Doug Smith gives his mid season grades
Old 02-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alabi's grade makes no sense. A couple of the others are also a little suspect.

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JOSE Calderon B

At home he’s a terror, averaging more than 14 points and 10 assists per game; on the road he’s below 10 and seven. Still, he’s been a solid scorer who could probably be more aggressive more often. His defensive liabilities haven’t been an issue in a new system. Remains healthy.

DEMAR DEROZAN D

Yes, he’s been on a bit of a scoring tear of late, four games over 20 points in his last six and he’s getting to the free throw line. Still, he hasn’t made that much progress defensively. He’s had a rather inconsistent first half of the season and he remains very much a better athlete than he is a basketball player right now.

JAMES JOHNSON B

One of the more pleasant surprises, even if consistency remains an issue. He’s on track to perhaps lead the team in steals and blocked shots and he’s cut down the costly turnovers that come with trying to do too much. He’s worked himself into the future picture quite well.

AMIR JOHNSON C-

Far too few games where he’s had a huge impact, a fact partially attributable to the absence of Andrea Bargnani and the loss of operating space. He’s still active on the glass and still shoots a high percentage, he just needs to be more impactful more often.

AARON GRAY C

He is what he is. Offensively limited, a big imposing presence on defence who sets some bone-rattling screens on offence. In that role — less than 16 minutes a night as some sort of tone-setter — he’s having an average year for a minimum salary big who isn’t seen as a big part of any future.

ANDREA Bargnani B+

Has missed 19 games with the calf injury but he’s been the best player on the team when he’s been in uniform. Biggest improvement, and by far the most important, is his “engagement” defensively where he’s more active than ever. A breakout season was due and he’s having it.

JERRYD BAYLESS C

Slowed by the bad ankle, he’s done what he can in the role he’s been given. He can get you points in a hurry, doesn’t kill you on defence but still needs to make better decisions with the ball when he’s running the offence. Solid combo guard off the bench may be his future.

LEANDRO BARBOSA C

Yes, he energizes the second unit offence most nights but he’s far too much of a black hole offensively when things aren’t going smoothly. Sometimes tries to do too much instead of looking for the easy pass. Still, if he wasn’t providing some scoring, imagine where they’d be.

LINAS KLIEZA C+

You have to give him a bit of a pass because he’s still not fully up to speed after the knee surgery. Still, there have been enough nights where he’s been a multi-faceted offensive threat and he was coming on strong until the latest injury setback. Could morph in a solid contributor in the second half.

ED DAVIS D

He’s been a bit of a tease, active one night and invisible the next but he’s still young and raw and simply not physically strong enough at this point in his career. Yet they expected more out of him on a more consistent basis and haven’t seen it. He’s got some proving to do in the second half.

JAMAAL MAGLOIRE C+

Another guy who is what he is on the court but a guy who helps in ways a lot of people don’t see. He’s the teammate who tries to hold others accountable, the most vocal defender and the toughest guy on the team. Offensive limitations aside, he’s given them what they expected and what they needed.

ANTHONY Carter C-

If anyone expected anything more than an emergency fill-in third point guard who could eat some minutes every now and then and play some defence when called upon, they were kidding themselves. He could probably make some more shots, which knocks him down a bit from an average year.

RASUAL BUTLER D

Yes, they didn’t expect an awful lot but he’s only shooting 30 per cent from the field and only 27 per cent from three-point range, which just isn’t good enough. He may devolve into simply an end-of-the-bench guy in the second half since there doesn’t figure to be any future for him here.

GARY FORBES C-

They tried to play him out of position out of necessity when they ran him out as a point guard and that experiment was a failure. The game just seems a split second too fast for him most nights and that can perhaps be chalked up to his relative inexperience. He is unfulfilled potential right now.

SOLOMON ALABI C

Average? Yes, average. Nothing was expected of the young big man, who was always a long-, long-, long-term prospect. He hasn’t shown a lot of promise even in practice and was a gamble that will likely ultimately not pay off. But nothing ventured, nothing gained; they took a shot and it didn’t work out.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hes pretty much spot on with these
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hes pretty much spot on with these


Except he gives Alabi a better rating then some and he hasn't played and then pretty much says he's a bust. How does that sound like a C? And Kleiza coming off a year long injury has been a lot better than a C+ imo. Did anyone expect him to be as good as he's been after that injury? Alabi getting almost as good a grade as kleiza is just off.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Except he gives Alabi a better rating then some and he hasn't played and then pretty much says he's a bust. How does that sound like a C? And Kleiza coming off a year long injury has been a lot better than a C+ imo. Did anyone expect him to be as good as he's been after that injury? Alabi getting almost as good a grade as kleiza is just off.
Agree that is BS, how the hell does Alabi get same grade as Bayless and Barbosa?
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Except he gives Alabi a better rating then some and he hasn't played and then pretty much says he's a bust. How does that sound like a C? And Kleiza coming off a year long injury has been a lot better than a C+ imo. Did anyone expect him to be as good as he's been after that injury? Alabi getting almost as good a grade as kleiza is just off.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Kleiza deserves better but nobody else. Good enough assessment.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Agree that is BS, how the hell does Alabi get same grade as Bayless and Barbosa?
Alabi getting better or the same as anyone is asinine since he doesn't play.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Gray not an A+? Pft... this is terrible!
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Alabi getting better or the same as anyone is asinine since he doesn't play.
Bingo! Which is exactly why he has a better grade than some players. Because he hasn't had the opportunity to mess things up the way some players have so far this season...looking at you Rasual...
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Alabi getting better or the same as anyone is asinine since he doesn't play.
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Here’s a truly subjective look at each of them, graded against themselves and what they should or could be doing. An average year for their abilities gets an average grade and we go from there.
I think it just shows that last year Smith had a really low opinion of Solo's talent. Solo's grade explanation is brutally honest.

Doug Smith seems to me to be a "glass is half full" kind of guy so I'm a bit surprised by the realistic grades.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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derozan, barbosa, and Bargnani should all be bumped one spot

derozan to C, Barbosa to a B, and Bargs to a A

not the teams fault that the best player got injured and also the team indured several injuries,

by the way kleiza deserves a A+ from coming back from that kind of injury and actually being a valuable part of the team
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
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They deserve the D, but two of the team's building blocks failing miserably this year. I wonder if these two (Demar & ED) had the same year last year, would BC still have a job. BC is selling hope, but the foundation is showing some cracks.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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hes pretty much spot on with these
Pretty sure with a team this bad someone shoulld be an F... maybe he just has lowered expectations.
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Pretty sure with a team this bad someone shoulld be an F... maybe he just has lowered expectations.
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If you think about it, if someone isn't playing they should just get an F. If you aren't a usable piece for us in a game you have no value.

Unless you are like an old school vet coach type, maybe you can get a D.

That's the problem with the "expectation rating" (which I do love) you lose track of who is actually doing their job.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:05 AM   #16 (permalink)
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in the case of someone like alabi, he should've just had an inconclusive or an N/A rating
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