then Jose Calderon will be returning to the Raptors next season as their starting point guard. Casey adores Calderon as a basketball player. He appreciates the diligence he brings to the offensive end, he appreciates the effort he brings to defence even if he doesn't possess enviable defensive tools (he did log his best defensive rating this season, though) and he is always effusive when singing his praises. Calderon, as he says, plays winning basketball. He's the kind of player you can stick on any team and he'll produce, and the better the team the better he'll produce. Want proof? Watch Spain play in the Olympics this summer.

...short of hitting a home run and inking Nash, Calderon has more than made a case to return as the club's starter next season, especially since no greater option appears to be on the horizon.
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For a team looking to set the Playoffs as a goal for next year, though, replacing Calderon with Bayless is an awfully big risk to take. First of all, while Bayless has posted some impressive numbers as a starter in Toronto (18 ppg, 6.1 apg), he's done so in only 24 games and has never been able to replicate Calderon's steadiness or leadership.

...Bayless is either coming back to start or he's not coming back at all. His production as a reserve over the last two years has been middling at best, far removed from his output as a starter (7.9 ppg on 39.2% shooting). If Toronto wants a reserve guard in free agency there are far better options than Bayless on the open market.
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Will DeRozan be back with Toronto next season? Almost assuredly. However, as the team looks to upgrade their scoring attack DeRozan may find himself in a vastly different role, perhaps even as an offensive punch off of the bench, unless he can do a lot this summer to round out his game. He's had three years in the NBA with basically unlimited minutes and touches handed to him but with wins starting to matter next season the club may not be able to afford to indulge him without him doing a lot more on the court to justify their indulgences.
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Behind Calderon and DeRozan (assuming DeRozan retains his starting spot) is a big, gaping hole. Gary Forbes got a shot this season and was uninspired, so the club needs either two capable backup guards or one very strong combo guard before training camp kicks off. Options exist in free agency like Kirk Hinrich and Lou Williams, but don't rule out a return by Leandro Barbosa, who knows Casey's system and has a fantastic rapport with the team and Bryan Colangelo. Also, look for Ben Uzoh to get a shot to lock up the team's third point guard position in training camp given his steady play at the end of the season.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So not changes for the most part? If so it's going to be another long season.
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Where do you see the lack of changes. The possibility of inking Nash as a starter, Bayless likely gone, DeMar coming off the bench, and a FA addition.
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While Barbosa would be a good piece to bring back, I hope we don't have a backcourt of Jose, DD, Bayless and Barbosa next year. Add Beal and I'll allow it.
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While Barbosa would be a good piece to bring back, I hope we don't have a backcourt of Jose, DD, Bayless and Barbosa next year. Add Beal and I'll allow it.
If Beal is drafted why bring back Barbosa?
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If Beal is drafted why bring back Bayless?
Now I see what you're saying
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I just hope that our "upgrades" aren't mainly bench players. If we come back and still have Jose, Derozan, Bargs + Joval starting then I wouldn't know what to say about Colangelo.
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I'd like to see more sweeping changes, and a better sense of what the core that carries the team into the future will be. There's no way for Chisholm to guess at that though, so he just allowed himself to continue on with his linear thinking. I'm not sure why he wouldn't give his head a shake and look at the results this team has had with Jose Bargnani et al, and maybe suggest that the players that could fit well in a Casey mold need to be acquired by all means possible. The way Chisholm looks at the situation, even with the changes he outlines, the team will gain a definitive identity at a snail's pace. If they can't get any more creative than settling for bringing Barbosa back, because he knows the system (really? - driving out of control and chucking up a ton of wild shots, if you manage to avoid a dumb charge reveals some kind of knowledge?) then I agree that there is something to be desired with Colangelo's abilities. But maybe Chisholm is correct in not over-estimating those abilities of our GM.
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If Bayless isn't starting for the raps I don't want him on this team. He is horrible off the bench. DD only looks good as a starter. His value will decrease if he goes to the bench. I'd be all for someone like C.Lee but I don't think he could be 3rd option on offense. Beal would be an immediate upgrade over DD (again, not saying much). Dragic apparently doesn't like the weather in Toronto.

Here's a thought, Jose for Sessions in a sign and trade. LAL is going to think about saving $ very very soon. Jose would be a nice expiring, be playing with his good pal Pau, would just have to pass the ball and hit some 3s. Sessions is a pretty solid passer and ever since he recorded the most assists in a game for Milwaukee, I thought that he had some potential. He looks to have improved his shot. That was a major issue with him. His 3 point shot has improved this year.
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Here's a thought, Jose for Sessions in a sign and trade. LAL is going to think about saving $ very very soon. Jose would be a nice expiring, be playing with his good pal Pau, would just have to pass the ball and hit some 3s. Sessions is a pretty solid passer and ever since he recorded the most assists in a game for Milwaukee, I thought that he had some potential. He looks to have improved his shot. That was a major issue with him. His 3 point shot has improved this year.
I don't think BC would ever do that trade...Sessions is good but not great. I'd much rather keep Caldy then trade for just Sessions. Plus I'm pretty sure we could net more than that.
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Are you sure about that?
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I don't think BC would ever do that trade...Sessions is good but not great. I'd much rather keep Caldy then trade for just Sessions. Plus I'm pretty sure we could net more than that.
Are you sure about that? Ok, give an example. When you say more do you mean a higher - quality PG than Sessions. Or just a better player than Sessions?
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Trading Jose for Sessions seems like a dull move. Does it make us any better?
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Trading Jose for Sessions seems like a dull move. Does it make us any better?
on't know, but he's cheaper and doesn't make us any worse. If anything he makes us better at the defensive end. Not that i want sessions here. You talk about dull and want to keep Jose?
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on't know, but he's cheaper and doesn't make us any worse. If anything he makes us better at the defensive end. Not that i want sessions here. You talk about dull and want to keep Jose?
Caldy>>>>>Sessions
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Caldy>>>>>Sessions
Mehhh, neither is all that exciting. And really, sessions is better in some areas, namely defensively and athletically but really neither is a top tier PG so six of one, half dozen of the other.
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Mehhh, neither is all that exciting. And really, sessions is better in some areas, namely defensively and athletically but really neither is a top tier PG so six of one, half dozen of the other.
Seems Jose is quite a bit better but he does make more... so it's kind of a dull deal. Lose talent but still pay too much? Sessions is a FA, right?
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Seems Jose is quite a bit better but he does make more... so it's kind of a dull deal. Lose talent but still pay too much? Sessions is a FA, right?
Ultimately i don't want either. So to me if we have one of them as our starter i'll be extremely underwhelmed.
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Mehhh, neither is all that exciting. And really, sessions is better in some areas, namely defensively and athletically but really neither is a top tier PG so six of one, half dozen of the other.
Sessions is better in some ways, but he is an atrocious defender. He's every bit as bad as Jose, though he seems to have improved marginally since being on LA.
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Ultimately i don't want either. So to me if we have one of them as our starter i'll be extremely underwhelmed.
If Sessions is the team's upgrade I complelely agree.
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