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Thread: "Re-signing Chris Bosh is not enough"

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    Default "Re-signing Chris Bosh is not enough"

    This post by Arsenalist got me thinking, and since I'd rather not sift through all the comments i decided to see what people on the forum think.

    For me i think even if Bosh stays, and the core is unchanged, we are still mediocre. We have Jack, Derozan, Turk, Bosh, and Bargs as our 1-5. That line-up (if Bosh re-signs) will be locked up for 4-5 years. I dont know about you guys, but that team just looks "Okay", its nothing special and its 100% not championship calibar.

    Looking at the team Jack is (for his sallary and production) a good piece. He attacks the basket, a suprisingly good shooter and has a great attitude.
    The jury is still out on Derozan, he's young so there is no need to throw him under the bus yet. I think we can all agree he has a lot of talent and he has a chance to be a special player.
    Bargs looks great. He is being paid market value (or even below market value). Hes a guy who can drop 20 on any given night, will block shots, hit 3s, and grabs 6-7 boards. I'll take that from my starting center.
    Bosh is the franchise. flat out, plain and simple. The guy is playing possessed right now. He's crashing the boards and dropping points. I think he has closed the argument of "Is he a franchise guy?"

    Now on to Turk.... What can i say.. hes overpaid, overrated, and to me it just doesnt look like he cares. Sure he'll make a few nice passes and hit a 3 once in awhile but he was brought in to be Robin and so far he hasnt met the expectations.
    I for one, knew what we were getting with Turk. I was expecting 12-5-5 stat line and so far he is meeting those standards. The problem with him is that he is shooting 40% from the field and 37% from 3 (i honestly thought that number was lower before i checked it out)

    If you take out Turk from the team right now, i dont think you lose much. They would be right around the same record, minus a catchphrase.

    The bench looks solid as of now. Hopefully Amir gets re-signed, Weems has been playing great, Wright has picked up his game, Rasho!!! plays good in limited minutes, and Calderon is making it all fit. Belli has been a bit of a let down, but he still has potential.

    i think if we lose Bosh i say we blow it up. If he re-signs we still need to make a move to upgrade the team. We all know (hopefully BC realizes it too) that Turk is the problem with the team. When we get a legit SF, thats when we will be contenders, untill then only mediocrity.

    What do you guys think?

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    I think DD is the x-factor. If he can become a perennial "near all-star" it'll solidify the starting line-up.

    Plus, if Bargs continues playing up to his potential (as he's been doing) and if Turk and the coaches can figure out he is best utilized, it'll further improve the quality of our starting unit.

    Finally, giving this team/line-up this season and next season to play together to develop the necessary cohesivness ingrained in every championship caliber team, it'll make this team that much better.

    If all of these factors come together like the alignment of the planets, I think this core group of starters (along with a core group of subs: Jose, Amir, Weems, Wright, Evans, Rasho, Beli) could be able to compete for a title within the next 2-3 years.

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    Bosh is our only hope, plain and simple. Now isn't the time to rebuild, we don't have stockpiled draft picks and no expiring contracts really and the pieces we do have are hard to trade or near impossible to get fair value back. With this core we should be one of the elite in the East, depending on what happens with LeBron, Wade, Amare, Johnson, Boozer, etc. Right now it's too soon to tell.

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    If the Raptors want to win a championship they need to go the route of the Spurs because I don't see any teams giving them sweetheart deals like the Lakers seem to get. If the Raptors want to win a ring then they need to start draft on a level like this:

    Manu Ginobili, drafted 57th overall.
    Tony Parker, drafted 28th overall.
    George Hill, drafted 26th overall.
    Dejuan Blair, drafted 37th overall.

    This is the key to winning rings in Canada. Draft good players. I know the current mentality is to draft projects late in the draft but the Spurs rarely do this. They draft guys who typically are dubbed as able to play now but may not have the upside/athletic ability as higher profile candidates.
    Last edited by Apollo; Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 04:00 PM.

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    i think i'd honestly rather have gone after ariza, artest, and marion rather than turkoglu. but, the thing is we got some nice pieces by making that turkoglu