I think JO's presence will be felt in the win/loss column come start of the season. I don't expect 20/10 from JO. I see his impact to be simular to KG's in Boston last year, not as big an impact mind you, but simular in the defensive intensity and accountability with the team on defence.
Shown a couple of glimpes of why he is a low percentage shooter, sometimes a black hole. But honestly, I expect with the scoring load of his shoulders, his FG% should rise and hopefully he stays near the basket more.
Really could care less about his preseason numbers.
I haven't really formed an opinion yet. He hasn't played at all in quite a few months, is in a brand new offense, and has a new role on the team. I'm going to wait until the first quarter of season is over until I make a judgment. Ideally he will anchor the perimiter D, and help with the spacing on offense...I will be quite happy with 14ppg, 10 boards, 1-2 blocks, and not disrupting the ball movement.
What we have seen from O'Neal thus far is actually exactly what I was expecting from him during the preaseason.
His conditioning and legs aren't completely back yet after all of the time he has missed over the past season. His offense has yet to come along as well, but again, that is to be expected, at least from me. He has shown glimpses of what we will see from him during the season though, and it is just going to take time before his translates those glimpses into consistent, everyday play. I have faith that O'Neal will get into form just as the preseason is winding down and the regular season starts. Once his conditioning gets up to par, I expect to see the rest of his game round into form as well.
Then we also have to consider that he is playing in a new offense and in a role that he hasn't had to play for a long time now. He has grown used to being the star on the team so he is having to adjust to playing alongside somebody like Chris Bosh. Once he gets more comfortable with the system, as well as his role, his offense should take off as well.
His defense has been nice to see though. You can tell that his presence is felt on the floor. Not sure if he has blocked a lot of shots or anything but he is altering shots down low and that is something that the Raptors have lacked for the longest time now. O'Neal makes people think about driving into the paint and he if he is not blocking the shot, he makes the opponent alter it. His defense has been nice to see, and in my opinion, it will only get better as he gets into game shape.
He hasn't blown me away, but I didn't expect him to be putting up fantastic numbers during the preaseason. It will take some time but I think that JO will round into form at the end of the preaseason/beginning of the regular season.
In terms of numbers, i'm hoping for something around 15/8/2, but as RCW and others have said, even more than that i'm hoping for him to bring a defensive intensity and a defensive mindset to a team that has been all about offense for the past few seasons. That impact would mean just as much if not more than any stats he can put up.
Screw the numbers his defense is amazing. Hes a really good man-to-man defender and he blocks/alternate shots. Gets you boards, im not fond with his offense but on dat Moskow game.. he looked good from those passes from Bosh
There was a play during the exhibition game against the Lakers where the Raps were on a break, JO was in the middle, JC & Adams were on the wings. JO was in a full sprint, got a pass from Adams, came to a dead stop, did a 360 spin, got hit by Radmanovic, and then by Kobe, but still layed it up for an --- AND ONE.
Any doubts I had about his health just went out the door....he's back!!!!
T.J Ford is performing well for the Pacers. He was 6-16 in shooting last night but managed to get 9 assists and 19 points.
Nesterovic was amazing last night and our draft pick, Hibbert put up some decent numbers in limited minutes.
JO has been reasonable for us in pre-season, but so far, it looks like Pacers are getting the better end of the bargain. Only time will tell who won in the trade.
Doesn't really matter how they perform. Pretty much everyone realizes that TJ wouldn't be putting up those numbers had he stayed. The current Raptors have more upside than if they had not done that deal.