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Casey has decided that it is better to yank rookies when they make system mistakes or take bad shots. I'm not a coach, I see value in letting rookies play through them, I also see value in letting the starting five gel, I also see value is making people buy into the system the hard way. He is NOT on par with DeRozan in terms of the schemes. He does pass the eye test because he occasionally gets into peoples grill and makes it look tough. Casey was tasked with making or threatening to make the playoffs as well as developing not one, not two, but three rookies.
So you are more than welcome to your opinion that Ross is a better or on par individual defender but the team suffers with him on the floor.
For what it's worth, if I were designing a team from scratch, I'd take Ross and his potential on a rookie contract over Derozan and his current production at $10M/year. There's not enough separating them right now to easily choose, but one has already shown better defensive instincts and a more-promising 3-pt shot in year 1 than the other has in 4 years, and makes a ton less money. So if a choice has to be made, I would lean to Demar as the trade chip...
Then again, I'd personally try to keep both DD and Ross, and get rid of Gay instead, for the same reasons I'd choose Ross over DD: younger and cheaper -- plus, possibly easier to coach. But Gay is probably going nowhere until the 2015 trade deadline -- yay, another big expiring contract we have to wait out. Sigh.
Nice verbatim on the Casey talking point this year. Raps have been out of the playoffs for over a month and Casey let Ross rot on bench while AA was colder than Nunavut in February.
I guess you've never noticed the number of rotations DeRozan missed this season, his 4th year. I guess you also missed all the fuck ups DD had last year but was allowed to play through them. I guess you've also missed how the other teams attack DD or how it is DD blow byes creating the need for rotations. DeROzan is the weak link of D and picks up the other teams worst perimeter player.
Ross, when not getting totally dicked around on his minutes and opportunities, has provided the areas everyone hopes DD can consistently contribute. DeRozan getting in someone's grill would be a step up.
I have a feeling the one 4 point play he had in Orlando is the only thing you can think of when it comes to Ross' defensive contribution.
This is why I would have preferred trading derozan/ross instead of ed davis if they were acquiring gay, who is also a wing. I like derozan's work ethic, but ross has more potential. if ross was given starters' minutes from day 1 the way derozan had, ross would probably be among the top rookies. although right now, raps would have been better off if they drafted drummond instead.
i'm hoping that allan andersen is gone next season so ross can be the 6th man like JR smith or jamal crawford. i think his ceiling could be ray allen. the whole team needs an organized offensive system though. basically majority of the roster are all chuckers, all love the iso and play like kobe. it may work sometimes, but overall it was a failure (lost a lot of key games that cost them a playoff spot).
Ross is going to come out of no where and surprise the league! Its important to keep him on the team, especially if we can sign him to a cheap extension
I'll respond anyway.
Yes I regurgitate everything Casey says as I have no thoughts of of my own.
Here is what I think. Neither one of us sees Ross in practice. Neither one of us is with the team all the time. So consideration number 1 I would offer is. We only see what he does in games.
Getting up in someones grill is great if once you get the ball out of their hands you still meet all your other defensive obligations, not bite on ball fakes, provide help, double team where you are supposed to etc... Now again from what I've seen Ross is great at staying directly in front of his man, crowding him etc...and this looks like someone playing great defense until you realize it's a team concept. Which would be my second point. DeRozan plays within the team concept, I would say, better. You are free to disagree with this. I go only based on what I see (I've missed exactly two games all season and half of a couple more). If you want an even better example of this look at Fields who excels beyond both of them, is religious about getting a hand in the face of shooters and nearly made my basketball penis explode during the Knicks games.
On the offensive end what I see is a kid in full out chucking mode. I don't see him looking for his team mates. I don't see him opting to drive (although that has picked up recently). I don't see him passing up an okay shot in order to get a better one. He comes off the screen and whether he has an inch of daylight or a yard he jacks a long 2 or a 3.
You could argue that Casey is running sets that only get him those shots. I would argue its still early in the shot clock and you don't have to take the first girl that winks at you when walk in the bar.
I will concede that Casey is not an offensive specialist. Hell, I think even he might concede that. But I have to believe that Colangelo hired a guy that knows more than two fans, who happen to study the game for fun.
Ross plays good individual defense, DeRozan not so much.
Ross is much more aggressive and better fighting through/over screens, DeRozan not so much.
Ross plays poor team defense, DeRozan is still not good but better.
Ross has had his minutes limited in his rookie season, DeRozan has had unlimited minutes for 4 years including the last 2 with Casey.
So in conclusion:
Ross must be retarded and he'll never learn team defensive concepts nor get better with experience despite the fact he is already a better individual defender.
Not too concerned on the offense as it is deviating away from the original issue of defense. However on offense if DeRozan had a three point shot and went hard on every drive, DeRozan would probably be an all-star.
The bold is something I've already said. In fact it was what started this exchange back in post #15.
in regards to the minutes being limited.
I believe DeRozan was limited to around 18 - 20 a game in his first year. Yes this is more than Ross gets now. However we are supposed to be at different stages of building. For DeRozan's first year we were playing for the playoffs but the 2nd and 3rd year we were playing because we had an NBA team and the rest of the league would get mad at us if we didn't play. During those two years there was this who gives a fuck play the young guy 30 plus a night attitude.
Ross could be retarded I can't speak to that as I have not seen his test scores. I thought I saw him smack his own face a few times but that could be simple frustration.
Acy has been unleashed this last little while. The minutes restrictions on Jonas have been lifted for a while. To me this says Ross MUST be doing something wrong either in attitude or approach.
I don't think I said DeRozan was a poor individual defender. Based on the eye test he is a painfully average one.
I think it's easy to say Ross has more potential. Whether he makes big strides in year 2 and 3 is the main question. I'm not worried about his defense as he gains experience
Trading Ross would be such a boneheaded move i can't even express clearly how stupid and damaging it would be
When you look at where the Raptors are as an organization and who the alternative is versus playing Ross, the kid did not get a legit chance this season. This is extremely sad because for all intents and purposes, outside of JV, this was another lost season - especially when the defensive rating plunged back to join the company of worst in the league - and makes you wonder exactly what the torture of last season was for.
And not to go off topic again, but Acy is the only PF on the roster with the trade of ED and the injury to AB. The small ball lineups for the most part have been an epic fail this season.
I don't think the team can have both Ross and DeMar on the same roster. Ross needs development time. He could be a good 6th man but I think it will take years before he is established in that role. If DeMar played SF and Gay was not acquired I can see the two working out together but with Gay/DeMar taking a majority of the wings minutes, I just think it will continue to hurt Ross' development.
If wins matter next season then veteran backups will probably end up with more bench minutes anyway.
I would personally rather trade DeMar because he is going to be costing $9.5M a season but I don't think he will be traded.. as such for Ross' sake I hope the team trades him to another team so that another team can give him the time he needs to develop in to a good player.
I don't think Ross is as good as TMAC was so I'm not fearing that scenario... although I do think Ross will have a better career than DeMar if he got the right development so that will be a burn. However when you draft the BPA, at some point you have to exchange that asset into something that fits the team better.
I think Ross' worth will be a lot higher this offseason then any other time considering he will not be developing fast enough due to him not being able to get the minutes he needs to show other GM's what he's capable of.
I think this off season is important to determine who is more important for the core going forward... DeMar or Terrence. I think Bryan will choose DeMar even though I wouldn't personally agree with that choice.
as for ross being a supposed driver, who cares seeing as his FT% is worse than JV's. a shooter that can't make FT's is just beyond me. he's barely above landry fields in this regard.
per36 minute stats might be eye opening for some posters; then consider Ross is just starting his professional career; and then wonder what his stats would look like minus 2 games versus the Knicks and 1 game versus OKC.
Ross made strides towards the end of the season in free throw. He finished the year at 71% and was just under 85% for the final 2 months.