Chisholm: Wright Could Be Just What Raptors Need
Old 07-11-2009, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting read from TSN's Tim Chisholm

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Put it this way: If Antoine Wright isn't starting for this club at shooting guard on opening night it would be a serious oversight on the part of the Raptors' brass.

What Wright brings to the table are exactly the attributes this team needs at that spot. Since they decided to swap Shawn Marion for Hedo Turkoglu, they need a guy that they can stick on opposing wings to stop them from burning the club with penetration (a huge issue for the team a year ago). Wright can guard all but the biggest and burliest of perimeter players (he had his trouble denying position to Carmelo Anthony in the aforementioned series, for instance) and he does so without needing touches to stay focused on that task.

As for his jumper, it's still not pretty. The positive, though, is that Wright has developed a very reliable around-the-basket game to compensate, and he has become much more prone to turning down long jumpers in favor of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the hoop. He's a player more than willing to sublimate his role offensively to more talented teammates, but he isn't a guy who will shy away from taking the right shots presented by the defence. The biggest difference in having him in the fold offensively is that on perimeter rotations he's more apt to drive the ball from the corner pocket rather than take three-pointers. In a lineup with Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu, his lack of three-point shooting won't be missed if he can bring what he brought in Dallas at the defensive end of the floor.

Another positive Wright brings to the Raptors is his ability to guard point guards, combined with his respectable handle, which will help second-unit lineups immensely this coming season. Hedo Turkoglu is very Lamar Odom-esque in his tendency to fade out of games when the ball isn't in his hands. While Jose Calderon will be charged with handling the primary playmaking duties for the first unit, any combination that allows Hedo to take over that role for the second unit is a boon for the club. With Wright the Raptors could bring in DeRozan for Calderon, allow Antoine to guard the opposing ‘one' and let Hedo be the man who creates plays on offence. There is no let up in that configuration and the size the Raptors would field on the perimeter could actually cause problems for teams trying to guard them. This keeps Hedo involved, gets DeRozan minutes, and keeps the team's best perimeter defender on the floor.
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Duh.

He says he should be starting, then goes on to say how him playing off the bench will be a boon to Hedo.
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wright should start if we dont get Delfino. And Hedo will be the primary ballhandler in the halfcourt sets.
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I think Derozan will be starting at the beginning of the season, I really feel that this kid is gonna be given every opportunity to grow as quick as possible.

He'll be out at the start of the 1st and 3rd but probably wont log alot more than 20-25 total minutes with Wright being the main guy at the sg position.

Trial by Fire for Derozan, and I think he is gonna handle it just fine. Loving the midrange game he has been displaying in SL.
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Could be interesting, if he can play better defence at 1 & 2 spot than DeRozan, so let him start.
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Even if we do sign Delfino, he would be better of coming off the bench.
Our rotation would be awesome and we would have Wright to start of the game with some strong D on the wing.

Calderon
Wright
Turkoglu
Bosh
Bargnani

Jack(if he signs otherwise,Ukic/Douby)
Derozan
Delfino
Evans

Move Turkey to 4 so Delfino and Derozan can get some serious playing time.
Evans can come in and play the 4/5
Jack would be an awesome, defensive minded combo guard
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I would expect Wright starting, but if we sign Jack, then I don't see a point in signing Delfino on top of that. Jack can score the ball and will be a great back-up2 gaurd or back-up PG
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na uh... See DeRozan? kid is not even giving hundred percent of his game and he still score 15+ points... u gotta put this kid and let him adopt the NBA level
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Wright could be the back up SF

with possibly Delfino/DeRozan/Jack/Ukic? getting time at SG
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Even if we do sign Delfino, he would be better of coming off the bench.
Our rotation would be awesome and we would have Wright to start of the game with some strong D on the wing.

Calderon
Wright
Turkoglu
Bosh
Bargnani

Jack(if he signs otherwise,Ukic/Douby)
Derozan
Delfino
Evans

Move Turkey to 4 so Delfino and Derozan can get some serious playing time.
Evans can come in and play the 4/5
Jack would be an awesome, defensive minded combo guard
You wrote just my thoughts and lineup.

Just keep in mind that we have a bunch of expirings in Douby, Wright, George, I think POB too. In february this bunch can be traded, by then DeRozan or Delfino should be starting.
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As of right now Double D has the starting job it's his to loose.
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As of right now Double D has the starting job it's his to loose.

I'm not a fan of starting an unproven rookie unless you have too. The Raptors are not in a position where they desperately need to start him. It would be better to groom him and let him come off the bench. Wright is a suitable role player and a great defender. I would be suprised if the Raptors start the rook.
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I'm not a fan of starting an unproven rookie unless you have too. The Raptors are not in a position where they desperately need to start him. It would be better to groom him and let him come off the bench. Wright is a suitable role player and a great defender. I would be suprised if the Raptors start the rook.
I agree with that. Get him used to the NBA before we throw him to the dogs. Groom him a bit before he is starting.
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Move Turkey to 4 so Delfino and Derozan can get some serious playing time.
Hedo would get killed at the 4 by any above-average PF. He would be somewhat of a mismatch, too, but he's just not physical enough to get inside and guard any PF.

And whoever comes out to be the better defender in training camp should start. Wright wouldn't be playing more than 15-20 minutes a game even if he starts, so I don't think he's going to be eating into DeMar's minutes too much.
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I say we start Ukic/DOuby/George/Evans and Rasho.

Its all about who ends the game not starts anyway and this way it would give us the best bench in the league.
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Wright will be our version of Pietrus.
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As of right now Double D has the starting job it's his to loose.
How is it a rookie's spot to lose? He played one year of college (and didn't exactly light up or lock down his NCAA opponents...although he did come on strong the later part of the season).

He has never played against players as quick, strong, and as smart as he will in the NBA.

I think that DD will be a good player but all this talk of him already owning the starting SG job is just crazy. Maybe let him get through at least ONE practice with the team first.
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Gday, I agree, but from what I've heard of DeRozan from Triano and BC is that he might actually get the starting spot. Listening to Jay in the SL game from Saturday made it seem like he was actually leaning towards starting DeMar. He basically said that he's going to learn fastest by going out and playing with the starting 5 and that it doesn't really matter if he starts the 1st and 3rd quarters, until he can prove himself, he's not going to be the one in at the end of the game.

Honestly, I have no problem letting him start as long as he can play D right away. Whoever plays the best defense out of DD, Wright and possibly Delfino should start.
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As of right now Double D has the starting job it's his to loose.
Demar will get special attention as it pertains to training and development, but don't expect to see him get any handouts over the course of a game. He's shown glimpses of what he can do in the summer league, but that doesn't mean they're going to toss him a starting spot without first seeing how he can perform against legit pros.
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