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Old 01-20-2008, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA: Raptors midway report card

The Toronto Raptors reached the halfway point of their regular-season schedule with Saturday's loss in Philadelphia. The team has battled inconsistency from almost all its players and two key injuries to go 22-19, good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Below are the mid-term grades for all of the Raptors, highlighted by one particular disappointment:

Andrea Bargnani
If anything, the sophomore has regressed this season. He must develop a post presence on both ends of the floor.
D

Maceo Baston
He had a few spot starts, but did not impress Mitchell enough to dress him on most nights.
D

Chris Bosh
He was not up to his standards to start the year, but has still been the most crucial and productive cog on the team.
B+

Jose Calderon
The Spanish point guard, pictured above, has perfected his efficient offence. The next frontier is becoming at least an average defensive player.
A-

Carlos Delfino
The team's best one-on-one defender, Delfino's shot selection needs refining to earn him even more minutes.
B

Juan Dixon
The backup guard's shot has been off, keeping him out of the rotation. He performed decently playing out of position at the point, but could not keep it up.
D+

T.J. Ford
The Texan was having his most efficient offensive season as the Raptors' starting point guard before a neck injury cast his year, and career, into doubt.
Inconclusive

Jorge Garbajosa

For the Raptors' purposes, Garbajosa's season ended when he decided to play for Spain in the summer.
Inconclusive

Joey Graham
He has contributed for games at a time but, as always, he needs to find more consistency.
C

Kris Humphries
The Minnesota product played the best basketball of his career in December, but his production has slid in the new year.
B-

Jason Kapono
Some games, the small forward's shot is a necessary weapon for the Raptors. In others, he fades into the background.
C

Darrick Martin
At this stage of his career, Martin is primarily a veteran voice to rely on. He cannot be relied on to run the point anymore.
D+

Jamario Moon
Compared to what was expected of him, he is an A+. The forward can be explosive, but he still has to learn where his shots are in the offence.
B+

Rasho Nesterovic
The veteran centre can be counted on for rebounding and defence. But with Bargnani starting, there are not many minutes for him.
C+

Anthony Parker
Suffered through another slow start, but he is in the process of emerging as Toronto's best offensive option at swingman.
B

Sam Mitchell
Bargnani's development is a concern, but the fourth-year coach has coaxed 22 wins out of a team missing its top point guard.
B+

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Old 01-20-2008, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks Ivan!

Koreen was alot more generous with his grades than TSN were last week. No F's from Koreen.
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Thanks Ivan!

Koreen was alot more generous with his grades than TSN were last week. No F's from Koreen.
I agree with his grades... for the most part anyway...
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Carlos Delfino
The team's best one-on-one defender, Delfino's shot selection needs refining to earn him even more minutes.
B
The guy needs to develop some consistency with his offensive game.
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Old 01-20-2008, 10:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would give rasho a better grade, common when he started, he barely made mistakes.
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