SI: Season report cards
Old 04-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Under former coach Jay Triano, the Raptors played defense as if they were afraid of contracting a contagious disease, arriving late on rotations and avoiding contact whenever possible as they surrendered the most points per possession for two years in a row. Without revamping the roster -- the top 10 players in minutes this season were here last year -- coach Dwane Casey has changed the culture enough to elevate Toronto's defensive efficiency from 30th to 14th. In the category of points in the paint given up, the jump is from 30th to fourth. Part of that is making opponents earn it at the line. Toronto has committed nearly 100 more fouls than any other team this season. Not surprisingly, this rugged approach has been embraced more thoroughly by grinders such as small forward James Johnson and power forward Amir Johnson. Casey's next challenge is doing away with the stereotype of the "soft" European: Spaniard Jose Calderon has been by far the team's worst defender this season; Italian Andrea Bargnani played staunch defense early, but tailed off after returning from a chronic calf injury; and everyone is excited about the pending arrival of Lithuanian forward Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick in 2011, who played overseas this season.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would honestly give the team as a whole (Casey and Players) higher than this. C+ or B-. In comparison to my expectations that's a more reasonable grade. But there was not enough player development for my liking. Whether that's a coaching or player issue is beyond me.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the pending arrival of Lithuanian forward Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick in 2011

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Casey is a keeper. Triano is will never be a head coach in the NBA. At least he is part of history of having the worst defensive efficiency for two consecutive years.
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Originally Posted by KoolAid View Post
the pending arrival of Lithuanian forward Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick in 2011

he can be considered a PF, so it's not way off
forwards are both SF and PF
most likely he'll play C, but he could in theory play PF if we'd want him to
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Triano's downfall was being too soft on the team, it kinda felt like he was a "supply teacher" that we used to get back in the days of school. In class, some kids still worked, but nobody REALLY listened and REALLY gave 100%. I don't believe it was Triano's defensive philosophy, it was just getting the team to listen and stick to it.
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