Posts Tagged ‘Jim Kelly’

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

Raptors may not like what’s available with the No. 9 Pick

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

As the 2009 NBA Draft approaches, a preliminary reading of the tea leaves, in Raptorville …

Raptors keeping options open ahead of weak draft
It would seem obvious the No.9 pick would have to play one of those positions, but general manager Bryan Colangelo could have a few transactions bubbling just below the surface that could change things.

We are active … if we make another trade, maybe we don’t need this position, maybe we need something else,” said Kelly. “I think you have to be a little flexible there because we’re actively trying to improve in a couple of different areas.”

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suggests that the Dinos might well:

1. Be involved with multiple personnel moves on June 25;

2. Consumate a Sign & Trade deal for Shawn Marion; and, 

3. Secure the services of someone other than Tyreke Evans or Demar DeRozan, resulting from this Draft.

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T minus 9, and counting.

On being a repairman versus a visionary

Monday, January 19th, 2009

As was said yesterday in this space, there are Those who understand how The Game works and those who do not.

According to yours truly … in general … Dave Feschuk [Toronto Star columnist] is someone who fits into the former category.

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Dealing O’Neal could prevent Raptor implosion
How did it go so wrong, so quickly? Clearly the summertime trade that brought O’Neal to Toronto for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic and a first-round draft pick, panned in this corner as it happened, is a failure. Colangelo spoke before the season of his belief that O’Neal would fill a hole in the club’s defence and rebounding corps – but they’re as bad as they’ve ever been in both categories. Colangelo figured O’Neal would complement Chris Bosh, the resident all-star, but O’Neal, when healthy, has largely been an older, slower duplicate to Bosh.

And though O’Neal is a public-relations genius who unfurls a yarn with the skill of 100 spin doctors, you can’t help but think that his unwillingness to play through pain and his diva-esque demeanour have been at least partly responsible for the palpable lack of chemistry on this season’s squad.

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There are very few authentic visionaries in this world, and those who are DO NOT operate best via consensus … which is the stated M.O. of the Raptors’ President/GM.

Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C & Exhibit D

13 players on the roster and $1,100 under the NBA’s Tax Threshold

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

For the benefit of Raptors fans everywhere … 

Bryan Colangelo speaks on FAN590/PrimeTime [Tue Sep 09 2008]

Pay particular attention to the final segment … beginning approximately @ the 25:00 mark … during which the Raptors’ GM discusses: (i) Ball-stoppers in the Low Post; (ii) having enough talented play-makers to gain the trust of said Ball-stoppers; and, (iii) a realistic picture of where he sees this team stacking up this season in the Eastern Conference with the likes of Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington, etc.

As is … there’s a lot to like about this team, this season … but, also, a healthy dose of trepidation, as far as the actual amount of improvement which is likely to occur in the immediate future.

The Eastern Conference is improving, on the whole … and the Raptors could well be treading water for several seasons to come.