But two players Dave mentioned looked like good comparisons were ones that hadn’t been considered. Nick Anderson, drafted in 1989 by the Magic and Jason Richardson, currently with the Suns.
If a point guard is the quarterback of the basketball court, then Jose Calderon is the kind of “game manager QB” that doesn’t have a great deep arm but he makes smart passes and rarely turns the ball over. He probably isn’t a top-10 PG, but he’s closer to that group than he is to the bottom 10. People who try to paint him as a glorified backup are just haters.
In 08-09, the Nets and Raptors shared nearly identical records in the Atlantic Division with New Jersey stumbling to a 34-48 record, while Toronto finished with a disappointing 33-49 record. This year the only thing that both of these teams will have in common, is adjusting to life after trading away Vince Carter for maybe too little in return.
The event, organized by the Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund (AERF) and generously sponsored by the Carpenter’s Union, also featured a family barbeque and a very special surprise visit by Toronto Raptors stars Andrea Bargnani and Marco Bellinelli, who thanked the crowd for their efforts and signed autographs for adoring fans.
Last year, names such as Will Solomon, Hassan Adams, Jamal Sampson and Nathan Jawai were part of the Raptors’ training camp roster, which is all one needs to know to figure out why Toronto was so bad. This year’s camp opens next Tuesday in Ottawa and the list of stiffs is short. Marcus Banks isn’t going to do anything except eat salary space and no one knows for sure what Sonny Weems can do, but there’s no question the Raptors have come a long way from a year ago this time.