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Old 07-13-2014, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toronto Raptors rookie Bruno Caboclo still has much to learn despite showing signs of promise | National Post

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Until he either shows that he can play or proves that he definitively cannot, Toronto Raptors rookie Bruno Caboclo is going to be defined by ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla’s draft-day quip: “He’s two years away from being two years away.”

However, a little more than two weeks after the Raptors surprised the NBA by taking the anonymous, long-limbed Brazilian kid with the 20th-overall pick, Caboclo already looks the part of a pro. In the second half of his first league-sanctioned game, a Las Vegas Summer League contest against the Los Angeles Lakers, Caboclo is whistled for impeding the process of a cutting defender. Caboclo unleashes an eye-roll that would make Tim Duncan proud, and looks skyward. After the Lakers score, the Raptors run the ball down the court, and Caboclo drills a three pointer. Caboclo puts his right hand in the air, and sticks out three fingers — a celebratory gesture. A day later, he offers the surest sign that he will acclimate to the NBA just fine: With the third quarter winding down, Caboclo waves off teammate Darington Hobson, preferring a cleared-out floor so he could take the final shot of the frame.
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Caboclo showed some things that even the Raptors did not expect. In his summer league debut against the Lakers on Friday, he hit a step-back three-pointer with a hand in his face and drew a foul while fighting for post position, the latter of which was impressive since Caboclo is still a twig. His natural athleticism shone on Saturday against Denver, as he missed what would have been a vicious put-back dunk off of a rebound. However, he also was turned inside out by Lakers guard Kevin Murphy on Friday. He occasionally struggled with spacing during offensive sets, with a tendency to run toward the ball handler when he was unsure of the play. He committed 10 fouls in his 56 minutes, and might have been lucky to get away with that low of a number.

As Caboclo tries to elevate his game over the next few years, it is his physical stature that will be the focus. Caboclo is slight, carrying the typically lanky, undefined frame of a teenager. Through his personal advisor, Eduardo Resende, Caboclo said it was the physical nature of the older players that was the biggest challenge for him.

The coaching staff saw something else: he is struggling to grasp the more complicated defensive coverages of the NBA.

“He reverts to the way he’s played for the last few years of his life,” said Raptors assistant coach Jama Mahlalela. “The NBA is different in terms of where you jump to the ball, where you channel people. We’re playing an aggressive trapping style in summer league, so we’re trying to get him up to trap. It’s just different for him. Anytime he learns something new, it takes a little while.”

“To the naked eye, it’s just basketball. But when you coach in the NBA … you understand how technical it is,” added assistant coach Jesse Mermuys, who is serving as the summer league team’s head coach. “It’s a very technical, very difficult game to learn because the players are so great that the schemes have to be really impressive to stop those players. You’ve got to know what you’re doing while you’re trying to play as well as you can. It’s going to be a process for any young player, especially a player that doesn’t speak English.”
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I really like what I've seen from Bruno in the two games he's played. It's clear that he still has work to do, but the potential is obvious.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This kid seems to have alot of talent, I just hope he can translate that talent into actual good performance.
My heart tells me he is gonna be a huge surprise.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
hopefully we use our draft pick this year, let's not miss out this years Rodney hood

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I do like what I see. I understand the pick now I just would've preferred couple other players before him. I still see him as at least a three year project
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