Raptors may have interest in Ty Lawson
Old 06-11-2009, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New assistant coach thinks draft prospect will fit in well in NBA

Jun 11, 2009 04:30 AM
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Bryan Colangelo made no secret of the fact he wanted to find a way to improve the depth at point guard for the Raptors back when the NBA's regular season ended.

He's got one guy on the staff now who can help bring about that improvement and a potential draft pick worked out yesterday who might be the answer as well.

With the addition of Alvin Williams to the coaching staff now a mere formality he's in town and working full-time even before he signs his contract as a basketball development coach with Toronto the Raptors had 6-foot North Carolina guard Ty Lawson in for a look.

Whether or not Lawson's a legitimate possibility for Toronto's ninth pick in the June 25 draft is debatable; what isn't open for discussion is the fact Williams will work with whomever the Raptors decide constitutes their backcourt.

"When I was coming up, it was, `Pass the ball and get away' and let other guys create," said Williams. "These guys are so talented with the basketball and they get a lot of freedom to do a lot. The point guard play has changed. That's something I have to get used to.

"I know when I played, I passed the ball to Vince (Carter) and got out of the way. You see guys like Jose (Calderon), who's very good with the ball, creating for other teammates."

Lawson, who led the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship earlier this year, isn't cut from the same cloth as Williams. He's about five inches shorter and a couple of steps quicker but his game should translate well into today's NBA.

"It's a fast-paced game, a lot of screen-rolls, getting into the lane," said Lawson. "The NBA's turned into a small point guard's (league) so I think I fit right into the NBA.

"(The Raptors) wouldn't bring me in if they weren't interested. They must like my game a little bit."

They do, but they like a handful of other players, too. Senior director of player personnel Jim Kelly wouldn't say exactly who the Raptors have ranked where, but did say there is a final list compiled from a rather small group to start with.

"I think this year ... we've only had four workout days, our numbers are very concise this year and we're trying to get people we think we're going to be interested in here," he said. "Our numbers are down and our focus is really starting to narrow in."

For Williams, Lawson's skill set puts him high on the list of draft-eligible point guards.

"I like him, he did well today," the new coach said. "He's a good finisher around the basket. ... He's a good point guard, he manages the team well and he comes from an A-plus program, they won the national championship so you know he has all the qualities."
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I'd be OK with Flynn or Lawson
good change of pace behind Caldy
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I'll tell you this much.. I wouldn't be happy with Flynn or Lawson at 9. We'd have to trade down and get something.
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Agreed - I like Lawson and Flynn, just not that high.
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Agreed - I like Lawson and Flynn, just not that high.
I agree, plus if we get Lawson or Flynn what the fuck will we get late in the first round? That is if we get another pick in the first round (20-30?).

I just can`t see BC picking one of these two ahead of Evans,Derozan, Henderson,Holiday or even Curry if one or a couple of them are available.
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Lawson looks like he'll go 20-25 right now so if we got him, it'd be with a bought pick
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idont understand y r we going to draft a pg... roko is going to be better than last year i think he can be the back up to jose... we NEED to address our 2 and 3 spot ASAP.. not our back up pg roko has 1 year under his belt he has is going to understand the nba game more.. roko is 6-5 pg and he has the speed of pg and he can play D... i just dont see the point in getting a PG.
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idont understand y r we going to draft a pg... roko is going to be better than last year i think he can be the back up to jose... we NEED to address our 2 and 3 spot ASAP.. not our back up pg roko has 1 year under his belt he has is going to understand the nba game more.. roko is 6-5 pg and he has the speed of pg and he can play D... i just dont see the point in getting a PG.
Well i agree that we need to address our 2/3 spots. But i have absolutely no confidence in Roko in the least, and i think we need to address the Backup PG position but not through the draft, especially not with the #9 pick. If that Dooling trade were to go through (probably no chance at all though) it would address that spot and we could concentrate on our SG/SF issues. Either way though i think BC will get a better backup for Jose, but it'll be through FA/MLE or trade.
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yea even though i believe in roko.... but i agree if we do get a backup pg it better be in FA or trade but not in the draft
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idont understand y r we going to draft a pg... roko is going to be better than last year i think he can be the back up to jose... we NEED to address our 2 and 3 spot ASAP.. not our back up pg roko has 1 year under his belt he has is going to understand the nba game more.. roko is 6-5 pg and he has the speed of pg and he can play D... i just dont see the point in getting a PG.
Maybe Roko is being groomed to play the 2/back up 2.
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Maybe Roko is being groomed to play the 2/back up 2.
A shooting guard... that can't shoot?
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Ty Evans can't really shoot. Neither can Derozan, but you've been singing their praises. So, what's the difference, Jeff?
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not really sure why people are so down on roko, i'm not saying i'm confident in him either, but people are down on roko like he's complete crap when jose was even worse than him at this point in his career
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A shooting guard... that can't shoot?
He's not going to be any more effective at the point if he doesn't learn to shoot better.
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there are many SGs in the league that really can't shoot
doesn't mean they can't be SGs, SG is just a position and positions are generally assigned to guys depending on their height
his role at SG would be to drive the ball
who shoots the ball and from where is mainly dependent on how the plays are drawn up and for who
and in the case of the Raptors we really don't need someone like roko to shoot at the SG position when we have Bosh who is a good fairly long range shooter and Bargs who is a good shooter from anywhere
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If we bought a second pick, I wouldn't mind but if not then HELL NO
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idont understand y r we going to draft a pg... roko is going to be better than last year i think he can be the back up to jose...
A while back when I had a talk with some people in the Raptor's camp BC was not sold on the backup point guard situation. It's not that the had no confidence in Roko but wasn't willing to put all his eggs in that basket. He didn't say that he would improve the back up pg through the draft, but he didn't rule it out. In any event he was definately leaning towards a wing player, which is no surprise since that is the stenght of the draft.
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Ty Evans can't really shoot. Neither can Derozan, but you've been singing their praises. So, what's the difference, Jeff?
Singing their praises?

Seriously though, i don't see Ukic improving that much. Evans/Derozan have more athletic ability in their big toe then Ukic has overall, and i have way more confidence in their ability to get better quickly vs Roko. I'm just not the least bit sold on Ukic as a backup 1 or 2 that's all.
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I don't have Evans exact percentage but from the videos and clips I've seen of him, he can sure as hell shoot the ball.
Reminds me sorta of Gilbert Arenas.
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I like Ukic and all, but the more I think about how he plays the game the more of a Zoran Planninic vibe I get from.
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