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Jack (adds much needed depth @ PG) 8 17.39%
Belinelli (much needed scoring off the bench, possibly starting) 8 17.39%
Derozan (If he develops quickly) 12 26.09%
Evans (Much needed help on the boards behind Bosh) 3 6.52%
Rasho (Finally a solid 1-2 punch @ C) 2 4.35%
All of them, it's a collective effort) 13 28.26%
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Excluding Turkoglu because that would be the obvious answer, who out of our new players are you looking most at to make the biggest impact (probably off the bench). Who will impact most games this season and help us thrive?
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I'm thinking either Rasho or Evans.
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Andrea Bargnani. No ifs ands or buts about it. If he doesn't bring it, we won't be a very good team. He's part of our front court and probably the hardest to guard piece of it. How many big men can keep up with Bargnani?
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Andrea Bargnani. No ifs ands or buts about it. If he doesn't bring it, we won't be a very good team. He's part of our front court and probably the hardest to guard piece of it. How many big men can keep up with Bargnani?
He should be an option, if not the chemistry overall of all the guys working together.
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Bargnani is a big part of the x factor because we will see if he can play for a complete season
an other part of the factor I think it is if turkoglu was worth signing
and the last part is DD if can be in the all nba second rookie team he will meet my expectation
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Bargnani is a big part of the x factor because we will see if he can play for a complete season
an other part of the factor I think it is if turkoglu was worth signing
and the last part is DD if can be in the all nba second rookie team he will meet my expectation
My expectation for Doomsday (demar derozan) is to do what Moon failed to do, attack the rim every chance you get and get into the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
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My expectation for Doomsday (demar derozan) is to do what Moon failed to do, attack the rim every chance you get and get into the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
I totally agree
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A majority of people are picking the all of them option? You indecisive bastard.

Hands down its Jack. This team functioned at a higher level when TJ and Jose were gelling. Now they're going to have two starting caliber PGs in the lineup again. Jack will lead that second unit and may get burn down the stretch when they need D and Jose isn't bringing it. He's a huge piece to the Raptors' success.
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Agreed Apollo!

So many picking DD as well...the kid's what, 18? If he can contribute in any way close to the way Courtney Lee did for the Magic last year, I will be extremely happy. I hope you are not all hoping for VC 2.1 (with extra heart!) though. As for the dunk contest, i really couldn't care less if he goes to that...Moon went, and showed he wasn't in Howard's class. To say the DD will be the main X-factor is too much to ask of him.

Jack, on the other hand, should really shore up our 6th man spot. Defensively aggressive, experienced, confident, and offensively versatile, he can come in and run the team, get a few of his own, and keep his cover in front of him. Can the same be said of any of the rest of the bench?
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Jack helps out with the greatest weakness last season. He can allow Jose to play through the grind, and along with Wright, and hopefully 3-D, firm up the perimeter defense.
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Bargnani.

If he doesn't live up to the contract he just signed, and reverts back to being a 7 ft Kapono the Raps stand virtually no chance of advancing in the playoffs. He's going to have to be rock solid in the middle for the others to have big years.
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when I think of X-factor I think of a guy off the bench that people don't expect much of. Turk, Bargs, Bosh Jose are expected to be our core guys. I think Beli will be the unexpected difference maker.
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Bargnani.

If he doesn't live up to the contract he just signed, and reverts back to being a 7 ft Kapono the Raps stand virtually no chance of advancing in the playoffs. He's going to have to be rock solid in the middle for the others to have big years.
I agree. What makes him special is his speed and versatility. He scores a three, then the centers play him closer and he blows buy them. He needs to realise his versatility and use it to his own advantage.
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When you bring in a high quality backup point guard whose strengths lie where your starting point guard is weak, that's huge - especially in an area as significant as perimeter defense. Has to be Jack.
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When you bring in a high quality backup point guard whose strengths lie where your starting point guard is weak, that's huge - especially in an area as significant as perimeter defense. Has to be Jack.
And if you play them together, because of their various different skill sets, they will have a lot of success. It's a better combo than Calderon and Ford.
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of course, it would be hedy

beyond that, by far bargnani, in the sense that nobody knows if he'll play like last season
We hope to, and chances are he will, but we aren't sure

BUT, he was almost like in a contract year, and he has a history of inconsistency.
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when I think of X-factor I think of a guy off the bench that people don't expect much of. Turk, Bargs, Bosh Jose are expected to be our core guys. I think Beli will be the unexpected difference maker.
I completely agree. If/When Belinelli is coming off the bench he should be one of the main scorers, him & Jack + it depends on which starters remain on the floor with them.

I would love to see this on the floor once in a while:

Jack
Beli
Turkoglu
Bargs
Rasho

or

Jack
Beli or Derozan
Wright
Bosh
Bargs

Alot of interesting combinations available to the coaching staff
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Heh, I look at this a bit differently. With Jack, Rasho, and Evans, you know what you're going to get. So if you're looking at DeRozan and Belinelli, well, I'd put my money on DeRozan.

The real x-factor, to me, is Jay Triano. The success of this team mainly hinges on how he gets this group to play defense.
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The real x-factor, to me, is Jay Triano. The success of this team mainly hinges on how he gets this group to play defense.
Since he knows jack shit about defence, i think that actually falls on Iavaroni since that's why he brought here for (Defence).
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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The team option shouldn't have been added to the poll.

I initially voted for DD but after some thought JJ is the main x-factor. He's in control of our second unit. With a brand new second unit that's never played with each other before JJ's success or failure in helping role players do their job is the difference between making the playoffs vs being contenders.
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