The Sport Count: A Team With No Future - The Toronto Raptors
Old 09-26-2009, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last time we dared suggest Toronto could be construed as a less-than-AAA-grade team, half the city clicked through to question our sexuality and mental capacity. Which, while entertaining, hasn’t changed the fact that the team is a house of cards, and some key pieces are likely to disappear or drop-off very soon. Here’s why:

Bosh has become the face of the franchise, but there’s a very good chance he leaves this off-season. Toronto’s future is contingent on Bosh staying. This can’t be overstated. But even if the club fronts the cash to max him, they still entertain his weaknesses for the duration of it: Bosh has never shown great defensive aplomb, lacking the big-man ability to genuinely control the paint. He doesn’t bang down low, not in the way franchise big men like Shaq or Olajuwon did, or Dwight is doing now. He’s excellent with his face to the basket, but once his lateral movement and mid-range game drops off — which it will — he potentially becomes Yi Jianlian on a way bigger contract. Bosh has to learn to be a big body to remain effective in his later career.

Turkoglu’s form at the end of last season was unquestionably excellent. If his worth was to be valued on his performances from February through to the finals — which Toronto did — the $55M is justifiable. But can he maintain that form? He’ll turn 30 this year, which is the traditional point players begin to drop-off. This could have been the reason for his effective no-show in the Euro championship in the off-season. His un-guardable step-under jump shot worked because defence had to cover Dwight in the paint and Rashard on the other wing, but it’s questionable whether Toronto has this sort of potent inside-outside threat. Bosh occupies the middle well, but Bargnani’s surprising long-range competency is not Rashard.

Calderon is a first-rate, day-in-day-out point man. But he can only be as effective as his finishers — he’s shown that he’s not a Chris Paul or Agent Zero type. He isn’t the type to take over a game.

While these three key pieces create a very firm foundation, and Bargnani looks to be finally beginning to justify his number one pick, Colangelo has surrounded them with — to be blunt — a deep roster of complete fucking potatoes. Who out of this list is the glue-guy, the heart of team that can fire-up the starters in a clutch situation? Seriously:

∑ Marcus Banks: a $4m contract , and he averaged 9 minutes of playing time in 22 games last season.

∑ Marco Bellinelli: serviceable numbers off the bench, but that was in a Nellie system. His real-game is much lower.

∑ DeMar DeRozan: this kid is exciting, and a human highlight reel, but the history of super-athletic, low-basketball-IQ players isn’t great.

∑ Quincy Douby: Marcus Banks with a less disgusting contract.

∑ Reggie Evans: career averages of 4 points and 7 boards. Horribly, one of the better frontcourt outputs in this bench list.

∑ Jarrett Jack: a potential talent, who — again — will be limited to a back-up role.

∑ Amir Johnson: like having a quarter of Greg Oden on your team.

∑ Rasho Nesterovic: a million years old, but good for 7 points and 4 boards. He earns more money this year than Andrew Bynum.

∑ Patrick O’Bryant: raw, possibly deserves more court time than he got at Boston, but will he see it as a third-string centre?

∑ Sonny Weems: averaged less than two points in 12 games for Denver last year.

∑ Antoine Wright: 7 points, 2 rebounds in 24 minutes last season.

∑ Jake Voskuhl (FA): utter non-event.

∑ Joey Graham (FA): quite reasonable bench output. At least there’s one guy.

This list struggles to evidence a player that can provide Luke Walton effort, or Leon Powe dependability, or even Kyle Korver single-talent help. Meanwhile, Reggie Evans, Marcus Banks and Rasho alone will combine to take up $16M of cap space this year, and are effectively untradeable due to their talent-to-contract ratio.

Toronto, on the back of their recent successes should be starting another year as potential conference finalists. But they don’t, because the 82 games of the regular season will drain their studs, and there’s zero depth to pick up the slack. On the upside, watching DeMar’s ridiculous hops all season should make for great TV.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wha a fucking shitty piece.

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Oh really?
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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:bored: another blogger spewing hate for the Raptors. It must be in vogue now
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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this was a very very shitty article.

It really looks like a bait. Meh....
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh, and this was one of his recent Tweets too:

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Old 09-26-2009, 11:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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since when is don maclain writing basketball articles?
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Reggie Evans, Marcus Banks and Rasho alone will combine to take up $16M of cap space this year
So, 4.9+4.5+1.9=16?
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Jarrett Jack: a potential talent, who — again — will be limited to a back-up role.

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Old 09-26-2009, 01:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This thing is all kinds of wrong. If it was printed up on paper it wouldn't be good enough to wipe my ass with.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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30 is the traditional point that players start to drop off. That one made me laugh like a horse on meth. It's just like Christmas and first communion. Utterly stupid, and mostly illiterate to boot.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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BTW, someone should let this Jerk Off know that Joey Graham is in Denver.
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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BTW, someone should let this Jerk Off know that Joey Graham is in Denver.
Actually it was funny that the only positive thing he said about the Raptors was referring to Joey Graham
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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so aside from being a bag of douche, this guy's saying that Belinelli's #'s were only "good" because of Nellie's system?
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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so aside from being a bag of douche, this guy's saying that Belinelli's #'s were only "good" because of Nellie's system?
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Yeah, that was hillarious. If anything it held him back, especially considering he hates playing his younger players and he jerked him and a few other players around.
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Guys, its the same shit in good years as in bad years. It won't change until the Raptors actually do something and so why even waste a brain cell on these d-bags?
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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it's not laughable, it's true.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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If you check out their site, these guys hate almost everyone - consider it writing whatever comes off the top of one's head without bothering to check if any of its true. Just for laughs - at least one would have to hope they're not serious.

Voskuhl and Graham aren't on the Raptors.
Rasho signed for the bi-annual exception $1.9m.
Unfortunately Marco earns more than $4m.

They aren't even trying to get things right. So take it for what it is - an entertaining rant to get hits on their site.
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So, 4.9+4.5+1.9=16?
I assume he still thinks Rasho has that 8 mill a year contract. This guy needs to do his homework.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Oh, and this was one of his recent Tweets too:
what the fuck "10% shows wahts wrong with canada"


what a douche. man, canada has come out with some damn good talent in music, sports, acting, etc..


i don't understand how Raptors fans can exolain "What's wrong"(his words not mine) with canada and he even throws in the internet.


*inserts balls in this guys mouth.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:40 PM   #20 (permalink)
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If you check out their site, these guys hate almost everyone - consider it writing whatever comes off the top of one's head without bothering to check if any of its true. Just for laughs - at least one would have to hope they're not serious.

Voskuhl and Graham aren't on the Raptors.
Rasho signed for the bi-annual exception $1.9m.
Unfortunately Marco earns more than $4m.

They aren't even trying to get things right. So take it for what it is - an entertaining rant to get hits on their site.
Well, this is why sometimes bloggers get a bad rap. If you are a sports blogger, hope you are not lumped together with this genius.
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