Here is the (midterm) Raptors report card | National Post

Things are trending positively: The Raptors hung tough last week with both Brooklyn and Chicago, and defeated the star-studded (if lost) Lakers to finish off the first half on Sunday. Still, it is hard to see the Raptors’ opening 41 games as anything but disappointing.

CHISHOLM: ARE RAPTORS MAKING THE GRADE AT HALFWAY POINT? | TSN

With 41 games in the books marking Toronto’s halfway point in this season, it’s time to take a look at the performance of each of Toronto’s fifteen roster players. Obviously grading these players causes imbalances because role, expectations and talent are not distributed evenly. Fairly or not, some players grade-out higher (or lower) because more (or less) was expected of them this year. Most float around the average, with a few peaks and valleys surrounding them on this list.

MACK’S NBA NOTEBOOK: COULD BE WORSE FOR RAPS | SportsNet

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said the biggest thing for his team now is finding consistency. He and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan both talked about games that the team should have won, but ended up giving away. From earlier games at the start of the season, to the blown call in Charlotte, and the more recent blunder by the officials against the Bulls, to the blown leads and the meltdown that occurred in Philadelphia last Friday night, it’s easy to see the team has played those losses over and over again in their minds.

Raptors small forward Alan Anderson ready to adapt to get more time on the floor | Toronto Star

Anderson’s comfort level extends beyond the position he plays. With Fields making solid contributions as the team’s small forward, and with the roster depth reduced by the injury absence of Mickael Pietrus (knees) and Linas Kleiza (knee), Anderson knows he’s the first wing off the bench most nights. NBA players are often creatures of habit, knowing he’ll be in the game about nine minutes into the first quarter affords Anderson a comfort level.

Raptors Should Let It Fly From Deep | RaptorBlog

While it’s difficult to point to just one player as the main catalyst for the increased three-point production during the Raptors’ run, Alan Anderson’s return to the Raptors line-up from injury was huge. During the 13-game sample, Anderson averaged a team-high 2.3 made three-pointers on 6.1 attempts, 0.3 made three-pointers and 0.6 attempts above his season average. Anderson is the team’s leading three-point shooter this season in terms of shots made, with 2.0 made three-pointers per game and 2.8 made three-pointers per 36 minutes of action.

RaptorBlog Radio: Beat L.A. | RaptorBlog

On the heels of the Raptors’ big victory over the “mighty” Lakers (can’t even say that with a straight face anymore), Drew, Oliver and I got together to discuss the W and to pretend Friday night in Philly never happened. We also touched on Landry Fields’ performance, Ed Davis’ lack of fourth quarter minutes and DeMar DeRozan’s recent slump.

Raptors live, learn in first half | Toronto Sun

So even while the team has somewhat rescued a season from disaster with 11 wins in its past 17 games including a confidence-building victory over the visiting Lakers on Sunday, the memory of those first 23 games remains a driving force. “We’re still fighting, still climbing,” guard DeMar DeRozan said. “Every opportunity we get to go out there and play against somebody is a desperate situation for us. It’s always a must-win and that’s our whole attitude.”

LISTON ON NBA: IS GAY WORTH THE PRICE? | SportsNet

When you consider Gay largely plays with both Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph (both top 25 in WS/48), it stands to reason they should have better metrics with him on the floor. Regularized adjusted plus-minus attempts to adjust for these impacts and, as noted above, Gay only ranks 142nd in the league.

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  • FAQ

    Must be depressing to play on the Raptors and watch your NBA career go to pots… with the only consolation being the money.  This is a motley crew of disparate players trying to find their games and survive in the NBA.

    What is puzzling to me is how much is written about the TRaps on RR forums in such excruciating detail.  It’s like an emotional enema to relieve all the bunged up angst.  Keep pushing and something might come out!

  • Jamshid

    Rudy Gay Pipe dream for the Herd is over. Memphis was able to make a deal to save around $6 million to put them comfortably under the CAP. 

    This is another reminder to delusional fans here that GOOD teams do not just trade their STARS to save money anymore. They move other pieces and try to make it work before attempting to move their STAR …

    • Nilanka15

      Calm down, it’s just a message board.  What else is the “herd” supposed to talk about?

      • FAQ

        Tribal honking herd…????

    • Pesterm1

       The fact that you get self gratification by rubbing this information in Raptors fans faces, shows the negativity negativity that surrounds your life. Im sure your probably a selfish person with a large ego. It’s a fan site.. we talk about the team on all aspects. Good day, sir

    • The Truth

      A more accurate statement would be good teams do not trade their stars for less than they are worth. It’s pretty widely known that Gay was available but the asking price was seen as too stiff by the clubs that were interested, including Toronto.

    • guest

      and cleveland managed to get a draft pick from them too. how come the raptors never acquire any draft picks and just give them away instead? idiots!

      • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

        You can’t call rebuild (build, building, accelerated) then trade away Lottery picks for injury prone players…OKC do you know me?

        NJ/Brooklyn was below Toronto last year- recognize game, BC is fucking up the Raptors.

        • Nilanka15

          To be fair, Lopez and Wallace were both injured last season.

          • The Truth

            That and between free agents and trades they are spending 90 million in salary this year. I’m pretty sure if MLSE spilt the piggy bank and Bryan had almost twice as much money to spend we’d be doing a bit better too.

    • Theswirsky

      GOOD teams have stars to trade or not trade