David Aldridge: I hope the Raptors win the lottery
Old 05-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1. I hope the Raptors win the Lottery and get Anthony Davis.
Toronto is like that ex-girlfriend you haven't seen in 15 years. You lost touch with her, and then you heard she got fat and you were secretly happy about it, but then you heard a year ago that she had a lousy boyfriend who treated her bad, and you felt sorry for her and hoped she was doing okay. (If you're a woman reading this, just substitute "boyfriend" for "girlfriend" where appropriate, "him" for "her" and "he" for "she.")

The point is that that the Raptors are positioned to be relevant again in the Eastern Conference. First and foremost, they have a really good coach in Dwane Casey, who has already put his stamp on the team. The Raptors improved significantly on defense this season, rising from dead-bleeping-last in the league in defensive efficiency a year ago (110 points allowed per 100 possessions) to 12th (101.5 points allowed).

DeMar DeRozan is a capable guard. Andrea Bargnani will never live up to being the first pick in the 2006 Draft, but he isn't a bust by any means; I don't recall Kwame Brown ever averaging 19.5 per game, as Bargnani did this season. (I would be concerned about Bargnani's field goal percentage trend line the last three seasons, however.)

Toronto has pieces, but it doesn't have that centerpiece around which you can build a real contender. Imagine a frontcourt of the 7-foot Bargnani, the 6-foot-11 Davis and 7-foot-2 center Jonas Valenciunas, whom the Raptors took in the first round last season and expect will come over to the NBA next season after spending the year playing in Europe. Imagine what Jose Calderon and DeRozan could do with Davis swatting shots and igniting the fast break.

And imagine what a defensive guy like Casey could do with one of the best defensive prospects in a generation. Casey was new to the NBA when he was on Seattle's bench in the early 1990s, and George Karl unleashed the ferocious Gary Payton on unsuspecting point guards. Another Sonics assistant, Bob Kloppenburg, designed diabolical halfcourt defenses. With Payton attacking, the Sonics became a lethal unit that harassed opponents all the way to the 1996 Finals. If Casey got his hands on Davis, watch out.

Most importantly, Toronto's a great city, with great basketball fans. I miss going there for meaningful games.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't see how you could keep Bargnani if you get davis...
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't see how you could keep Bargnani if you get davis...
just split 80-90 minutes 3 ways. use different combinations.

Davis/Bargs
Davis/Jonas
Bargs/Jonas

then the rest of the minutes go to whatever bench bigs we have

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Old 05-07-2012, 02:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The only way I can see this working is if Valunciunas isn't as good as we expect and he comes off the bench. But ya Windex, then I could see the minute split working.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i like david aldridge. he's always had love for us.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If we won the lottery, I'd start a riot in the streets.


Sooooo, you're telllllin me there's a channnnce!
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It should be a no brainer to trade Bargnani.....
We can get something decent for him than any other player on this team,just off the idea that he's a good player alone,which he is too many but clearly not someone you build around.
Its been presented as if the team is his so it would be hard to diminish that thought without completely removing him from the picture (unless you acquire a perrennial all star which isn't happening)
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Bargnani/Derozan

for

Iggy

Sign Eric Gordon, re-sign Barbosa

Jose
Gordon
Iggy
A. Davis
Joval

Bench: FA PG (Bayless?), Barbosa, JJ, Kleiza, E. Davis, Amir, Gray?
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The league would never allow Davis to end up in Toronto.

Not when there are teams way worse off than us, we're last on the NBA's priority list.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The league would never allow Davis to end up in Toronto.

Not when there are teams way worse off than us, we're last on the NBA's priority list.
Last? Prove it...
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Know what's CRAZY?!?!?!

I hope that the Raptors win the draft lottery too!

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Old 05-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The league would never allow Davis to end up in Toronto.

Not when there are teams way worse off than us, we're last on the NBA's priority list.
Why not? If anything the league would benefit most with him in Toronto.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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we're not winning the lotto. conversation over.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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David Aldridge is awesome, nuff said
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The league would never allow Davis to end up in Toronto.

Not when there are teams way worse off than us, we're last on the NBA's priority list.
Sad but true,

I remember the Raptors had 1 nationally televised game in the US the season we signed Turkoglu vs the Knicks, and just because Toronto got off to a bad start, they revoked that games broadcast nationally in favor of the Hawks versus some other opponent.

Toronto is a large and successful market so they value the franchise but as this poster said were not a priority list & rather on a short leash.

Charlotte will win it. They'll hook them (Jordan & Co.) Up like they did Gilbert because of the aftermath from "The Decision"...
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Sad but true,

I remember the Raptors had 1 nationally televised game in the US the season we signed Turkoglu vs the Knicks, and just because Toronto got off to a bad start, they revoked that games broadcast nationally in favor of the Hawks versus some other opponent.

Toronto is a large and successful market so they value the franchise but as this poster said were not a priority list & rather on a short leash.

Charlotte will win it. They'll hook them (Jordan & Co.) Up like they did Gilbert because of the aftermath from "The Decision"...
My guess is the Nets wins it, and D-will will stay in Brooklyn. They'll go forward with D-Will, Morrow, AK47, A. Davis, Lopez and sign good depth over the summer. They would want nothing more then Brooklyn and NYK head to head in the playoffs.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Just so we're clear, everyone here legitimately believes the lottery is rigged?
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Just so we're clear, everyone here legitimately believes the lottery is rigged?
Guess so, ): Really wish we could get AD
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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It's not rigged.,.. but if we could win it and trade the pick we'd be able to bring in huge value!!!! Come on and bring in some trade goodness!!! Would be so much sweeter to land the Davis pick and move it for Beal plus goodness than to just watch some other team win it!!! The chance to get Bradley Beal is just too good to pass up on!

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:33 PM   #20 (permalink)
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The crazy thing - for all of the conspiracy theorists out there - is that you could make a case for a lot of different teams that this lottery could be rigged.

For Charlotte - Well... they had the worst record, plus Michael Jordan is NBA royalty.
For Cleveland - NBA still trying to make up for LBJ's departure.
For New Orleans - NBA owned them all season, plus just like Washington, they may "reward" a new owner with the 1st overall pick
For Sacramento - After fighting with the city, and just having a new arena deal fall through, getting the overall #1 pick could help them keep their franchise in Sac
For Brooklyn - (top 3 protected, right?) With a move to Brooklyn, winning the first overall pick would help put them on the map instantly. Hype = a good thing in one of the major markets.
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