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Best line-up for the Raptors [2009-2010]

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

According to published reports, Toronto will use the the following line-up for this evening’s first game of the regular season [at home vs Cleveland]:

ROLE

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

STARTERS

Jose
Calderon

DeMar DeRozan

Hedo
Turkoglu

Chris
Bosh*

Andrea Bargnani

KEY SUBS

Jarrett
Jack

Marco
Belinelli

Antoine
Wright

Amir
Johnson*

Rasho Nesterovic*

RESERVES

Marcus
Banks

 

 

 

Patrick O’Bryant

EXTRAS/INACTIVE

 

Quincy
Douby

Sonny
Weems

Reggie
Evans*

 

* - Solid rebounder at this position. 

The final standings in the Eastern Conference this season will most likely feature an exceptionally close finish between the No. 6 and No. 12 positions, as every team below the top 3 entries … i.e. Boston, Cleveland and Orlando, aka, Tier One … may be capable of playing well enough to legitimately compete for the 8th playoff position. 

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Q1. What do the Raptors need to do in oder to give themselves the best possible chance of being in the playoff hunt for the entire season?

A1. Play their best players at their best positions AND set aside the damaged egos of those in the organization who still believe that former 2006 No. 1 [overall] Draft Pick, Andrea Bargnani [7-0, 250], has done enough, to point this in his NBA career, to warrant designation as the team’s Starting Center, in place of Chris Bosh [6-10, 230].

If the Raptors eventually use the following line-up, instead, this season:

ROLE

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

STARTERS

Jose

Calderon

DeMar DeRozan

Hedo

Turkoglu

Amir

Johnson*

Chris

Bosh*

KEY SUBS

Jarrett

Jack

Marco

Belinelli

Antoine

Wright

Reggie

Evans*

Andrea Bargnani

RESERVES

Marcus

Banks

 

 

Rasho Nesterovic*

 

EXTRAS/INACTIVE

 

Quincy

Douby

Sonny

Weems

 

Patrick O’Bryant

* - Solid rebounder at this position. 

which provides better balance overall for their team, by improving the Rebounding and Defense of their starting unit AND the Offensive fire-power coming from their bench …

they will give themselves the best chance possible to:

1. Make the playoffs;
2. Earn a Top 6 seed;
3. Win their 1st Round series; and,
4. RETAIN the services of their lone All-Star, Chris Bosh, when he exercises his right to pursue unrestricted free agency next summer.

The major problems with this year’s Raptors team …

i. Relatively poor Rebounding;
ii. Poor Transition Defense; and,
iii. Very poor Pick & Roll/Pop Defense;

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For the importance of ii. and iii. …

The Second Big Man
Transition defense is a very important part of the NBA game. It’s one of the two most important areas of defense; the other is pick and roll defense. Every team spends a tremendous amount of time on these areas, and Stopping these two areas of the game is what leads teams to very successful seasons.
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… can all be overcome effectively by reducing [not increasing] the role of Andrea Bargnani [C, 7-0, 250] and using him properly, for the first time since his rookie season, as the primary back-up for Chris Bosh [C, 6-10, 230].

Hopefully, the Raptors’ brain-trust [i.e. Bryan Colangelo, Maurizio Gherardini, Jay Triano & Co.] is able to figure this out, sooner rather than later.

Related:

NBA secret scout nails description of Bargnani