I will bet money on kapono starting. He's exactly what the starting lineup needs with both JO and Bosh on the floor. We bring another shooter to explot open looks. Let Moon come off the bench and try to bring some energy and rebounding when one of the bigs are off, and Bargs is on.
Also, will be buried again quickly, and Adams will play more of a role than people think right now.
Apparently Jawai is coming to the NBA right away after all-
'Jawai given two-year deal
11/07/2008 10:44:06 AM
Nathan Jawai's move to Toronto has been crystallised with the Raptors securing the former Cairns centre to a two-year contract.
Jawai will sign the deal with Toronto on Friday morning, according to his agent Daniel Moldovan, just a day after officially being traded to the NBA's only Canadian franchise from Indiana.
"We have agreed to terms with the Toronto Raptors on a guaranteed two-year deal, which is rare for a second round pick and certainly displays the promise they see in Nathan," Moldovan said.
"We are thrilled that Nathan has gone to such a first-class organisation and that he will be playing behind two of the true superstars of the NBA in Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Bosh."
"What this means is that Nathan will not only be on the Raptors roster immediately, as opposed to developing further in the NBL, but he will be right in the thick of the minutes given that the team is going with a bi-man rotation featuring O'Neal, Bosh, (Andrea) Bargnani, Jawai and (Kris) Humphries."
Jawai created history by becoming the first indigenous Australian athlete drafted in the NBA.'
Weird seeing him getting a guaranteed contract seeing as the consensus on him is he's raw but seeing as we have a need for a depth type big, might as well sign him. You're probably not getting anything better for the price.
Depth wasn’t as good as last year, then again that wasn’t a smashing success either. That was a 500 squad, a one-and-done playoff team, and could only beat a D-League Miami Heat team without an injured Bosh.
Big difference next year. When CB4 goes out (as in rest), you possibly still have JO that could command double teams. And I can only assume that you’ll rarely see those two sitting on the bench together. Best-case scenario, that should cover for the loss of Rasho, Delfino and Jose as part of the reserve core.
Bargs, Adams and Kapono plus Bosh/JO could possibly be as good as last year’s reserves. If Bargs develops into a 6th man of the year candidate , then it could be a very good Raptor team.
Adams may also surprise people. I wouldn’t rely on Ukic, maybe Damon Stoudemire can sign for the vet minimum.
I know the “win-it-all” mentality is begging for that scoring wing, but I guess the bean-counters at MLSE don’t want to take the luxury tax hit.
Last edited by power works : 07-11-2008 at 11:44 AM.
I think depth will be less of a factor since we have JO, if Mitchell makes the rotation correctly he can be kept on the floor with the 2nd unit. In JO's own words "it doesn't give teams time to adjust, one of us will be on the floor at all times." There's no way if Mitchell has an ounce of intelligence that he will put in a lineup of: