Mon Apr 1st, 2013, 02:34 PM
The "dilemma" facing the Raptors.
The coming off-season will see the Raptors in a position of "dilemma". On the one hand they can choose to continue the re-building process and hope they contend which seems like a realistic possibility. On the other, they can 'tank'(assuming OKC uses our pick this year), end up in the bottom as much as possible and possibly pick a "franchise player" in a deep 2014 draft. The latter will probably not happen if BC is still at the helm 'cause it would mean that all this(rebuilding) was for nothing. So the only way option two is possible as I see it is if BC is fired.
Let's however look at the two options.
1) CONTINUE REBUILDING.
-Possibly make the play-offs next year and build from there. Maybe some repeated visits to the play-offs.
-Another addition like Gay is very possible.
-Bad chemistry could lead to a disaster with the team ending up in a familiar 'outside the play-offs' position therefore picking late lottery.
-Team stuck with big, difficult to move contracts.
-An almost certain BC firing would lead to a new GM being hired who could take time to bring the team on track.
-A deep draft can see Raptors pick one of 5-6 'superstar potential' players who could completely change the direction of the franchise.
-With some good talent already on the team, it shouldn't take long to be successful.
-The superstar pick being on a Rookie contract for a while would mean financial stability and flexibility.
-Possibility of ending up with a pick outside 5-6, thereby ending up with an OK player but not a 'franchise course altering' one.
-The above takes the team further back.
If I haven't included some points, please do so. Option 1 is safe but can leave the team in mediocrity or less. Option 2 is risky but can be very rewarding. What do you guys think?
Mon Apr 1st, 2013, 02:37 PM
Raptors Republic Veteran
I'd rather go into mediocrity and 4 -5 years of 2nd round exits than go back to rebuilding again.
Mon Apr 1st, 2013, 02:42 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar
tanking should never be an option.
it's like smoking crack to help combat alcoholism
sure you stopped drinking, so it was a great success... but now you're a god damn crackhead
and maybe you'll be able to fight off the crack addiction.... but the people who know you will always remember that year you pretended Chris Quinn and a bunch of D-leaguers were legit.... i mean, that year you were a crackhead
Mon Apr 1st, 2013, 02:56 PM
#1 is the only viable option. A team doesn't draft in the lottery for 4 straight seasons (DeRozan, Davis, Valanciunas and Ross), then trade a future 1st round pick for a young starting PG and make a blockbuster deal for a high priced 2nd-tier star, only to turnaround and start another complete rebuild from scratch. This isn't even a legit discussion, as far as the Raptors are concerned.
Even if all the Raptors players died and a rebuild from scratch was required, there's no guarantee that the Raps be the 'best' at tanking ahead of the 2014 draft, there's no guarantee that the Raps would win the 2014 draft lottery and there's no guarantee that any players in the 2014 draft lottery will go on to become superstars. That's not even a strategy, it's just dumb luck, wishful thinking and hope.
Mon Apr 1st, 2013, 04:27 PM
Raptors Republic All-Star
The people that dismiss tanking are often talking like it's an alternative that they can't stomach cause it means losing. Guys, this team isn't going to win. It's not like tweaking and re-tooling the current roster is going to result in sustained winning.
Look, the team added Kyle Lowry (in order to win), added Rudy Gay (what's the record since?) and two, count' me, two, lottery picks. The result? A 27-46 team.
People who think that staying the course