Lowry’s mindset simply does not allow for him to share the stage, which isn’t unusual among NBA players, a trait that has its merits when the player lives up to the billing. The problem with Lowry is that he hasn’t delivered and the Raptors must now realize the deficiencies and somehow remedy them. With an emerging player such as Valanciunas, a point guard is necessary to feed him in the post.
It has reached that point in the season where talking about the future seems much more relevant than talking about the present.
Rudy Gay has only been the “Raptor of the Week” once since his arrival in the Big Smoke, which may surprise some people. And although his play this week was notable, scoring 28 against Charlotte and 27 against Miami, he has just been out shined by the most blue-collar guy on the squad. Amir Johnson is taking the honours for a third straight week. And despite Rudy’s play, there really should be no argument at all. Amir has shown that he’s the life-blood of this team all season and he did it yet again this week, going all out against all three teams to do his best.
Millsap is a perfect low-block scorer. He always fights for his position and demands the ball, and attracts double-teams and understands how to pass out of them. He would create easy shots for Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan and open the lane up for Johnson. The Raptors have built a nice unit of Gay, Derozan, Johnson, Valanciunas and Terrence Ross. Adding a front court scorer in the likes of Millsap would be a perfect compliment. His hard-nosed play on both ends would make Casey smile, and his unselfishness on the court would make the shooters happy.