Source of Raptors’ on-going defensive problems

Last season the Raptors finished 4th in the Atlantic Division and 13th, overall, in the Eastern Conference [i.e. 33-49/402].

Offensively, they scored 99.0 Points Per Game [16th in the NBA].
Defensively, they allowed 101.9 Points Per Game [20th in the NBA].
In terms of Points Scored Differential, they finished with a Per Game mark of -2.9 [23rd in the NBA].  
In terms of Rebounding Differential, they finished with a Per Game mark of -1.5 [22nd in the NBA].

Thus far, this season, Toronto is:

* 2nd in the Atlantic Division and 10th, overall, in the Eastern Conference [i.e. 7-11/.389];

* 4th in Points Scored Per Game [104.9]

* 29th in Points Allowed Per Game [109.4]

* 23rd in Points Scored Differential Per Game [-4.4]

* 20th in Rebounding Differential Per Game [-0.4] 

How much is the roster really improved for the 2009-2010 Toronto Raptors, compared with the 2008-2009 version?

Role

2008-2009

2009-2010

’09-10 COMPARISON

OFF

DEF

REB

TOT

COACHES

Head

S-Mitchell

J-Triano

+

-

0

0

Assistant

M-Evans

M-Iavaroni

?

-

+

0

Assistant

A-English

A-English

0

0

0

0

Assistant

J-Triano

M-Nori

?

?

?

?

STARTERS

1

J-Calderon

J-Calderon

0

0

0

0

2

A-Parker

D-DeRozan

0

-

0

-

3

S-Marion

H-Turkoglu

+

-,-

-

-

4

C-Bosh

C-Bosh

+

0

+

+

5

A-Bargnani

A-Bargnani

+

0

+

+

KEY SUBS

6

R-Ukic

J-Jack

+

0

0

+

7

J-Kapono

M-Belinelli

0

0

0

0

8

J-Graham

A-Wright

0

0

0

0

9

P-M-Bonsu

A-Johnson

0

0

0

0

10

J-Voskuhl

R-Nesterovic

+

0

+

+

RESERVES

11

M-Banks

S-Weems

+

+

+

+

12

P-O’Bryant

P-M-Bonsu

0

0

+

+

EXTRAS/OUT

13

Q-Douby

M-Banks

0

0

0

0

14

K-Humphries

R-Evans

-

-

0

-

15

N-Jawai

P-O’Bryant

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

-1; +7

-6; +1

-1; +6

-3; +6

Legend:

[+] – Upgrade vs. last season; [-] – Downgrade vs. last season; [0] – Same vs. last season; [?] – Undetermined vs. last season; Grey Shade – New Add this season.

The main problem the Raptors have right now is rooted in the Basketball Philosophy of its Management Team which continues to place far too much emphasis on the Individual Offensive ability of specific players and not nearly enough emphasis on those same players’ Individual Defensive ability.

Until the Raptors add more multi-dimensional players to their roster with the ability to defend their position[s] effectively AND reward those players with additional playing time during important parts of games, Toronto will continue to be little more than a high scoring [entertaining?] Treadmill Team.

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