Hollinger: Raps have a solid bench
Old 01-07-2011, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As for Toronto, its second unit gets a big boost from the production of Leandro Barbosa, a dynamite scoring threat as a sixth man who plays virtually no defense. Additionally, Jose Calderon and Amir Johnson helped that rating with early-season flourishes off the pine, but both players now start and are likely to continue starting even when the Raptors who are walking wounded return.

It's still a strong second unit going forward. Jerryd Bayless, Sonny Weems, improving rookie Ed Davis and emerging defensive force Joey Dorsey combine with Barbosa to form a solid second five. It's the lack of a star in the first unit that keeps the Raptors lottery-bound.
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Did we really need Hollinger to tell us this? I mean, our bench isn't great, but it's not bad either.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I remember when a stat popped up on a broadcast to show how good our bench scoring was. I think the other teams in the list were Golden State and Philly. Basically, if you have a high scoring bench, it's because your starters are not good enough. It's a sign of weakness.
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It's still a strong second unit going forward. Jerryd Bayless, Sonny Weems, improving rookie Ed Davis and emerging defensive force Joey Dorsey combine with Barbosa to form a solid second five. It's the lack of a starter in the first unit that keeps the Raptors lottery-bound.
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I remember when a stat popped up on a broadcast to show how good our bench scoring was. I think the other teams in the list were Golden State and Philly. Basically, if you have a high scoring bench, it's because your starters are not good enough. It's a sign of weakness.
While that's a pretty big generalization, i can't say i disagree.
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Now all we need to do is upgrade at the 1-3-5 spots and we're in business.
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Now all we need to do is upgrade at the 1-3-5 spots and we're in business.
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Maybe a bit on the 2 and 4 spots too. So we are just 5 starters short of competing.
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