Pre-season Game 1: Raptors vs 76ers

Toronto Raptors 98
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 107
Game Scoreboard

Game 1 of the pre-season schedule is now in the books for the Raptors and the 76ers. 

Initial observations from last night:

TORONTO RAPTORS, 0-1

POS

PLAYER

MP

GOOD

BAD

Starters

PG

Calderon

16

KPM/+7; #FG%/50.0 [1-2]

TO/4; Ast:To/2:4; Poor ball containment vs Picks; Little positive energy

OG

Belinelli

28

Ast/4

KPM/-2; Rebs/0; TO/4; Cannot check bigger than his height

SF

DeRozan

27

KPM/+8; Rebs/4; Ast:TO/3:1; Physically athletic

Poor close-outs and 1-on-1 defense; Physically, over-matched at #3/SF, lacks strength; Cannot check bigger than his height

PF

Evans

18+

KPM/+2; Ast:TO/3:2; High energy; Physically strong

PF/5; Struggles finishing inside; Poor individual defense; Poor Pick defense; Lacks lateral agility

C

Bargnani

22

KPM/+18; FG%/64.3 [9-14]; 3FG%/66.7 [2-3]; Shot-fake & Drive Right to finish

Ast:TO/0:2; Rebs/3; Drive Left to finish; Lacks finish ability in interior game; Poor defensive transition

Key Subs

G

Jack

19

KPM/+6; FG%/80.0 [4-5]; Pysically strong

TO/4; Ast:To/3:4

G-F

Weems

19+

KPM/+7; Rebs/2; Physically athletic

FG%/40.0 [4-10]; 3FG%/00.0 [0-1]

PF

Johnson

21+

KPM/+10; Rebs/10; High energy; Physically athletic

FG%/37.5; Lacks finish ability in interior game

C

Nesterovic

18

KPM/+7; Rebs/7; BS/2

FG%/25.0 [3-12]; Lacks lateral agility

Reserves

PG

Banks

16

St/1; Physically strong

KPM/-1; FG%/33.3; PF/4; TO/4; Ast:TO/2:4

G

Douby

16+

Ast/5; Ast:TO/5-2

KPM/-2; FG%/25.0 [1-4]; 3FG%/00.0 [0-2]; PF/5; Physically, over-matched at #2/OG, lacks strength

C

O’Bryant

14+

KPM/+4; Rebs/5; St/2; BS/1; Good energy

FG%/00.0 [0-2]

Out

Bosh, Turkoglu and Wright

Head Coach

Jay Triano – Implementing increased ball movement. Instructing new players on defensive and offensive requirements. Little demonstration of physical and/or emotional engagement.

 

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, 1-0

Starters

POS

PLAYER

MP

GOOD

BAD

PG

Williams

23+

KPM/+19; FG%/75.0 [6-8]; 3FG%/66.7 [2-3]; Ast/3; Ast:TO/3:1; St/3

Indiscriminant shot selection

OG

Iguodala

25+

KPM/+12; FG%/57.1 [4-7]; 3FG%/50.0 [2-4]; Ast/8; Physically, dominant at #2/OG; High energy

TO/7; Rebs/1; Careless with the ball

SF

Young

25

KPM/+11; FG%/75.0 [3-4]; Ast/3; Ast:TO/3-0; St/2; Post-up ability vs smaller checks; High energy

Rebs/0; lacks perimeter shooting ability

PF

Brand

22+

KPM/+10; FG%/50.0 [3-6]; Rebs/5; Ast/3; Ast:TO/3:1; St/3; High BB IQ

Physically, limited by Achilles Tendon injury; Lacks lateral agility & explosiveness

C

Dalembert

22+

KPM/+7; FG%/55.6 [5-9]; Rebs/6

BS/0; Struggles closing out vs perimeter shooters

Key Subs

PG

Green

15

KPM/+12; FG%/60.0 [3-5]; Rebs/5; Ast/5; Ast:TO/5:1

 

G-F

Kapono

13+

KPM/+13; FG%/66.7 [4-6]; 3FG%/100.0 [2-2]; Ast/4: Ast:TO/4:0

PF/3; Lacks lateral agility

PF

Smith

25

KPM/+7; 3FG%/33.3 [1-3]; Rebs/6

FG%/33.3 [2-6]; PF/5; TO/3; Ast:TO/1:3; Lacks lateral agility

C

Speights

25

KPM/+2; Rebs/9; Physically, long & somewhat energetic

FG%/31.3 [5-16]; PF/5; TO/4; Ast:TO/1:4; Indiscriminant shot selection; Lacks lateral agility; Lacks solid skill base

Reserves

PG

Ivey

16

KPM/+8; Rebs/4; Ast:TO/2:1

 

G

Holiday

14

KPM/+2; FG%/50.0 [2-4]; 3FG%/100.00 [2-2]

Ast:TO/0:2; Physically, lacks strength on the ball; Tentative with dribble

G-F

Christmas

8+

KPM/+2; FG%/00.0 [0-3]; Rebs/2; Ast/1

Rushed his shot attempts

Out

Singletary, Carney, Bowman, Swift and Brezec

Head Coach

Eddie Jordan – Implementing Princeton Offense effectively. Verbally encouraging. Physically and emotionally engaged.

 

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

 

Toronto

- Will miss both Anthony Parker and Shawn Marion more than anticipated

- DeRozan is physically over-matched at this stage of his pro career

- Defense and Rebounding remain most pressing issues

- No ‘Prime Time’ Wing Player on the roster

 

Philadelphia

- Athletic starting players at the #1/PG, #2/OG and #3/SF positions

- Basket Cuts off Back Screens, and Post-ups, will be staples for Young, Iguodala, and Williams

- Lack of consistent perimeter shooting might still be a problem

- Physically, Brand is far from 100%

Both of these squads have a long way to go if they are going to contend for a playoff spot in the EC this season.

 

PS. Pre-season Game 1, video recap …

 

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10 Responses to “Pre-season Game 1: Raptors vs 76ers”

  1. brothersteve Says:

    An interesting approach to break down a game.

    The Raps looked like they were in much worse condition than the 76ers.

    Jose was pale within about a minute – I mean he looked like he was playing with the flu! I think its just that he couldn’t keep in shape during the summer while his hamstring healed but wow is he ever in bad condition.

    DeRozan/Belinelli looked really over matched playing the 2/3 together. At this point neither of these guys should be guarding a 3.

    Expecting it will be a grind through the first half of preseason – at least until CB4 and Hedo are in game shape.

  2. wryomatic5000 Says:

    Raps need to trade someone(s) from that superfluous pool of points and off-guards and get themselves a decent backup 3. That done, they’ll be fully loaded for bear.

  3. Dan Says:

    Turkoglu’s the closest thing to a “prime time” wing player and he wasn’t playing.

    Parker was terrible last year. Horrendous shooting and lost his ability to create off the bounce.

    It was the first pre-season game. Considering Antoine Wright may end up starting, or at least playing more minutes than DeRozan, the Raps were without 60% of their starting lineup. Way too early to know anything.

  4. khandor Says:

    brothersteve,

    re: Turkoglu’s absence

    Right now, this a bad sign.

    ——————————————————–

    re: Bosh’s absence

    Right now, this a bad sign.

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    re: Wright’s absence

    Right now, this is inconsequential.

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    re: DeRozan

    Please recall that the incoming players from this year’s NBA Draft that I suggested the Raptors try to acquire included:

    Earl Clark
    Terrence Williams
    Derrick Brown
    Taj Gibson
    Dante Cunningham
    Danny Green
    Marcus Thornton
    Nando De Colo

    When a guy like John Hollinger then writes in his pre-season individual player PER projections that he thinks DeRozan [at No. 9, overall], is “the riskiest pick” in the Draft this should be setting red alerts off at Bay Street & Lakeshore Blvd.

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    re: Belinelli

    The only positive I can say about his performance last night is … that he might just turn out to be a heckuva PG, down-the-road for some team in the NBA. :-)

    Against the 76ers’ players not named Holiday [rookie], Ivey [3rd-string], Christmas [undrafted rookie/training camp invite] and Speights [2nd-yr] … the back-ups on the Raptors showed themselves to be just THAT in this league, i.e. nothing more than career back-ups with major holes in their individual games.

  5. khandor Says:

    wryomatic5000,

    Welcome aboard! :-)

  6. khandor Says:

    Dan,

    1. Welcome aboard! :-)

    2. Parker spent much of the season last year trying his best to compensate for the deficiencies of the Raptors in other areas of the game, associated with the names Adams, Soloman, Ukic, O’Neal, Voskuhl, and Bargnani.

    What you’re about to see with Cleveland is that AP is still a very solid #2/OG in this league with the type of stable personality, understated individual game and overall versatility [OG/PG/SF] that will allow him to succeed in the NBA, either as a complementary starter or a highly serviceable back-up, for years to come.

    3. Wright as the starting #2/OG makes some sense … except for the fact that [A] he can’t shoot the ball effectively and [B] it then leaves a bench brigade which looks like this:

    Banks [PG?], Jack, Douby [G?], Belinelli [G-F?], DeRozan [G-F?], Weems [G-F?], Evans [PF?], Johnson, Nesterovic and O’Bryant [C?]

    and is decidedly underwhelming, from the perspective of a team that fancies itself a legit contender for a 50-win season and the #4 Playoff seed in the EC.

  7. FAQ Says:

    khandor … surely you must admit that the Raptor roster is not yet a ‘team’ worthy of the NBA. Surely you must suspect that Bosh, Bargs and Jose are greatly demoralized over the state of the Raptors, and are fearful of the upcoming season.

    The new Raptors look like a pickup team; totally unproven for NBA competition. My concern is the low bball IQ of many of the new players, and their inability to acquire or show new skills necessary to compete effectively.

    This could well be the most disastrous season yet … with the possible departure of Bosh by mid-season too.

  8. Dylan Murphy Says:

    I don’t think too much can be taken from a single pre-season game, although I agree both teams have a long way to go to be in contention. There simply isn’t enough support surrounding Bosh and Calderon and Brand and Iguodala. Check out my sports blog at dmsportsnation.blogspot.com

  9. khandor Says:

    Dylan,

    Welcome aboard! :-)

  10. khandor Says:

    FAQ,

    1. Yes, the Raptors should not be categorized as being a “team” just yet.

    2. No, I do not suspect that any of Bosh, Bargnani or Calderon are experiencing any sort of frustration about this … just yet.

    3. There doesn’t seem to be a player on this year’s squad who has a low Bball IQ.

    4. There seems to be several players on this year’s squad with major holes in their individual game’s.

    5. re: Bosh and the future of the franchise

    A. If Bosh is traded this season
    B. If Bosh signs with a new team this summer, as an UFA …

    the franchise will take a giant step backwards, before it can re-tool again.

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