I've been reading these 'disappointing season, optimistic outlook' posts for years now. They always have the same flavour - an overestimation of our player's current talent and future potential, rose-coloured views of our negatives and speculation that the problems with the team are due to intangibles.
Well, I say we're looking at what we're going to have for the near future.
Lowry is at best an above-average PG.
Amir is a workhorse with limited offensive upside. He's an early rotation player on most other teams.
Derozan is a gym rat with a great mid-range game, questionable handles and wilts under good defensive pressure
Gay is a chucker with huge talent, a huge contract and bad numbers.
JV is a big-hearted, high-motor, slow-footed big with average IQ. He looks like he'll be fan favourite and a solid pro, but the feet, the hands and the lower body strength leave much to be desired.
They are all likeable, high-effort guys (perhaps not always Lowry) but the idea that we're getting anywhere deep in the playoffs with this bunch goes far beyond optimistic for me.
Our bench is thin and our cap space is thinner. Our coach showed his limitations this year. Our GM drafted an outlier in Ross and stuck by 'his guy' (AB) for far, far too long. I'm not sold on his ability to build a team. Is anybody?
We do, however, have one of the better marketing machines in the NBA.
You can be optimistic if you want. Heck, you'll never be disappointed because there's always next year regardless. But for me things are very bleak. I'm still a fan, I'll still watch every game I can, but I think that the long-term outlook for this franchise is poor.
But yeah, we'll make the playoffs next year. Maybe we'll turn into the Atlanta Hawks, first or second round exits year over year. I don't think we have the talent to be more.
What are Raptor fans in for? Will we become the next Vancouver Grizzles? Should we give things more time or make a change in management and/or coaching? Or new TV announcers that do not kiss so much ass? Or just give up?
I guess there is only one thing left to do if you're a raptors fan, DRINK.
But seriously I think we are overreacting a little bit after losing to the bobcats. We tried to get JV more involved yesterday, and experimented A LOT yesterday , makes sense to do so against the weakest team in the league in an inconsequential game if you ask me.
I would be dissapointed if the raps can't make anymore high profile moves (get josh smith), and that seems likely given how much money we have sunk into fields,kleiza,bargnani,derozan (huge mistake to prematurely give him the extension, huge, because it possibly prevents a sign and trade if another team is not willing to take on derozan's salary), but before I wash my hands of this franchise (that probably means basketball in general) why not give colangelo the chance to rectify the situation this offseason.
Well I meant are ok with that.
I'm not really optimistic at all, to be honest. Until I hear BC is fired and Casey is gone I expect more of the same, despite some of the promise on our roster.
changing coaches so quickly and Gms for that matter is a reason why the Raps spiral in mediocrity.
I was happy with Casey being hired and was impressed with the defensive improvements last season. However, I've been quite disappointed with the coaching this season, for several reasons, to the point that I am 50/50 (at best) about whether or not DC should be kept.
- the defensive improvements from last year have regressed this season
- the offense has shown no improvements this season
- the rotations and playing time have been inconsistent, preventing the core from developing solid on-court chemistry
- I'm not happy with the way the rookies have been treated in a 'building' year and have seen little development from them
- I don't like guys like Anderson & Lucas getting so much playing time, especially when they aren't likely part of the future
- some terrible coaching/substitution decisions in-game, especially with many 2nd half / 4th quarter collapses
- poor x's & o's, as evidenced by consistently bad inbounding plays coming out of timeouts
I'm not saying the entire season should fall squarely on the shoulders of DC and the coaching staff, but they should be critiqued fairly, which certainly wouldn't entail the glowing favorable review like last year's critique likely was.