Since the Raptors have now lost 5 of their last 6 games, and dropped into 6th place in the Eastern Conference, discussion [i.e. A and B] has been rekindled regarding the proper use of DeMar DeRozan/OG, Antoine Wright/OG-SF and Sonny Weems/OG-SF.
When making an initial evaluation of these 3 wing players for the Raptors, this season, it can be helpful to consider a simple stat, like KPER, which is derived from readily available boxscore information.
[i.e. khandor's Player Efficiency Rating = PTS - (FGA-FGM) - (FTA-FTM) + TREB + AST + ST + BS - TO - PF]
This basic measure generates the following raw scores for these 3 players:
When Minutes Played are factored into the equation, it becomes even more obvious which of these 3 players has generated the most on-court production for the Raptors this season:
Over the course of their remaining 22 games … at least, if the Raptors hope to secure a playoff position above the No. 8 seed … Toronto would do well to ensure that Antoine Wright actually has his MP reduced; while, both, DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems have their MP increased.
To fulfil a simple request made by Dave [nbaroundtable] … over at RaptorsRepublic.com … here’s a specific Poll Question which should be most interesting to see the results for between now and the start of the 2009-2010 regular season.
Use the Comments section to elaborate further on your answers [e.g. giving your analysis of the EC, on the whole, if you'd like] and, in particular, to identify yourself, as: [A] a Raptors fan, or [B] a fan of a different NBA team, or [C] an unbiased ‘NBA observer’.
Pistons, might be close, but a loss is a loss. Not even thinking of calling a Raptor win after what we saw against Philly…must have been high to make that pick…
Comment #3, by khandor [that's yours truly ]
re: Comment #1.
PISTONS -1………… CALL YOUR LOCAL BOOKIE….
THAT’S FREE MONEY….. – by Lock of the Week —————————————
Not that the Pistons aren’t the Right Way to go in this match-up, at that number, but those who might be so inclined to wager a share of their own hard-earned $$$ on the outcome of a professional sports event with a set margin margin of victory involved should always remember that …
When something looks too good to be true [in life], all too frequently, it is …
with the actual/eventual outcome being “opposite” to what most would have expected, in advance.
———————— Prime Example #1.“This is our best Raptors’ team put together yet, on paper.” – Bryan Colangelo
During the pre-season, The Prospective Total Season Wins for the Raptors this year was:
Given the “look” of things back then … and “the noise” coming out of Raptorville,
“Where would YOUR $$$ have gone, at the time?”
[i.e. on the Over or the Under]
Invest your $$$ sensibly, in a balanced way … and, when tough times hit, you should be able to ride them out, relatively pain-free, in comparison with those who are wreckless, and inappropriately over-emphasized in any one phase of the game, or the other, in a short term way, to their own detriment, on a long term basis.
There are three distinct phases to the game of basketball, i.e. Offense, Defense & Rebounding, and a High [Yield-?] End Team is capable of working all three in a productive way, when need be.
There are other attractive investment opportunities on the NBA dockett this evening, as well. Do not fixate on just this one, because it might “look too good to be true”.
PS. If you’d been fortunate enough to listen to a certain blogger … who is also a Raptors fan, amongst other things … back in October, you would have known, at least, the following two things:
#1. The UNDER was the Right Way to go on the Raptors this season, at 47.5/-116;
#2. The LA Lakers, OVER 54.5/-126, was IN FACT the best bet on the board, in the NBA Futures, that day.
Enjoy this evening’s game against Detroit, one and all.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. – Anonymous
[There ain't nothing, in Life, more True than THAT!]
Q1.How often can the followers of this team actually get it wrong … when it comes to gauging accurately [I] WHAT moves SHOULD be made [or not] and WHEN they should be made [or not] to improve its fortunes?
A1. Just about … EVERY SINGLE TIME.
“Now, listen to me … I, I beg of you not to do this thing. If Potter gets a hold of this Building & Loan there’ll never be another decent house built in this town. He’s already got charge of the bank, he’s got the bus line, he got the department stores and now he’s after us. Why? Well, it’s very simple … because we’re cutting in on his business, that’s why. And because he wants to keep you living in his slums and paying the kind of rent he decides. Joe, you had one of those Potter houses, didn’t you? Well, have you forgotten? Forgotten what he charged you for that broken down shack. Here, Ed … you know, you remember last year when things weren’t going so well and you couldn’t make your payments, well, you didn’t lose your house, did yah? Do you think Potter would have let you keep it. Can’t you see? Ca … can’t you understand what’s happening here? Don’t you see what’s happening? Potter isn’t selling … Potter’s buying! And, why? Because we’re panicking and he’s not, that’s why. He’s picking up some bargains. Now we, we can get through this thing alright … if we … we’ve got to stick together, though, we’ve got to have faith in each other.” – George Bailey
FACT IS …
He who really knows what he is doing DOES NOT sell … when others say that he SHOULD. He waits. He watches. He evaluates. He sits tight. He holds on. He rides it out. Then, eventually … when the time is RIGHT … HE STRIKES! He BUYS, again, over and over and over. He doesn’t sell. In fact … He NEVER ever really sells, at all … Truth be told. He is ALWAYS buying … something, somewhere, from someone … whether The Other party realizes it, or not. It’s really quite irrelevant, in the grand scheme of things. At least it is … to THE ONE WHO REALLY KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING.
It’s an Immutable Law of the Universe … designed to test your mettle.
One of the favourite meeting places on the net today for yours truly is located at RaptorsRepublic.com, where the Dino Nation faithful get an opportunity to express their opinions [expert or otherwise] about their favourite NBA team in a mostly unfettered way.
Assuredly, this is a good thing.
The State of the Raptors No matter where you stand on the optimist-pessimist spectrum one thing is undeniable: so far this season has been a massive disappointment. If you were wise enough to predict what has transpired so far, good for you, you’ve earned a right to say, “I’ve told you so”, just don’t rub it in every time. If you’re in the other category, the category which thought that this team just might have what it takes to progress in the playoffs, this season has been a total letdown peppered with disheartening losses that invalidate anything you might have believed in.
Raptors fans are often called bipolar because of they way they react to the team’s successes and misfortunes. A lot of that criticism is warranted but it is also bred by the fact that we seem to know all too well just exactly what we have in this team. We lose to the good ones, we beat the bad ones and we go .500 against teams that are on par with us. It’s a massive generalization but it is a correct one. After two years of humbling playoff exits it is perfectly natural to want more and so far this team has done little in showing that it can do any more than the last two versions. That is simply not good enough. Raptors fans would rather see a plan in place that strives towards attainable and sustainable success rather than see the GM assemble a team that hopes rather than plans for success and is impervious to the flaws in the product assembled.
And … here’s a sample of what you’ll find there … sometimes … from this observer:
Indeed, it is very interesting to read today, a persective like this one, on the Raptors’ current plight, which echoes some of what was first published on-line back on September 22, 2006 … Credit where credit is due … more than two full years ago.
What someone like this can surely tell you is that one of the most important things in life, when it comes to determining success or failure, is the ability to read accurately the risks and rewards associated with a specific opportunity that presents itself, in advance of others who are operating in the same environment.
Do THIS enough times and, regardless of the field, riches will eventually flow your way.
Conversely, fail to do THIS, regardless of the field, either enough times or, perhaps, even just once when a significant opportunity is presented … say, like, the chance to choose No. 1 overall from amongst Andrea Bargnani, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tyrus Thomas, Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, etc. … and, it is going to be an uphill struggle from there, where only the very best in their chosen field will be able to recover fully due to their authentic expertise and the gradual passage of time.
When a person like Mr. Buffett speaks, although it might not always be easy listening, it is foolish to disregard those words, given in advance of others, if/when the topic is the successful financial investing of your own hard-earned money.
Within the realm of basketball and sports, in general, who are the equivalents to Warren B. that you should be atuned to … with your ears and eyes wide open [rather than Wide Shut] … on a regular basis?
Food For Thought … on a merry New Year’s Eve day morning.
Enjoy, and please be safe tonight … one and all.
There are no dress hearsals in this life.
Jaques: All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
When a situation develops that sees two individuals, intimately connected through their work, with different perceptions about the circumstances they each find themselves in … then, that situation is best described as one without a solid long term prognosis for success, in a major way.
This quote was ascribed to the Raptors’ Head Coach, Sam Mitchell, yesterday:
Raptors coach preaches “principles”
I’m pleased with the team that we have. Bryan has done a great job of giving me a good team. We have a great group of guys that work hard. What we may lack athletically, I think we have a chance to make it up basketball-wise. We have got some pretty good basketball players.
Which elicited the following response, from yours truly, on the new web site devoted exclusively to coverage of all-things-Raptors, RaptorsRepublic.com:
If you’re a bright and enterprising young sort, this ↑↑↑ is the type of delicious quotation that would make a terrific ’sig’ for your on-line activity this season, related to the goings-on in Raptorville.
What does the content of that specific quote mean?
If you know how to read between the lines, in this world, and can see what’s really there, beyond the mere letters on a page … then, you KNOW for a fact that Sam Mitchell played 13 years in the NBA – the best basketball League in the world – on the strength of marginal talent, which indicates, if nothing else, that the Man is a Survivor of the Highest Order, Charles Darwin style … and, reveals a level of intelligence & guile which puts to shame the vast majority of those who dare to criticize him, on a regular basis.
Re-read each of those individual sentences a second time.
* I’m pleased with the team that we have.
* Bryan has done a great job of giving me a good team.
* We have a great group of guys that work hard.
* What we may lack athletically, I think we have a chance to make it up basketball-wise.
* We have got some pretty good basketball players.
Bryan’s done a “great” job?
This organization now has a “good” team.
These players are a “great group of guys”.
These players “work hard”.
These players “may” lack athleticism?
These players have a “chance” to make it up basketball-wise, Sam “thinks”.
These players are “pretty good”.
IF you’re someone like the Raptors’ Head Coach, you don’t MAKE it THIS far, in Life, and in Hoops, without being a highly intelligent man … who knows the Right words to say, and the Right time to say them.
Wily … yessirree, like a Fox.
Then, today, the following column was authored by a different local scribe …
Be blissfully optimistic but beware In the leadup to the NBA’s 14th season with a Toronto outpost, Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors president and GM, has repeatedly called his hoopsters “the best team we’ve had.”
That noise in the background as he spoke was the high-pitched screech of Sam Mitchell’s padded courtside lounger being replaced with a stiff-backed hotseat. Colangelo will tell you the outlook is brilliant, that the Raptors shored up their weaknesses in defence and rebounding with their off-season acquisition of Jermaine O’Neal; that along with Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon, an all-star forward and an all-star-calibre point guard, the Raptors will possess one of the best core trios in the East.
But as Mitchell was saying the other day: “I keep telling the guys, `Don’t come to the arena thinking Jose, C.B. and Jermaine are going to carry us. The other guys have got to step up. … We’re going to need that fourth and fifth guy. Who are those guys going to be on a nightly basis? I can’t tell you.”
In other words, Colangelo’s saying he’s put together a winner here. Mitchell’s saying, not in so many words: Hang on a minute, boss … I’ve got three reliable players, one of whom, O’Neal, is coming off four seasons of surgery-plagued misery and still wearing a knee brace. And those three guys are surrounded by an assortment of enigmas who may or may not come to play in tonight’s season opener in Philadelphia and beyond.
There are two ways to look at this team, indeed. We’ll excuse you for squinting to see the optimistic angle.
Inevitably, what happens next, when a ‘glass half-full’ perspective meets head-on with a ‘glass half-empty’ one … is deleterious towards the health & long term stability of the subordinate, in that specific situation, usually, on account of a well-marked, “Failure to Communicate.”
It says in this corner that …
If things do go awry this season and this team does indeed go backwards … it will be because the GM, Bryan Colangelo, has assembled a group which is, both, short on High End players and on QUALITY DEPTH.
Free Advice to Sam Mitchell …
Keep your wits about you, Sir, and heed the following words: