The Rise and Fall of Colangelo's Raptors
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The Rise and Fall of Colangelo's Raptors

From RealGM writer Tyler Sherkin

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What has gone wrong with the Raptors? Where to begin?

It all begins a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Actually, it begins in the spring of 2006 when Bryan Colangelo took over as the new general manager for the franchise. The actual answer cannot be distilled to any one source, but every story has to have a beginning, right? If I were to be truly detailed, I'd talk about how this began on a chilly night at the end of September in 1993, but that'd be too broad a scope for this article. So, Colangelo.
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In short order, Colangelo drafted Andrea Bargnani, signed Anthony Parker and Jorge Garbajosa from overseas, brought Jose Calderon over from Spain (a legacy move from Babcock's tenure), and moved Charlie Villanueva for TJ Ford. Combined with the moves of Wayne Embry, who dumped Rafael Araujo on Utah and moved Matt Bonner and Eric Williams for Rasho Nesterovic, the Raptors suddenly looked entirely different. We had some size, some younger talent, some veteran talent, a definite infusion of perimeter shooting ability and defensive talent, and a real point guard to lead us for the first time in a while. Two, in fact.
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The key observation here is that as Bosh goes, so go the Raptors. There isn't sufficient talent on this team to really survive without him because there isn't a great deal of go-to scoring talent outside of Bosh himself. The Raptors are atrocious defensively with or without Bosh (moreso without), and their offense is considerably worse without him because he's really the only player on the team who can handle taking a high volume of possessions and be expected to convert them into points at an efficient rate. Bargnani is either incapable of this task or not yet prepared to do it, which is functionally the same to the team, and there are no other significant scorers. Hedo Turkoglu has been a spectacular flop, arguably one of Colangelo's worst moves in his time as the Raptors' general manager. A $10 million investment, he's playing not dissimilarly to the way he did in Orlando, though he's taking fewer shots per game. Ultimately, he's an over-30 player without significant athleticism, a weak individual defender who is a mediocre rebounder and not an aggressive scorer. Without Dwight Howard backing him up, he looks fairly plain and uninviting as a player. He, like Calderon and Bargnani, contribute negatively to the team's rebounding efforts from the starting lineup and presents yet another defensive hole in the team.

The question that must be asked is how long Colangelo will tolerate this state of affairs? Raptors fans grow weary of watching one of the worst defenses in the history of the sport and a team that seems to give forth lackluster effort on a consistent basis. The Raptors are fighting for a chance to lose their first round pick, since their selection in this year's draft is owed to another team unless the Raptors miss the playoffs. After serving up their 2008 pick in a trade, the Raptors are thin on young talent and the loss of that pick would make any efforts at rebuilding this franchise much more difficult. Beyond the fact that the Raptors are going to miss out on the free agent markets of both 2010 and 2011 because of committed contracts to Bargnani (his extension kicks in next year), Calderon and Hedo Turkoglu, there remains the looming specter of Chris Bosh's likely departure in free agency.

Answers are few and far between for Raptors fans, but the picture painted of their franchise's future is not for the faint of heart.
Full article here: RealGM: Showtime - The Rise And Fall Of Colangelo's Raptors
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lots of inaccuracies in this thing. Embry did not trade Hafa or Bonner, he traded Jalen. And BC had nothing to do with Jose. Hedo has been an ok rebounder for his position. There is just a lot of gloom and doom for the masochistic Raptor fanbase. Boring, and not done as well as Feschuk.
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Lots of inaccuracies in this thing. Embry did not trade Hafa or Bonner, he traded Jalen. And BC had nothing to do with Jose. Hedo has been an ok rebounder for his position. There is just a lot of gloom and doom for the masochistic Raptor fanbase. Boring, and not done as well as Feschuk.
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