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Old 09-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kile Lowry
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But Lowry doesn't need to score a ton to be effective. Though he may seem like he has questionable shot discipline, he takes shots in smart areas; 71.6 percent of his shots came either at the rim or from deep, where he converted at an above-average rate. His assist rate climbed last season to a career-high 7.8 assists per 36 minutes, but it was still a bit shocking to see regularized adjusted plus-minus calling him the 13th-most effective offensive player in the league last season.
Demar Derozan
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DeRozan keeps going away from the basket, and thus his strengths. He's an elite finisher and attacker off the dribble, but he's trying to prove he's developed a reliable jump shot and it's compromising his game. DeRozan shot 940 jumpers last season -- the 13th most in the league -- but his 40.7 percent effective field goal percentage on those shots ranked in the bottom quarter of the league. Luckily, he gets to the rim at a high rate, giving him the seventh-most free throws in the NBA.
Rudy Gay
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Gay is a great case study in the shot creation versus shot efficiency debate. He can get his shots off just about anybody, but he's not particularly good in making them. Because of his smooth game and rainbow arc, a splashed Gay jumper is one of the most spectacular things in the sport. However, like a rainbow, you rarely see it happen.Elsewhere, Gay pulls down boards at an above-average rate and posted good defensive marks in both Synergy and on/off court numbers in Toronto (change of scenery rejuvenation?). We'll see if he becomes something of a stretch 4 next season when Amir Johnson hits the bench because he has the tools to pull it off. And with supposedly fixed vision, he could have a bounce-back season, but don't bet on an All-Star appearance.
Amir Johnson
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In his age-25 season, Johnson emerged as the Raptors' best player for his two-way body of work. The Raptors were a staggering 14 points per 100 possessions better with Johnson on the floor, with vast improvement coming on both ends. In sum, the Raptors were a playoff team when Johnson played.
JV
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Defensively, he's still raw, but that's to be expected of a 20-year-old asked to anchor a defense right away. His foul rate of 4.6 whistles per 36 minutes raises a red flag, but it dipped as the season progressed. When paired with Amir Johnson, the Raptors basically went beast mode on the defensive end, holding opponents to just 96.5 points per 100 possessions last season with that duo on the floor. For reference, the Pacers led the league with a 96.6 defensive efficiency last season.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting enough, we are the 8th eastern team previewed, which probably means when they release their predictions, we'll be slotted to make the playoffs. Interesting, coming from their geek squad that replaces Hollinger.
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Because of his smooth game and rainbow arc, a splashed Gay jumper is one of the most spectacular things in the sport. However, like a rainbow, you rarely see it happen.
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