|06-22-2010, 07:28 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2010
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NBA Draft Update – Why The Raptors Are The Team To Watch
**Note I did not write this Article** sorry for the Confusion
Raptors Need To Get Rid Of Calderon, Turkoglu.
It’s a no-brainer that John Wall is going to the Washington Wizards with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Way down the board, however, sit the desperate Toronto Raptors picking 13th overall. The sole team north of the border is in dire straights, and Bryan Colangelo will be wheeling and dealing on draft night to save his franchise, and perhaps his job.
Toronto went 40-42 SU and just 39-43 ATS. They had losing records against the NBA betting line at home and on the road, and a season full of promise with the arrival of Hedo Turkoglu turned in to an unmitigated disaster.
Things will only get worse for the Raptors fans and betting backers since there’s basically a zero-percent chance that superstar Chris Bosh is staying. Swirling rumors of a Bosh-Bynum trade may have died since Toronto basically sat and watched the Lakers’ center sit on the bench for a pivotal Game 7 in the NBA Finals.
That being said, it’s not like the Raptors aren’t in a frantic mode to rebuild their team. Actually, “rebuild” isn’t the right word. It’s more like “blow this roster up to smithereens and hope you can recover from the aftershock”. The city of Toronto will back this team feverishly if its competitive. Whether people like to admit it or not, the city of Toronto is a major market and is the fifth largest city in North America. There’s money to back this team up no matter what type of salary hit its taking.
Money just won’t come with wins. Toronto is a city that needs superstars and big names on the marquee, and with their heaviest draw bolting town faster than a speeding dogsled, the Raptors need to replenish the ranks. That could very well start by getting rid of malcontent Hedo Turkoglu, and the overvalued Jose Calderon.
Turkoglu is due to make $9.8 million in 2010-11 and as the NBA betting community found out the hard way, he’s not exactly an ideal fit in Toronto. Aside from injury depleted seasons from 2003-2005, Turkoglu had his worst numbers last season. He managed just 11.3 points, 4.1 helpers and 4.7 boards.
Calderon is an even bigger problem. The plucky Spaniard won Toronto and its fans over by playing with an enormous heart, but hype surrounding the point guard has cooled off tremendously. You don’t have to throw a stone too far to discover a fan that knows that Jose can’t shoot extremely well and is an atrocious defender.
Even Calderon’s best asset, which is his passing, will be wasted if Chris Bosh isn’t there. Amongst the leaders for Toronto, Calderon, Bosh and Turkoglu are three of the top-5 in scoring for Toronto. Jarrett Jack and Andrea Bargnani are the others.
It’s no secret that Bosh is leaving, that Turkoglu also wants out and that the Raptors need to get rid of Calderon’s $9 million salary. The Raptors pick in the meaty part of the draft at 13th overall, and are supposedly looking at Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson, Avery Bradley, Eric Bledsoe or even Gordon Hayward. None of those guys is going to turn the Raptors in to instant contenders.
Packaging that thirteenth pick with a player like Turkoglu or Calderon (or both) could give the Raptors the ammo they need to move up and grab a guy like DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe instead. Teams that have defense already won’t worry about Calderon’s inefficiencies at that end, and Turkoglu still holds a mile of value as a veteran leader with cutthroat shooting ability.
The Sixers, Nets and Timberwolves don’t have any need for those types of services, but the chance to add some known NBA assets to a roster would be very enticing for GM’s who are all fighting for their jobs. Aside from the top four or five guys in the draft, nobody is that impressed with the rest of the class. At thirteenth, the Raptors will have to get extremely lucky to land a player of instant value.
Swinging for the fences has always been the way of Bryan Colangelo, and no GM is on a hotter throne right now. The Raptors won’t be a safe bet in the NBA regular season next year until we know what they look like. Still, it’s a safe bet that they’ll be active players in the NBA Draft. Unlike Cleveland and Miami, they know their guy is leaving come July 1st. How they play Wednesday night’s draft, and the following week leading up to the free-agent frenzy will decide the fate of the Toronto Raptors.
Itchy trigger fingers are fun to watch, and we all know Bryan Colangelo is in a dark corner with about six or seven pistols he could fire off in any number of directions. Fire away, Colangelo.
Last edited by Liam; 06-22-2010 at 08:16 PM.
|06-22-2010, 09:22 PM||#6 (permalink)|
likes the consistency in the colangelo built raptors
Join Date: Jan 2009
honestly I dont' really care about salaries that much, ya so what where paying jose that type of money its not a 6 year or 7 year contract albatross, or well over paid gilbert arenas deal
plus people need to be reminded the final year of that contract usually becomes value,
turk is the guy we need to get traded, jose will fall in the line with the team plans but the big turk is a big problem he could ruin the future development of the team, and cause a huge media stir all season long
also banks and evans contracts look good right now, whatever team falls apart next year raps got some expirings to deal
also BC should be the Raptors GM for as long as we can have him, the guys he has around him are good to, its just things havent worked out, patience is required, the guy is plugged in with the league, and can get deals done,
we all know if BC gets fired where geting the cheapest gm around who know one knows and won't trade with, like Babcock