I found this interesting analysis published after the 2011 season. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/7...n-2011/page/27
The analyst ranked the top NBA players for the 2011 in terms of PER, who were under the age of 25. The premise was that building a team around the best young players (based on PER) was a good way to develop a franchise.
For Raptors fans, the results would be encouraging, and puzzling. The current roster has no less than 5 of the top 35 under 25 during 2011:
34. DeMar DeRozan (age 21): PER 14.52
30. Andrea Bargnani (age 25): PER 16.50
28. Kyle Lowry (age 25): PER 16.51
24. Amir Johnson (age 24): PER 17.67
22. Rudy Gay (age 24): PER 17.88
So, what are we to make of this? Is the PER a somewhat unreliable predictor of individual success? Probably.
Did some of these players fail to develop further? It would seem so.
Have the Raptors had too young a team to really succeed? I think so.
Have the Raptors suffered from problems with chemistry? Definitely.
Do the Raptors have some young talent that might grow "organically" with effective and consistent coaching? We shall see.