Toronto Sports Media: Raptors Should Sign Joey Graham
Old 07-24-2009, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yes, I know. I can hear it already:

“Are you (bleeping) crazy?? JOEY (bleeping) GRAHAM?!”

It’s true…He was maddeningly inconsistent and excruciating to deal with at times. His midrange jumper would come and go as it pleased, and he loved to channel his inner-Jamario and settle for those same jumpers.

He’s also extremely athletic and possesses some nice basketball skills. If only he could use them all the time (and he can’t)… Graham certainly didn’t earn the “Good Joey, Bad Joey” label for nothing.

But hear me out.

Look, the Raptors teams of the past few years have been pretty unique within the NBA when it comes to shooting guards and small forwards. And by unique, I mean shitty.

What that means is that aside from the point guards (Calderon, Ford) and the big men (Bosh, Bargnani), there’s been absolutely nobody to initiate offense.

The result was that players were now being asked to

a) play more minutes than they should (or deserved)
b) take on roles unsuited for their skill sets

Think about Jason Kapono for a moment – A bust of a contract, yes, but think about his role on the Raptors. Jason freaking Kapono was actually expected to be a scorer for an NBA team…Ya, I wonder why that didn’t work out.

This year, all he’ll be asked to do is shoot. The 76ers have plenty of slashers and need a guy like Kapono to come in the game, chill at the arc, and nail triples. It’ll work, just watch.

Joey’s in a similar sort of situation. Clearly, he’s a bust in terms of where he was picked and the expectations that were laid out. Still, he’s shown signs of improving, which is when the trouble happens.

Every time Graham began to play better, he would eventually get more minutes. And they would continue to grow as the Raps searched for somebody…anybody…who wasn’t pathetic scoring from the 2-guard or small forward spot.

The problem is that Joey isn’t made for 25-35 minutes a night. He just simply doesn’t posses the basketball IQ/drive/whatever to be a big part of a successful NBA lineup.

What he does have is the ability to positively impact the game over a short period of time, and that’s what I’m proposing. Screw Carlos Delfino, who wants $5 per season. He’s not even a small forward, and that’s the real position of need for Toronto – to have someone backing up Hedo Turkoglu for 10-12 minutes each night.

I’m telling you – Joey Graham would be perfect for this role. Don’t ask him to do more, and just enjoy the energy and toughness he’ll bring for short spurts each night. Yes, guys like Von Wafer and Flip Murray are better scorers, but the Raps have addressed those needs this summer. They need some size and toughness backing up the 3 and Devean George won’t cut it.

This is my official “Sign Joey 2009″ campaign. And he’ll be really, really cheap.

It sure beats the “Sign Carlos Delfino to a ridiculous contract” scenario that just might happen in the coming days.

Oh, and sign Rasho while you’re at it, BC.

Thanks.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seriously, if we're looking to round out this roster for guys who can play the wing and 4 on occasion and be that 11th guy on the bench, and if he'd be willing to accept pretty much next to nothing, I wouldn't be opposed to it. He's not gonna get big minutes as it is. It could very well be a low risk, high reward signing.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what about the PF issues?
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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people are already saying we have enough on the SG's. so how about the 4?
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You have Bosh who will probably play 30-32 minutes. Evans will play the other leftover minutes. O"bryant plays when it's a blowout..and if Joey is back on board, in a pinch, he can play the 4.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Joey is NOT a sg, he is barely a SF. PF is his natural position but we have all seen how he can adaquatley man the sf position.

For a million or so a year I would love Joey back.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am all for having Joey or Pops back, but only so long as it doesn't interfere with the signing of Delfino or Rasho.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I like Joey playing the PF position.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yeah, i wouldnt mind keeping joey around for the bare minimum... he would at least provide comedy relief.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Joey Graham was supposed to be the wing player for the future. He had his chance, now he can't even get a contract. Give Derozan the minutes. From reports from the summer league describing Derozan's work ethic, we now have a wing player that will improve year after year. The same can't be said about Joey.
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I'd take Joey back. Then at least one of the guys i met at Hooters last year would still be on the team
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No thank you definatly not it's time to move on from Joey!

The only reason we are even talking about him is cause Barnes was scooped up by Orlando.
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I loved Joey Graham's swagger and toughness he brought to this team, I would welcome Joey G in a second. My moment from Joey was when he knocked horns with Scalabrine.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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joey for cheap for lil minutes will fit well with this team
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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joey for cheap for lil minutes will fit well with this team
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If BC can bring back joey for cheap to play some minutes @ SF im all 4 it. Joey can bring energy and agressiveness off the bench in spurts 4 the raps
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For the minimum I wouldn't mind. Anything over that is too much
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For the minimum I wouldn't mind. Anything over that is too much
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Any guy who ASKS to guard to D12 has some value IMO.

I would take him back in a heartbeat for a mill or so.

Always helps that he really WANTS to be here too.

Paying Delfino $5M (or whatever) when we could have Joey for a quarter of the price is crazy.
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Any guy who ASKS to guard to D12 has some value IMO.

I would take him back in a heartbeat for a mill or so.

Always helps that he really WANTS to be here too.

Paying Delfino $5M (or whatever) when we could have Joey for a quarter of the price is crazy.
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