Eric Smith: Addressing The Depth
Old 10-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maybe its just me, but I thought the SF position was our biggest worry and not really the PG spot when it comes to depth.

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The only gap on this roster - and itís a big one - comes at the point guard position. This is the only area where I believe people have a right to be concerned about the ďdepthĒ. As Iíve pointed out already, I donít think the depth is an issue for 99% of this team. People are freaking out too much about this stuff. But when it comes to the point, skeptics are justified.

The Raptors went from having - arguably - the best 1-2 punch in the NBA at the point Ö with Jose Calderon and TJ Ford. But when Ford was dealt to Indiana, the reigns of this team were handed over to Jose.

Calderon is more than capable of handling the load; heíll be a solid starter for years to come for T.O. But that move (TJ to Indy) forced Colangelo to address the back-up situation ó so Roko Ukic was finally brought over to North America. And Will Solomon was signed as well.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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our point guard situation scares the crap out me. you can always find a stop-gap to play sg-sf, but when it comes to running an offense on a team with such little to offer in terms or handling the ball, let alone running the offense, we're fucked. i'm glad we have JO, but i hate that we don't have TJ anymore. the more i think about it, the more our depth issues scare me. over 82 games, i really don't think we can be a team relied on for health.
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our point guard situation scares the crap out me. you can always find a stop-gap to play sg-sf, but when it comes to running an offense on a team with such little to offer in terms or handling the ball, let alone running the offense, we're fucked. i'm glad we have JO, but i hate that we don't have TJ anymore. the more i think about it, the more our depth issues scare me. over 82 games, i really don't think we can be a team relied on for health.
Good point funk ... I think I'm just taking Jose's health for granted and assuming he'll be 100% all season long. *knocks on wood*
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The only thing that saves me from worrying completely over the PG position is Anthony Parker.

Does that make me comfortable in him playing the PG? No. But if we need to rely on him for let's say even 5 minutes/game to just calm the offence down, then I'll be satisfied during the games. If Jose goes down though for any stretch this season, then we're screwed as far as I'm concerned. As funk said, we don't have that guy who can just simply step in and play. Roko is still too green and Solomon shouldn't start anywhere.
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If Calderon went down for a long stretch, I would think something would have to be done in terms of signing some old vet or trading for someone. Or they would have to go to a slow style of game that relies much less on the play of a pg.
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There was a thread on realgm asking for the top 15 players on your team that made me a blink a couple times about our depth. This would be my take

1. Chris Bosh
2. Jose Calderon
3. Jermaine O'Neal
4. Anthony Parker
5. Jamario Moon
6. Andrea Bargnani
7. Jason Kapono
8. Kris Humphries
9. Hassan Adams
10. Joey Graham
11. Roko Ukic
12. Will Solomon
13. Nathan Jawai

Ahhhh Like 8 real players
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I think Roko and Joey are going to be real players. Joey could even be a starter, which doesn't necessarily mean so much. Will Solomon and Hassan Adams are still big question marks, but that doesn't mean they won't be able to be contributors eventually.
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If Jose goes down, we're screwed - I think we all knew this.

Last season there were a stretch of games we're we (you know the team that runs no plays ) ran the offense quite effectively through Rasho in the high post. I can easily see that being done again this year with the second unit possibly though Bargs or O'Neal.
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I have said all along that Raptors our in much weaker position at point guard and I still think that is the case. I was hopeful John Lucas would impress in the summer and land with the Raps. But he did not and from that point I have been worried.

Solomon is not exactly a guy I feel a great deal of confidence in and I was always of the opinion that Roko Ukic in a best case was going to be NBA ready by Jan-Feb 09. I still think that way.

I think the idea of another point guard coming to town at some point could be something we see if Solomon or Ukic to not take a giant step forward.
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Delfino was a big PG and helped a lot when TJ was out. Not that good a PG, but at least he could dribble.

I have faith in Roko. He was playing big minutes for big teames for several seasons now. As long as he receives more than garbage time in beginning of the season, he will get more comfortable.

And btw did you notice how much Hassan is a pass-first player?

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I'll take our back up SF vs our back up PG players anyday.Ukic may have a pretty good career eventually but this will be a shaky season for him.As for Soloman,he's a chucker that turns the ball over wayyyy to much.

If Jose goes down with a significant injury,we're in deep shit.I've said this throughout pre-season.
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