Terrence Ross will play better with more talent around him.
I don't see how Ross is any more valuable than Rivers at this point, especially when comparing the two in Vegas. And don't give me this bull about how summer league doesn't matter, because it does. Ross was supposed to show what he can do against lesser competition, and he didn't even play decent, let alone playing like a star.
I think the biggest argument for the Raptors being "mired in monotony: stuck in a rut" is the foundation on which this team has been built.
The roster was constructed around and for Bargnani by Colangelo.
There has been a shit load of change to the coaches, front office, and 2nd/3rd string with 6 new players but at its core the guys with the big contracts are all Colangelo's guys.
Colangelo constructed the team around a supposed 3pt shooter (but in reality last two years a long two point shooting) 7-footer with suspect team defensive skills and no rebounding skills. Break down the starters:
PG - defense first (blaming injuries last year), high rebounding, punch-and-kick driver
SG - poor 3pt shooter, slasher
SF - good defender, good rebounder, another slasher, average 3pt (Fields then Gay)
PF - *insert best possible Bargnani description here*
C - space creating roller, rebounder, help defender
So the monotony will likely continue until 1 of these outcomes happens:
1) DD and Gay become average to really good 3pt shooters,
2) Fire sale, tank brigade,
3) A stretch four that fulfills what Bargnani was suppose to be is brought in (unless you thinK Novak and/or Daye is that guy).
3) The most likely to develop into that type of player is Austin Daye. If his proven two things in his NBA career is that he can shoot the three and blocks shots. With the right role and the right trainer(Alex) he "could" be a pretty could stretch four.
Tbh I don't really have a full plan myself, and that's why I'm not the GM of the team. I trust that Ujiri knows what he's doing, tank or no tank.
In my view our best chance to break out of the rut is forJV to emerge , avoid injury and get more minutes. IF this happens there may be more open 3's and the percentages for DD and RG will have a chance to increase. Also AA will not be taking away oppurtunities for DD and RG.
Just those teams alone have elite level talent that we can't compete with even if our wings improve their 3 point shooting or we get a stretch 4. The NBA is about elite talent and improving from within isn't enough to get you over the hump, unless the improvement is going from border line all star to all star or super star. I don't even know if options 1 or 3 make us better than the current Atlanta team.
What I would love to see is us keep Gay and JV, whom are clearly our two best players and add to that a PG that can control the pace of he game like Rondo and surround those guys with 3 and D role players.
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I'm not even sure how necessary 3+D is.
Somehow Memphis got to the Western Conference Finals with only two starters who could consistently hit the 3... and neither of them were even hitting their 3s in the playoffs. Conley shot 28% and Prince shot 26%. Obviously Tony Allen, Z-Bo and Gasol aren't lights out three point shooters.
I guess that's what an elite team defense can do for you. Memphis was dead last in the NBA in three pointers made per game at 4.7 this year also. Even the Raptors were much better than that (15th with 7 makes).
Indiana also ranked below the Raptors in 3s made (slightly at 6.9) on a slightly higher percentage (34.7% compared to 34.3%). They also featured a lineup with only 2 guys that could hit the three with any consistency (Hill and George). I guess you could add Stephenson as well since he shot 33% on 2.4 attempts per game which isn't bad.
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To be the 14th best defense in 2011-12. And then we had a monumental dropoff to 22nd last year. I just don't see how it isn't possible for this team to be top 10 defensively with significantly better defensive personnel than that 2011-12 team.
Some people might say that it's because we ramped up the pace offensively... but we didn't. We became a much more efficient offensive team (went from 29th to 13th in oRTG), but our pace didn't really increase at all (25th to 24th).
Can anyone find any examples of guys who basically couldn't get to the FT line at all early in their careers but later figured it out and started getting there with regularity?
Hopefully Casey and his new assistants have a better game plan going into next season. I don't believe they will be a top tier defensive team but it would be pretty awesome if they were.
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