I think a coaching change is necessary 'cause Casey is a good defensive assistant coach, not head coach material.
Missing Ridnour, and John Henson. That is what we are missing. (Not to mention the addition by subtractions of AA and AB)
- Perimeter shooting at the wings. Gay and DD better put in work this summer to add that to their games because it is necessary going forward. Teams are already cheating off the 3 pt line on the Raps, need to get that respect from opp. D
- A PF that can give you 32 or more productive minutes. No disrespect to Amir, but he is best used as a reserve and Bargnani has yet to show us he can be that guy on a winning club. I personally would like to see Pau Gasol in this slot, depending on what it would take to get him in a Raps uniform.
- Veteran, pass-first PG. Someone steady back there, Calderon-like skill set. Luke Ridnour I've always liked as a reserve.
- JV keeps developing steadily. The team's fortunes are closely tied with his success over the next 3 years.
I think I can some sum up with one word what this team is missing:
Not the one we have, but the one we were supposed to have. I'm talking about the player that was promised to us 7 years ago, a scoring dynamo that can hit from pretty much anywhere on the court, who is an assassin from the 3 point line, but also deadly with great touch around the basket, and extreme quickness that causes nightmares for opposing defenses. A 7 footer who not just creates spacing because Casey imagines it to be so, but in actuality. Like, for real. What I'm talking about is a player that exists in the minds of every #SupportBargnani fanboy, that player that they are imagining in their head -- that player, is the player we are missing. Bring that imaginary player into fruition (who has seen Weird Science?) and this team starts winning games again.
Agreed with anything but Foye. He's a combo guard. I personally would like Ridnour over Augustin.
A low post scorer
Wing player that can get to the basket (not someone who relies on jumpshots)
A competent coach
we should've kept calderon and traded lowry. Valanciunas is elite at the pick and roll at an nba level, and calderon is one of the few guys in this league that could set him up. Calderon and davis also had excellent chemistry together.Terrence Ross is an elite shooter that fits the mold of an inside out team. I also have no doubt that his confidence and the level at which he is playing would be much higher with calderon running point. I wonder if there was a 3 way trade (maybe with thomas robinson in sacramento) to be had with sending lowry to a 3rd team, thereby facilitating the rudy gay trade.
enough bitching and whining though, it's done. And it's just basketball.
Originally i posted this on a different thread but i decided to make a new thread on this seeing as i haven't started a thread in a while. Anyways, if we truly want to make a run next year and make it to the playoffs as not only an 8th seed but a 7th or 6th, we need to upgrade the roster in certain positions for sure, there are a lot of holes that need to be filled. There are a TON of good FA this summer so it's a very good year to shop and fill out the roster with good solid bench players and solid starters(who can actually contribute consistently). We have 5 guys that are UFA this summer: Alan Anderson, Aaron Gray(Player option), LK(Player option), Pietrus, and Telfair. Of these 5, imo, we should keep Gray, and resign Telfair as a 3rd string pg, i'm kinda torn on LK because i love his toughness coming off the bench but he just can't stay healthy. Guys i wanna see gone are: AA, Pietrus, Bargnani, and Lucas. Maybe we could package Lucas and Bargs in a deal to bring in some picks and cash(can't see these two netting much more). So then we're left with:
PG: Lowry,---, Telfair
SG: DeRozan, Ross
SF: Rudy, Fields
PF: Amir,---, Acy
C: Valanciunas, Gray
Now for FA signings. Here's a list of FA's i want the Raps targeting:
Insurance Wings:(in case of injury)
3rd Big:(only if Starting PF is not aquired)
*- Positions in need of upgrade
Let me know what you guys think. What positions really need an upgrade? What can we get for Bargs? Who should we target?
Al Jefferson would be killer on this team.
I dont agree with Beno Udrih, I wouldve gotten him before the trade deadline because he is already expiring. I wouldnt sign him for extra years!
Zaza would be a nice insurance for our bigs in foul trouble
And I vote Anthony Morrow, because that kid can shoot.
Good luck with getting any of that with the diarrhea milkshake of a financial situation we have
Anthony Morrow is a ridiculously good in-game 3pt-shooter (ie not Kapono). We should definitely pick him up.
The Raps have 5 players-- sadly they all start. Their bench is littered with players who should have significantly less usage in their ideal roles. Of the starters the Raps have only 4 actually starters. Amir would be best as the first big off the bench.
So we need one starting PF.
EDIT: This is my 3rd time trying to get this right.
The two things the Raps need is a proper assessment of what they have, and moves that place those players in the best situation to succeed.
PF is the perfect example. Amir is built for the first big off the bench role. He can play both the 4 and 5, high energy, but has a fairly high foul rate. If he starts you lose some of that energy because he has to hold back on the incidental fouls. Off the bench he is free to play his game. Once the 5 players are playing in the right roles then they can assess who to keep, trade, offer a contract, draft, etc. Depending on the type of PF replaces Amir in the starting 5 further adjustments need to be made.
We can probably sign Morrow for the mini MLE
And use the MLE on a big.
But Im not sure how we get Jefferson in town..
I mean, the team needs a backup PG for sure...and a 3rd big (probably PF) who can be a main part of the rotation with JV/Amir, and a 4th big who has C size but isn't immobile like Gray. Gray and Acy are good as bruising/hustle 3rd stringers.
The team has to turn Bargnani into at least a backup PG or 3rd(whether he or Amir starts) big. Then use the MLE to get whatever is missing.
I know if it came to PFs, my #1 MLE target is Carl Landry, if he opts out. If he doesn't, I might actually not bother using the whole MLE on someone. Maybe try to get a couple of depth bigs from guys like Brand, Wright, Clark, Hickson, Turiaf, etc..
Morrow was the first one I thought of...correct me if I'm wrong, but I think percentage-wise he's in the top 5 for the last 3 years, which is amazing considering he's locked to the bench in Atlanta, and now Dallas. Also I really like CJ and DJ's games, DJ can be a lot more effective than Lucas as a backup. Lucas provides the scoring, but he can't run our offense if his life depended on it.Quote:
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Who would fit the best at the starting PF?