Totally agree with Matt, at this point, the point guard hasn't been the problem (when has it been in the last couple years in general?). It's the coaching and the system put in place to run the offense, the sets are poorly executed, and it breaks down far too often, and too easily, which allows defenses to really buckle down, and make the offense take bad shots, take poor possessions i.e forcing the ball into Gay's hands to make plays in iso, which is 75% of the time.
Going back to the point about PF i dont really care if Amir starts or comes off the bench. We need another big of a similar talent level. The only "talented" big i would really take is Gasol for his mentorship of JV and his passing/postup game. We all know hes injury prone but hey we had bargs... cant get much worse tbh.
The perfect PF for us i believe is Brandon Bass. Now, i have no idea if we could get him or not but hes a great shooter which i believe we need, hard working rebounder, has size, plays defence and has been apart of a winning program. I think he would be a perfect fit, if we can get him or not who knows, i did hear Boston had interest in Bargs... depends how much i guess.
Brandon Bass would be great. Solid Vet not to mention stays healthy.
I've learned to try and temper my optimism. Each year is the same story in that we have a terrible season, but you can see clear paths to improvement, however each year the team finds a way to get back to mediocrity. Actually mediocrity is what we were in the Bosh era and sadly we care currently trying to get back to that stage.
We went into this season thinking our 12th ranked defense (I beleive) from last season could take another step forward with Lowry at the point, a legit sized C in JV, DD and ED with another year of experience and time to improve their D and with the only set back I saw being the switch from JJ to Fields. I think our defense regressing to Triano levels was the most disappointing aspect of this entire season for me. I really don't even care about Bargnani's lack of production because I thought our defense is what we'd be able to hang our hat on every night, but then the basketball gods laid a big ole' steaming pile of crap on our team. Can't wait to see what they have planned for us next season!
"I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder
"Disappointing Season, Optimistic Outlook"
Sounds like the Raptors have a new official motto.
Agree with the sentiment of bad D dissapointment. What has happened to pounding that rock?!
On a bright side... there is a place for optimism for the next season. For me, personally its JV. His development will solidify the D - ala "Irving stop" as early as next season. By the way, he's put up some nice post moves in consequtive games now. This is as good as it gets for me at this point. We just might have something very special!
As for PF debate - I'd like to see Acy develop into poor man's Amir. Yeah, it would be ideal to have some one like Bass with defined roles for each player (Toronto issues?!) but there is a risk of team chemistry - another controversy, who starts: Amir or Bass?? Some may say Amir is a true professional/has been coming off the bench before; I'd say- leave the guy in the starting five. He is the motor behind this team. He's been nothing but spectacular this season! Limited skill, but all heart. One of the bigs gotta have post moves - it's true to be successfull any team needs at least one. Looks like JV could be this dude for us.
Finally, my two cents on expectations... as I've said before, this team as-is with the natural development/chemistry is at least 0.500 team, which is typically good enough for a 6-7 seed in the East. I think this should be our expectations, and front offcie evaluation criteria, for the next season. Would this satisfy me as a fan long term? No! I want a contender. Currently, the Raps are not there and I have not heard the brass laying a solid plan to get there but its another topic for discussion.
Call me a sucker again but the nerve damage in his elbow caused him to adjust his shot for the better part of 2 years. Now that the issue has been resolved combined with a summer of shooting to return to his 'native' form, I think he can return close to his rookie numbers. His jumper of late has not caused me to cover my children's eyes so that is an improvement.
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
No matter who the Raps start next year, the team will eventually need to find a low post scorer. Can JV develop a low-post game? Perhaps and hopefully so, but Amir is way too much of a jump shooter. We need someone who gets the attention of the defence (and some double-teams) to create space for the plethora of slashers we have. David West is the proto-type I think we need, but unfortunately there aren't a lot of these guys left in the league.
Whatever you do, do it the best you can
JV has the ability to be a consistent low post guy some of the moves he does in games just catch other Cs (not named Demarcus Cousins) completely off guard.
JV is very Tenacious.
If I were coaching this team, we would be running plays (post up plays) consistently for JV. The sooner he develops the confidence and moves in the post, the better this team will be.
My favourite thing about JV is his heart and energy. We need a PF/C who bangs, gets rebounds, plays inside and JV does all these things well. Did you see how well he played against Dwight Howard?? I must admit he's better than i expected. All he needs is more experience (defensive positioning and avoid picking up ticky tac fouls), hard work during the off-season (post moves - he's already a decent shooter) and he needs to get bigger/stronger.
If he can put the work in...The sky is the limit for JV.
I'm still convinced the team needs an upgraded starting PF. Not only will it improve the starting unit, but having Johnson coming off the bench will make the 2nd unit that much stronger. I really like how a 3-big rotation of ???/JV/Johnson shapes up, with Gay/Fields even capable of playing spot minutes at PF in small-ball lineups.
Ideally a trade package consisting of Bargnani & future 1st round pick will suffice, otherwise what legit option for trade/S&T is there? DeRozan?
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