I was right you were wronggg I'm gonna sing the I was right songgg
I was right you were wronggg I'm gonna sing the I was right songgg
The argument against that core was that it would barely make the playoffs and never be a true contender. I don't think either of those points were disproven this season.
Fields never recovered, Calderon & Davis were traded for a talented player who became a black-hole before being jettisoned in a move that was arguably intended to begin a rebuild/tank, and even then this team wouldn't be where it is today with the contributions from the Sacramento-4.
I really don't get what you were right about, hence my comment.
And it's definitely looking like in a couple years, they'll be even more dangerous.
The Fields/Calderon/Davis part was the shotgun approach I was referring to :p
As for Lowry, I was a huge fan when he was traded for. The problem is he wasted a whole year being a malcontent douche and finally put it all together in the most important year of his career - and likely last big pay day. Sorry if I am skeptical moving forward.
I've always been a fan of Ross and JV.
So your argument is you took 4 young players off the roster from 2 seasons ago and said they'd eventually be the core of a playoff team? No shit. Just about everyone here, myself included, has consistently said the ceiling of this team is a playoff team... not a contending team. The problem is exactly what Masai said at the start of the year: making the playoffs is easy; over half the league makes the playoffs. I want more - check my signature. I think most fans on here what more but I could be wrong. On a sidenote, it is ironic the Raptors have been the beneficiaries of 2 Atlantic Division championships in the worst two years of the last 10 (2007 and 2014).
As for what this team eventually becomes, we'll see. There are still a lot of unknowns beyond this season. If Lowry signs elsewhere then what does this team become?
The only thing you have proven to me today is you have an inferiority complex likely as a result of small stature and/or other smallness issues. You've also shown that your idea of success is making the playoffs and praying for favourable seeding (please, please, please Washington and please, please, please hope indiana doesn't get their shit together... PLEEEEEASE!) so the team can maybe make the eastern conference finals where it will play a true powerhouse and get demolished.
Its like, either you're right, or everyone is trying to hard to prove they are right. Eitherway, no one can win with having an argument with you.
My intentions with bringing this thread up went like this:
1. "This season is going down in raptors history. Thats fucking awesome"
2. "Ive been a supporter of this team through so many losing seasons, finally the sacrifice is worth it"
3. "The best Raptor team ever includes a core which I watched getting drafted and traded for, Ive been with this particular core since the beginning"
4. "Im so glad we didn't blow up this team"
5. "Im so happy to have my opinions about the potential of this team validated"
6. "Lets dig up that optimism thread to see how validated my opinions were"
7. "My opinions were pretty damn validated; Infact, its funny to read what the people arguing against my optimism in this thread were saying, ergo: "I told you so""
"Oh boy, I get to show Matt52 up"
I think realistically we're at least a top 12 team in the NBA on any given year.
We're also super young.
So I think we can crack the top 6 one year, and be a legitimate contender without bringing in a 'superstar'.
I'm nowhere near ready to write off this core yet.
It's just... at this point, when it comes down to making a major move, it better be a clear win.
I don't think breaking this team up would do any good.
Give us a certain chance of being a contender with this core. I don't think we're that far off.
I think that percentage is higher than the one that results in a complete rebuild being a contender. There are a lot more moving parts in the second scenario.
damn, OP with the W!
The main problem I have with the premise of this thread is that I still don't believe this year's success is due to the Lowry-DD-JV core.
I believe this year's success is due to Lowry playing out of his mind, at an All-NBA level. He's driving the bus.
Take him out of the mix, and there are big problems. Plug in anyone but an elite talent (which Lowry, right now, is) into the PG position, and there are big problems.
By contrast, replace any of DD-JV-AJ-TR with a less capable player at their position, and I don't think the needle of the team's fortunes moves very much. (Although, given the way the defense has falling off a cliff since Amir's been hobbling around, I'm warming up to the idea that he's more important than I've been giving him credit for.)
I agree about the Johnson, DeRozan, Valanciunas and Ross part as well, although I feel like Valanciunas and Ross have the potential to develop into something special.
I disagree with the last part about Johnson though. He's a decent defender, but his offense has almost completely fallen off. On the defensive side, I agree he was missed, but I think that had as much to do with the fact that Patterson (who also missed time), Hansbrough, Hayes and Novak are all terrible defenders, for various reasons (good rebounders, but not great defenders). I still view the starting PF spot as the position most in need of an upgrade for the Raptors.
Do JV, DD and Ross get better next year? I don't think there is any question about that. DD has a history of improving. And JV and Ross have played better since the Gay trade...no reason to not expect them to pick up right where they left off if not better, given guidance from McKechnie and the other assistant coaches. Not to mention JV's time with Lithuania.
Does Lowry resign? If he does, there is no reason to expect him not to play as he has this year.
Amir? There is no reason to expect him not to play as he has this year.
GV? I expect him to play more as he has at the end of the season. He has gained the confidence of the coach and he is more familiar with his team members and his game has improved as a result.
De Colo? Nice surprise. Casey will use him better and again, he is gaining confidence in his game and understanding his teammates better.
Patterson? I want to see him after a summer of conditioning (under McKechnie) and working on those aspects of his game that his current role has indicated that he needs to improve. I see no reason (given what appears to be his character and attitude) not to expect improvement.
Fields? Excited to see what another off-season of work does to his elbow. I would expect improvement, which means another arrow in the quiver for Casey or trade chip for MU. I forget who on this site has been saying for the past year that the kind of injury (and surgery) he experienced takes years to recover from. Well...next season is years.
Salmons? Bye bye. Thank you.
Novak? Not needed.
So...some financial flexibility and I expect significant internal growth. Lots of reason for optimism.