Raptors Off Season By Maniak
Another first round exit goes by for the Toronto Raptors. This year we fell short to the Magic, and last year it was the Nets. So what exactly is the problem? Why can’t we make it to the NBA Finals?!?!?!? Simple, we lack good players in the paint and a lot of players will just chuck 3’s. Now we do have Primoz Brezec who is pretty solid in the paint, but Sam didn’t give him any minutes in the 07-08 season, that of course can change come 08-09 season, but the chances really aren’t too high seeing as he is a free agent and is doubtful to be signed back.
Now, let’s look at our starting lineup.
PG: Jose Calderon
SG: Anthony Parker
SF: Jamario Moon
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Andrea Bargnani
Off the bench you have forwards and centers that rely on jumpers and guards who mainly shoot 3’s and barely anything else.
So now I will say what should be done in the off season.
First is the draft. I looked at all the mock sites and this is how many times a certain player was chosen
Brandon Rush-1 (6-7 Guard)
Donte Green-2 (6-10 Forward)
Robin Lopez-1 (7 foot Center/Forward)
DeAndre Jordan-1 (7 foot center)
Kosta Koufos-3 (7-1 center)
Nicolas Batum-1 (6-8 SF)
Joe Alexander-1 (6-8 Forward)
Javal McGee-1 (7 foot center)
Now, looking at this you can see 1 decently sized guard, and the rest are forwards and centers. Now, I will focus on the big men of it. I haven’t watched much college ball to give an opinion on all these players, but I know they are great paint players to accompany CB4 in the paint. As for Rush, he is a good scorer who is capable to design a play for himself and I’m sure he’d fit in with Bosh. So all of these guys are legit for us.
Note that the majority of these free agents have no shot at signing with the Raptors, due to cap space reasons, but for the sake of entertainment (with sign-and-trades, anything can happen!) let's consider the following
Baron Davis-A low chance, but if we got him he also helps our scoring a lot, and he is a pretty sick passer. ETO option also.
Shawn Marion-Yet another player with an ETO. Also if we thought of him, he likes his contracts big, something Colangelo might not want. Good player though.
Jannero Pargo-Players option here. He is a pretty nice shooter and fared well as a backup with Paul, I think he could be another nice addition to our beastly amount of guards.
Gordan Giricek-Legit scorer with potential. Like our entire backcourt, has a good 3, may not want because we already are loaded on 3 point shooters.
Ron Artest-Really good SF and would help us a lot to put Moon down on the bench. He is a good scorer and can play D, can sometimes have “Rasheeed Wallace moments.” Although I think a lot of teams are chasing after him, so chances can be slim.
Brent Barry-Insanely good defensive player to help us in that empty hole. He has a players option, but personally he is one of the guys I’d go for straight on for the raps.
Antawan Jamison-Has a mouth, but he can be quite decent. Although, I find he likes it in Washington, he does have potential to come over, how he would fit in our system is unknown(but I guess its like that for all of the players)
Gilbert Arenas-I would break out in tears if the raps landed Gilbert, he is young with a giant amount of potential, but with giant potential comes a giant salary.
This free agent market is loaded, and I’d like to see at least 2 players from it to the Raptors.
It’s pretty noticeable that TJ Ford or Jose Calderon is going to be traded. I’d also like to see Humphries and maybe 2 of our guards, you can include Jason Kapono into that mix.
To receive It’d be nice to have one more good paint player.
That’s it, my opinion on what should be done for the Toronto Raptors off season.