As a young player learning the position, fighting for and being in good position is a talent/strength in itself. Though frustrating hope JV can understand this...his time will come when his mates see his consistency and his position becomes a large part of the offense. Right now there is too much going on with the team.
However, he has done a pretty good job of trying to be a rim protector and without fouling every play....I see massive strides in this area compared to last. Just needs to improve his body to allow him to guard face up bigs and PnR situations
Second I would like to address the above quoute before getting into the heart my rebuttal to the overall point of the thread. How does Portland not have a superstar? Lilliard is better than any player on the raptors and still has upside. In 5 years he could be the best PG in the league and no one would be surprised by it. Lilliard isn't even the best player on Ripcity, Aldridge is getting serious MVP consideration. I think the clearly have some star power.
Finally. The idea that talent is wasted in Toronto because we can't develop our players is valid but a bit of a stretch. Even if this was the case in the past due to coaching/management philosophy, we have clearly moved on as an organization. Could these Raptors make the playoffs, develop together, get some experience and be a solid team? I think so. Would I watch the games and be excited for the playoffs? Of course! But does our team currently have in place enough short term and potential long term talent to win game 7's in the playoffs? No we don't.
PS I also feel that the concept that "clearly Raptors fans want to tank because everyone on the Raptors Republic forum wants to tank" is skewed. If you are a big enough fan of the team to be posting on a team forum you probably have a lot invested in the team and the sport of basketball. Hardcore fans understand how being bad is needed to be good, I think the average fan (which make up a large majority of the teams following) would rather be okay and make the playoffs.
I'm sure JV doesn't take it personally and realizes Dwane is just a retard.
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It's a tough call, while it does seem that JV is showing more frustration this year versus last year, it is difficult to parse where he is directing that frustration. How much is directed at teammates, coach(es), himself, or just unspecified frustration at the universe?
This also isn't something I'm worried about. JV will earn Casey's respect, and/or Casey won't be back next year. I do feel that if there is any damage to JV's development due to Casey's system/minutes will be remedied pretty quickly with a new coach. At least I'm not worried that Casey will "ruin" JV as a player.
"They're going to have to rename the whole conference after us: Toronto Raptors 2014-2015 Northern Conference Champions" ~ ezzbee
"We only have one rule on this team. What is that rule? E.L.E. That's right's, E.L.E, and what does E.L.E. stand for? EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY. Right there up on the wall, because this isn't just a basketball team, this is a lifestyle. ~ Jackie Moon
Aldridge - amazing post scorer and passer with good range
Batum - very good perimeter shooter and decent ball handler and good defender
Matthews - very good perimeter shooter and decent defender
Lillard - the motor, can score inside or out, in transition or half-court
Lopez - big with a decent motor to do the dirty work, undervalued player for years is getting some due finally
I read a Brad Stevens interview where he said that the biggest difference between pro ball and college ball is how much more they practice in college. There are just too many games in the NBA.
THIS is why JV's gotta get more minutes. He needs these games to develop.
I don't think Casey's ruining Jonas' development - that fear is overstated, imho. Plenty of coaches develop young players this way. The appropriate approach really depends on your personnel - "playing through mistakes" means some young guys are allowed to develop, or never required to address, bad habits. Heavy minutes help accelerate development for other guys. Getting benched is a wake-up call for some guys that helps them stay focused while they're on the floor and paying attention to what the coaching staff is trying to teach them. Other guys get rattled and thrown out of rhythm by being benched and playing with irregular minutes. A guy like Bargs loses confidence and motivation altogether without regular minutes.
I think Jonas will be fine, even though I'd like to see him with a bit of a longer leash.
So I just thought it was funny that everyone is blaming Dwayne Casey for not effectively developing his young talent this season. Simply put, it has been the topic of nearly every Quick Recap, and the subject of many forum threads. Yet, although I do agree that this is the case, and the problem is quite severe, I don't necessarily think that Casey is solely to blame. I see this ongoing issue as a function of the lack of developmental incentives directed towards Casey. Think about it, the man is in the last year of his contract and is quite desperate to win. Specifically, he needs to justify his extension, or at the very least strengthen his basketball resume so that he may find a job elsewhere. Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that Casey is unwilling to play his younger and more inexperienced players as they will not contribute to his job security. I mean, would you want to role the dice and use largely unknown mercurial entities when vying to keep your job (Ross to a greater extent)? I wouldn't.
This is why I think that Casey should have been fired long ago. It's no secret that he probably isn't going to be extended, so why should he care about how the rookies develop? In all reality, from his perspective it's probably much better if they do not blossom into all-stars. Would you want to have to compete against a stronger team when revisiting Toronto with another organization? I don't think so.
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