Anyone who doubts Ross to be the right pick for the Raptors has no semblance of basketball.
Ross looks to be one of the most dynamic, talented, and athletic players in his draft. I was happy with him being a smooth 3 point threat, peppered with some hassling defense. It turns out that his jumpshot is just as advertised, his perimeter defense is already the best on the team, AND his effortless athleticism is so apparent with every rebound, and every ferocious dunk, which has become a staple in his game.
Our weakest position is clearly the wing position. Drummond could not possibly be a trade commodity for the Raptors, playing 14 minutes a game behind Ed, Amir, Bargs, and Val. Ross on the other hand is a necessary component to our team, and will continue to mature well into the team's dynamic.
Ross is a lot rarer of a player than you guys seem to lead on.
'Fit' or 'need' should have no relation to 'best player' - that was Alex Rucker's excuse after the draft. That Ross was the 'best fit' for this team (for a number of reasons). Best fit is not necessarily best player.Quote:
That's just it, "best" is such a subjective term. It's not just individual basketball skills that determines the "best" available player, but also attitude, potential for improvement (and ultimate projected ceiling), age, injury history, position (both scarcity of talent and team need), fit with current roster (does he need to contribute now, or can he be a multi-year project with current depth), etc...
And this isn't a criticism of Ross. Individually he's been good. But watching Drummond is like watching Dwight Howard, and knowing this team could have had that (should they have been willing to rebuild instead of attempt to win now) will end up biting it in the ass down the road
Strangely enough Drummond should have fit into Colangelo's 'stacking principle'.
Craiger, Name me one other players who has the versatility to be an elite defender, 3pt shooter, and high flyer?
A big issue here - right or wrong, and we all know wrong, as I was one of the biggest idiots on the subject - was the presence of Bargnani. The belief - right or wrong and, again, we all now know wrong - was Bargnani had finally cracked his potential and Casey was the coach to max his bottomless fountain of potential.
If you look at the current roster and believe that a) Lowry is going to be the guy in Houston the last 2 years and b) Bargnani was going to be the guy he initially showed under Casey then the Raptors are a pretty good squad. Not a contender but certainly not a lottery team.
Well, none of that worked out. Ross was the better fit. Colangelo certainly hypocrited on his best player available and stacking principle hyperbole. And the Raptors continue to try to get ahead with concrete blocks on their feet due to undesirable trade assets and/or a lack of trade assets.
This really hits at the root of all my #tradeBargnani frustrations. I am sure it is unintentional on his part but his inconsistent and flashes of brilliance in his play has really, really has f*cked the franchise on so many levels. More importantly Colangelo has f*cked the franchise on so many levels for continually believing he is the answer.
My answer to everything right now is:
1) Take other teams shit for prospects and picks,
Bold two - spot on.
if you dont mind me editing your list a bit
Detroit did what I hope Toronto can do and that was to create an area of strength for their team. A starting front court of Monroe and Drummond is a true foundation which they can build around. All that stands between those two knocking off OKC's front court as the best in the NBA are a few years of experience and development imo.
Now if ED can add some bulk there is the possibility that he and JV could form a dominant duo themselves, but there is no matching Detroits bulk and athleticism.