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Old 10-20-2009, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm still looking forward to actually seeing him play and to see how he fit in with this team. God knows at this point we could really use his defence.

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The proper description of Antoine Wright is just one of the lingering questions Raptors head coach Jay Triano needs to get sorted out as his club enters the final week of the NBA preseason.

Another – what to do with the 30-or-so minutes a game Anthony Parker so reliably provided at the shooting guard spot for the past three years? – has been answered, to a point: You don’t give them to rookie DeMar DeRozan or newcomer Marco Belinelli, at least not yet.

With one exhibition game to go, Triano threw the door to the shooting guard job wide open after a long practice yesterday at the Air Canada Centre, as he tried to iron out the kinks for a team that’s gone 2-5 in the preseason.

Wright – a 6-foot-7 wing acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in July as part of a four-team trade – has been sidelined for nearly three weeks after bumping knees with teammate Andrea Bargnani prior to Toronto’s first exhibition game. Now, he’s back and the game is on.
Source - Wright pushes for consideration with Raptors - The Globe and Mail
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Having this guy playing the bulk of the minutes will really help isolate other teams sg's and hopefully stop them from having 30+ nights on us every game. Cant wait to see this guy get in some playing time. He will be a very solid defender and a great guy to in list some toughness in our girly starting in up
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Ah. so the realization finally comes, excellent!

The truth is: on this roster, only one player is a proven starter at SG in the NBA, and that player is Wright. Combined with the fact that he is a willing defender not requiring a lot of shots, that should have made the job his to lose, not DeRozan's.

Like I said countless times before - he should start at SG barring injuries.
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ah. so the realization finally comes, excellent!

The truth is: on this roster, only one player is a proven starter at SG in the NBA, and that player is Wright. Combined with the fact that he is a willing defender not requiring a lot of shots, that should have made the job his to lose, not DeRozan's.

Like I said countless times before - he should start at SG barring injuries.
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wright has never played more than 25 mpg, even as a starter. I doubt he will get more than that this season. If weems can handle the backup sf spot, than wright can play his minutes at the sg, which will then leave about 23 for derozan and belli. If derozan starts, wright will replace him in the 1st quarter, and Marco will play the final minutes in the 2nd and 3rd, with wright finishing the last 7-8 minutes of the game

at least in theory
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ah. so the realization finally comes, excellent!

The truth is: on this roster, only one player is a proven starter at SG in the NBA, and that player is Wright. Combined with the fact that he is a willing defender not requiring a lot of shots, that should have made the job his to lose, not DeRozan's.

Like I said countless times before - he should start at SG barring injuries.
Well put, been saying all along that the starting unit needs, more than anything else, an injection of defence. The Wright choice is right in front of their eyes and the Wright decision will soon be made.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wright has never played more than 25 mpg, even as a starter.
Wasn't that on a team with Jason Terry as a sixth man at SG? And wasn't he previously playing with Vince and Jefferson?

Point being - he might have to play a lot more on this team, with no proven better option at 2. I care much more about major minutes at shooting guard than backup minutes at SF.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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wright is the right choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
demar and marco off the bench would be great
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Starting Demar could damage his confidence if Jay is continually pulling him off the court for rookie mistakes.
Better to hide him against the other teams bench. However, I wonder about Wright's knee/conditioning.

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I agree w/ others. The starting lineup needs defense over offense. If Derozan can't provide that then Wright should start. Hopefully on offense Wright hits a few jumpers/gets to the rim, but the Raptors need a smart perimeter defender. Derozan could provide some scoring off the bench until and start when the time is right.
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Wasn't that on a team with Jason Terry as a sixth man at SG? And wasn't he previously playing with Vince and Jefferson?

Point being - he might have to play a lot more on this team, with no proven better option at 2. I care much more about major minutes at shooting guard than backup minutes at SF.
He played two positions, especially with Howard being always injured
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Demar and Weems both looked comfortable at SF so I have no problem with starting Wright.
With the exception of the rumor that he stunk at SG and was more useful at SF in Dallas.
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SG isnt the problem with the team.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It's that weak, weak, weak PF spot. Right Snooch?
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No, but team cohesion.








Reggie and Amir man the pf spot just fine.
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problem is the 5 spot
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Wright won't be starting at SG, at least to start the season. He hasn't even played 1 second in pre-season. Maybe eventually, but not right away. Triano has been pretty open in saying Demar will be the starter going into the season. And a couple days ago he said nothing has happened to change that. Besides, Derozan is gonna play the same minutes (15 or so) wether he starts or not. Who gives a shit if he plays 6-7 minutes in the 1st & 3rd quarters.
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problem is the 5 spot
Not at all, we've got top-tier scoring and stellar post defense coming from the five spot. A small lack of rebounding isn't going to be the downfall of this team or even its Achilles heel.

The problem is the perimeter defense as well as the team's cohesion on defense.

I've been a proponent for DeRozan starting, if he's the right guy for the job, but if his athleticism hasn't translated into lock-down defense by the time the season rolls around, and there's definitely a chance it won't, then Wright should be the guy.

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