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everybody get off ur arses and vote CB4 to the All Star Game!
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Devlin Questions #4 and #3
Catching Up On Some Questions...
September 26, 12:39 p.m.
A couple of days behind on the questions... Two packed days of sponsorship events, the Raps Charity Golf event, hockey and basketball practices and a whole host of other stuff... so a chance to catch up this morning... We'll handle Questions #4 and #3...
Question #4... Is this going to be a break out season for Andrea Bargnani? The quick answer is Yes, but I expect this to be a carry over from last season. Bargnani's breakout campaign actually started on December 31, 2008. On that night at Air Canada Centre, Andrea scored 26 vs. Denver and he took off from there. Bargnani averaged 15.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg on the season, both career highs. He also, set a career mark for block shots and led the Raps in that category with 1.2 bpg. And In his last regular season game Bargnani recorded a career-high six blocks vs. Philadelphia. Andrea started a career-best 59 games, averaging 17.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 34.6 mpg, FG 46%, 3's 42%, FT 83%. A break down of his month-by-month stats are impressive. January 19.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, February 17.9 ppg, 6.1rpg, March 20.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg and in April he dipped a little as he battled through a sore heel, averaging 16.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg. In the 47 games he played in starting on December 26, he failed to reach double figures only four times. He scored 20 or more 24 times and he grabbed seven or more rebounds 21 times. During that stretch he averaged 18.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, FG 47 %, 3's 44 % and FT 81 %. All this and he's not your prototypical centre! Last season we compared him to Mehmut Okur, but I think he's way better. Okur was an All-Star in 2007 when he averaged 17.6 ppg, 7 rpg. That came after he averaged 18 ppg and 9 rpg in 2006. Bargnani has the potential to be a 20 ppg scorer and he's playing out of position in the middle. You have to give a ton of credit to Jay Triano for taking advantage of Bargnani's game and putting him situations to succeed. He can be a nightmare to handle, a seven footer who can put it on the floor, shoot 3's and as we saw last season, when teams put smaller, quicker guys on him in the post, Bargnani exposed them. I expect Andrea to have another career year in both points and rebounds. Yes, with the addition of Hedo, you'd would expect there to be fewer shots, but with the style of play the Raps will employ it should result in three or four more shots per game. Both Bosh and Bargnani are efficient with their shots, Bosh averaged 16.4 shots per game and Bargnani 12.3 shots per game. And don't forget JO averaged over a 11 a game at the expense of Andrea and Marion put up 12 plus a game playing with Bosh and Bargnani. Hedo is not someone who demands the ball, that's one of the reasons why he is such a great fit with this team. Bargnani is legit and he's only entering his fourth year. Here's one more thing, going against Reggie Evans in practice everyday, that's going to help the big fella too!
Question #3... Will Jose Calderon rebound this year after struggling last season? We all know Jose was injured for almost the entire season, he entered camp with injuries and he left Chicago on April 15 slowed by injuries. When your legs aren't right in hoops, you're in trouble. Jose couldn't keep anyone in front of him defensively and he neglected to go to the basket as much as we all know he is capable of. The injuries started in Beijing at the Olympics and he entered the season not close to 100%, then on November 12 vs. Philly he strained his right hamstring. Calderon battled that for the remainder of the season. The longest stretch of games he played in was 27 and that was to finish the season. The fact is, Calderon played in the second fewest games of his career (68) because of those injuries, yet he still averaged career highs in points (12.8), assists (8.9 -- fourth in NBA) and minutes (34.3). He, also, led the NBA in assist-per-turnover ratio for the second straight year and he set an NBA ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON RECORD .981 per cent (151-154) from the free throw line. Jose decided to not play for his national team this summer, always a tough decision, and instead spent the time getting healthy and training for this upcoming season. He told me yesterday that he started working out in preparation for this season on May 12 and that he is ready to go!. BTW, in his spare time, Jose turned to a microphone announcing nine games for the Spanish network broadcasting Spain's quest for Gold in the 2009 European Championship. The answer is Yes!
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IMO, in terms of player output, Bargs performance will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest key, to the Raptors success this season.
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