Originally Posted by SESSEL15
He isn't playing because the Raptors Organization still believes they have a chance to get into the playoffs. Once the chance of that becomes almost impossible, you will see his minutes begin to increase. But until then, the pylon will get 40 mins.
From Smith Today:
"First up, the Curious Case Of Roko Ukic.
I must admit to being a bit baffled by the use Ė or non-use Ė of the rookie point guard this last little while. Heís gone from 15 to 12 to nine to four to one in the last five games and itíd be all well and good, I guess, if they were five wins.
But, as most know, they werenít.
Finding out whether Ukic can play Ė and I think heíll eventually be a solid rotation contributor Ė was one of the keys to this season and finding him a consistent 12-15 minutes a night was going to do that.
Itís not that I think he should start, or even play half a game, but more consistent minutes would give a more consistent idea.
Yes, Anthony Parker has done a good job as the backup point guard most games and itís a role he might play next season. But thatís only if he comes back and thatís not a certainty. I donít know how much theyíll want to pay him, I have no idea if some European team might throw enough money at him to send him back over there but the simple fact is Ukic is under contract next year and Parker isnít.
And say one thing for Ukic: In the dying seconds of a quarter, a half or a game, the dude wants the ball in his hands. Too much, some would say (and there are times I certainly agree) but on a team sorely lacking wing players with the ability to break down their man off the dribble, someone whoíll try it is a welcome sight.
Heís got to get better at it, especially knowing when to get past his man and look for an open teammates, but thatís all part of the learning curve.
The curveís flattening out. "