lol OKC doesn't count, they were just lucky. But anyway I'm against tanking too We've known this team long enough to understand that something will go terribly wrong if we tank just cause we're the Raptors
we already have jv so he aint doin it alone..
If a franchise is committed to tanking, it had better be damn good at it with all the teams lining up their ducks to lose next season. I do not see any evidence as yet that the Raptors are headed in that direction (fingers crossed). Houston should be the model for franchises looking to go in the other direction, building by astute deal making and cap space management.
you're basically just saying we shouldn't get ANY good player because they'll just leave.
you might as well just say something as dumb as "drafting #1 is a bad idea. look how our last #1 pick turned out."
If there ever was a time to tank it is right now to be honest.
The Raps have the hardest position to secure locked up for 7 or 8 years. JV's floor is a starting C. His ceiling is pretty damn good.
They have teams who have sucked for years and have valuable assets forcing to become playoff teams. On the flip side, the Raptors have assets who would likely appeal (Gay, Lowry).
There is a really good draft class coming.
There are no significant financial commitments after 2 seasons minus DeRozan.
Looking at how the East is shaping up, if the Raps could get proven NBA talent still on rookie deal combined with more picks and financial flexibility, I would be all over tanking (although in this case I"d call it rebuilding because valuable assets have to come back to ensure you are not leaving yourself 100% susceptible to the bouncing balls).
Hi guys, new to the forums but I've been reading for a while.
I don't understand some posters here who are satisfied with mediocrity. Clearly the team that Colangelo built was not done so in a fashion that is going to invite success. The only way to do it is blow it up and go through the draft.
Free agents don't flock to Toronto, even though its the 4th biggest market(I think) in North America. Getting guys on rookie deals is more realistic. That guarantees a three year term to show improvement and grow together. It also gives the ownership and management the upperhand in resigning these guys to longer-term deals. It takes time and patience but clearly trying to retool by making desperation trades hasnt been succesful for the Raps
Ahhhh, the original thread that ignited numerous threads centering around the Great Raptor Debate of 2013.... to tear it down or not to tear it down, that is the question.
I think I've moved to the tear it down side with the assumption that every trade is returning valuable assets rather than just clearing cap space. In any trade, you need proven NBA talent and picks (at this point in time I would consider any player picked in 2013 a pick since they have yet to play an NBA minute).
Too many weaker teams making improvements that are passing the Raptors (Washington) or making it too close to call (Cleveland, Detroit) and too many stronger teams still strong (Miami, Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn, New York) or weaker but still likely just as good if not better (Milwaukee, Atlanta).
Looking at Rudy Gay, I'd call up these three teams and offer:
Detroit - Monroe, Knight, 1st available pick, Stuckey, Charlie V
Cleveland - Thompson, CJ Miles, rights to Karasev, 2014 pick
Charlotte - rights to Zeller, Gordon, 2014 Pistons pick (top 8 protected), Portland pick (top 12 protected), right to swap own Raptor pick with theirs
Of the 3 I like Cleveland best, then Charlotte, then Detroit.
The thought that somehow tanking means you throw out all logic into building a team and just throw all of your eggs in one basket into one draft pick is completely ridiculous. It simply suggests that a high draft pick from this years draft is a better building block going forward than LF, RG, AB etc
The whole concept of tanking is to build around young talent. That could be talent currently on the team (JV, TR for example) or it could be talent acquired in a trade (Bledsoe would have been an example if we did the DD deal). The only fundamental different between "tanking" and whatever the hell the raps have been doing is that you make a conscious choice to either trade away or not play players who might help you win this year and instead focus on players who will help us in the future.
A perfect example from last year would be playing TR ahead of AA. Giving AA minutes over TR might (this is debateble, but Casey thinks so) help you win 3-4 games in this year. BUT, AA will never be part of the future. If you are "tanking" you sit AA's ass and play TR. I think thats smart.
Similar concept if you were to trade an asset for a pick. Think Houston last year. They trade Lowry for our pick. That clearly makes them worse .. but makes them better long term (and as it turns out long term came quickly as they turned the pick and other assets in Harden.
Tanking is a very logical, planned out thing. Thats why half the league is doing it. Its not some baseless "lose at all costs and dont consider the consequences" .. I agree, that would be dumb
i love the Cleveland idea<3
I sense a thread coming up titled "The case for trading Rudy Gay".