RGM: 30 Teams, 30 Days: Toronto Draft Preview
Old 06-13-2008, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pre-Draft 2008-09 Projected Starters:
PG Jose Calderon
SG Anthony Parker
SF Jamario Moon
PF Chris Bosh
C Rasho Nesterovic
Key Reserves:
PG T.J. Ford
SG Carlos Delfino
SF Jason Kapono
PF Andrea Bargnani

What the Raptors Do Well:

The Raptors are a rising beast in the East and they like to believe that eventually they will be the best team in the conference. However, they are being built by Bryan Colangelo, the same guy who couldn’t direct a title to the Valley of the Sun. His borders are spilling with talent, but he is unable to corral them into a single unit worthy of reaching ABC in the playoffs.

Jose Calderon and TJ Ford have battled recently for the starting point guard spot, but its become obvious that its time for Calderon to lead this team and for Ford to be sent off for some interior help. Maybe send Ford to the Knicks for Zach Randolph – it would help both teams!

Chris Bosh continued his accent into the upper echelon of the NBA, averaging a team high 22.3 and 8.7 rebounds. He was a beast in the paint and only expects to get better. The only problem is that he is a 6-10 intimidator and he has only been capable of a career-low 1.0 blocks per game, which was a his worst ever this season, further emphasizing his lack of aggressiveness and intensity in the paint recently.

Anthony Parker had a solid season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2. assists, 0.96 steals and a jumper that will put a dagger in your eye. Parker has fueled this fiery team back into contention and has been one of the primary reasons the Raps are a force to be reckoned with this season.

Greatest Areas of Improvement:

Active Rebounder: The Raptor frontline is very weak, aside from the rising star Chris Bosh. Rasho Nesterovic isn’t an ideal big man and Andrea Bargnani still hasn’t figured out where the paint is. The Raps need a guy who is going to draw charges, hack a player going to the hoop, and rip down a tough board or two.

Upgrade at Small Forward: With the loss of Jorge Garbajosa to season-ending injury last year, the Raptors had a huge void at the three position. They can use this year’s Draft pick to upgrade a position that rookie Jamario Moon held onto last season.

Who’s Gone Number 17 Recently?

Over the past five years, the 17th pick has yielded some players that are reaching the cusp of All Star caliber and players with basically the same name. Josh Smith and Danny Granger are elevating to new levels and Sean and Shawne Williams are hoping that a Shawn Williams emerges this year to follow suit at 17.

2007
Sean Williams, New jersey Nets

2006
Shawne Williams, Indiana Pacers

2005
Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers

2004
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks

2003
Zarko Cabarkapa, Phoenix Suns

Who Should the Raptors Target?

For more in-depth analysis and background regarding the players that the Raptors should target in this year’s Draft, click on each player name to be redirected to Christopher Reina’s Prospect Report piece.

- Robin Lopez of Stanford

For a team looking to add a big man willing to get dirty under the hoop, Robin Lopez is their man. He is a pest on the defensive side of the ball and isn’t afraid to take a charge. Many compare his game (and hair) to that of Anderson Varejao, which no team would rather be without.

- Nicolas Batum

Batum is an interesting pick here for the Raptors. They have Jamario Moon at the small forward position and not much else. Technically, Jason Kapono is listed at small forward, but we all know that his shooting tendencies often make him seem more like a shooting guard, always looking to nail a key 3-pointer. Batum could provide the Raptors with another European player who could put the ball in the hole and offer tough perimeter defense with his long arms and lateral quickness.

- Javale McGee of Nevada

While McGee has been mentioned in plenty of Draft Previews leading up to the Toronto edition, he may very well still be on the board. The Raptors really have no threat inside the box other than Bosh, and McGee could offer them a two-dimensional attack down low that would be tough for opponents to contain.

- Donte Greene of Syracuse

Donte Greene gives the team a young athletic wingman who can run the floor and finish in transition. He is a bit redundant to Jamario Moon, but has plenty more potential, not to mention he’s 8 years younger. Greene gives them another option at the small forward position who could evolve into a key contributor down the road.

Picks Over the Past Five Years

The Raptors were fortunate when Chris Bosh fell to them in the 2003 Draft, and lucked out again when everyone thought they were reaching on Charlie Villanueva in 2005. However, Bargnani is looking like a bust early on in his career, they took Joey Graham over Danny Granger, and Rafael Araujo is well…terrible.

2007
None

2006
Andrea Bargnani, 1st
P.J. Tucker, 35th
Edin Bavcic, 56th

2005
Charlie Villanueva, 7th
Joey Graham, 16th
Roko Ukic, 41st
Uros Slokar, 58th

2004
Rafael Araujo, 8th
Albert Miralles, 39th

2003
Chris Bosh, 4th
Remon Van de Hare, 52nd
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't feel so good looking at that roster... sorry, just my opinon. We're definitely lacking.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why?

Add in a draft pick and whatever TJ fetches, Hump (who wasn't included) and we're not that bad.
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I don't feel so good looking at that roster... sorry, just my opinon. We're definitely lacking.
i totally agree with Hoops on that one... the roster looks weak.
theres nothing there that screams playoffs.
i dunno man.
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think we're still a middle of the pack team in the east, with a coach who's still learning about his roster and a roster with some glaring holes. We're running dangerously close to that post-second round Carter era where mediocrity for a couple of seasons became outright ugliness.
There's still four teams that are much more talented above us, and i dont see a number 17 pick and whatever tj brings in being that much of a difference maker. Right now, that number one pick of ours a couple of seasons ago is our best chance and hope at vaulting forward in the east. There's something there, there has to be. If No.7 doesn't improve and is as many believe, a bust, then that leaves us with mediocrity borderng on ugliness for the next couple of seasons.
The only bright side is that Colangelo has left himself some serious cap flexibility in 09-10.
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i totally agree with Hoops on that one... the roster looks weak.
theres nothing there that screams playoffs.
i dunno man.
We made the playoffs with that roster. Not only that it's a much better roster than we had at the end of 06 whe Colangelo came on.It's just the begining here, i'm patient enough to know that it's a process and only two years removed from a horrible 27 win season. And i have faith that we'll be better next season from what BC does in the next month or two.
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why?

Add in a draft pick and whatever TJ fetches, Hump (who wasn't included) and we're not that bad.
i don't know..not bad - but not good either. we look like a 7-8th seed team if you ask me.
Mind you who knows what a trade will bring in.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Patience is the key, be patient with Bargnani, be patient about this pick...i trust Colangelo to make this team eventually a very solid team, right now the roster is lacking abit, we just need another young option
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think we should draft Shaun Williams.
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On the whole our roster looks mediocre. However, we're incredibly strong at two key positions: PF and PG and our bench after that isn't too bad as well.

It's our SG/SF postions which really irk me. Again though, we're potentially looking at two all star players at PG and PF and those are good building blocks.
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I believe that we need a dominant C along with 2nd option at the SF. at this point maggette would be a good trade for ford along with graham.
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I believe that we need a dominant C along with 2nd option at the SF. at this point maggette would be a good trade for ford along with graham.
ICAM. If we can get Magette for Ford/Graham.Than somehow go get a decent C that can give us rebounding help than it would be pretty good Summer.Maybe Rasho/Hump and or Baston can land us a good C.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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there are very few good C to start with. Why would a team trade him for a lesser center with a big salary? We have to pray that Bargnani becomes that type of player, or we draft somebody and get *really* lucky. I prefer to believe in the first option ...
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Why the fuck would we want Zach Randolph? WTF?

I'd feel so much better about this team if we even had Kendrick Perkins as our starting C instead of Bargnani, let alone a Dalembert or Biedrins. Part of me wants to see Bargs fail so we don't have to deal with a frontcourt with WNBA style defense.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Defensively, and I'm talking straight up, man to man in the Paint, Bargnani was our best post defender. Played VERY well one on one against the leagues top guys.

Anything above and beyond was a total debacle though, he seemed lost completely lost at times when he had to rotate to help.

I hope to hell he figures that out.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:58 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Kinda.

But Wade is washed up before the age of 25.

Hello, this is the 90's calling, we would like you to give us Harold Miner back.

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Wow and there's a name I thought I had forgotten about. Harold freaking Minor; up there with Darvin Ham and Isiah Rider.
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Oh snap. Harold Minor.
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