ah biased raptors fans gotta love them.
ah biased raptors fans gotta love them.
As they stand now, the Nets and Knicks will be bad for a long, long time. Both have traded their futures away. Why should the Raptors help them? That's 2 less teams to worry about. No expiring contract is worth making a team in the same division better. None. And if they're smart, no team in the league will offer them a "winning" trade. These are 2 teams with lots of money, in ideal markets -- why help them repair their teams and then have to compete against them for free agents?
Even if you are anti-Demar, pro-tank any trades that help division rivals, and make the Raptors worse are short-sighted at best. DeMar is improving -- yes he still takes shots from the wrong parts of the court, but when you include the amounts of fouls he draws, and his improved assist rate in the games since Rudy left he is becoming a valuable piece. If the current trend continues he will be one of the first players to improve under analytic statistics this late in his development. Maybe it's a fluke, but the article is still rubbish, poorly researched, and propped up nonsense.
How can a person write that no one knows what Masai is doing at the front of an article and then conclude that he's going to ship out a particular player in the conclusion? That wouldn't even pass for a basic high school paper. At every level this is article is rubbish.
Wake the fuck up people.
Derozan still has to take a lot of long twos (contested often times) because he's the number one scoring option on the team and has to be the bailout guy offensively a lot of the time. You put Ross in that role and he'll struggle to shoot 40% from the field.
Derozan is meant to be a secondary or tertiary scorer and is paid as such. For now we're going to have to deal with lower efficiency than we'd like until we get a legit number one guy in here. It's not like derozan would need to or want to take bad shots if Lebron played here. Stick him on the clippers where defenses are looking to stop Blake and Paul first and you'd see his efficiency rise.
Just look at Gordon Hayward. Based on his true shooting percentages a lot of you derozan detractors would call him a checker. This is a guy who was hyper efficient last year. So what happened? Is he in a 30 game shooting slump? Or is it because defenses are trying to stop him first and foremost now instead of Jefferson and millsap?
I love advanced stats but they HAVE to be used with context. If not I could reason that trading derozan for Shane battier would make this team infinitely better.
Just to add a bit more. A big part of the reason why Ross is finally showing his ability to shoot lights out is because he can actually play his role of spot up shooter. Why? He no longer plays with the scrubs we have on the bench. Now the bulk of the time he's on the court teams are looking to stop derozan (hell Okc was doubling demar with two wings), Lowry, and even Jonas before him and it just makes his life that much easier.
well i'm more of the teamplaying basketball team types, and I believe that with the simple aquiring of vasquez the raptors where winning in the gay trade.
nevertheless since raptors are on the rebuild, it doesn't mather wether you get a black hole type of player or a teamplayer, since the plan is to get rid of the high priced contracts to start hiring the right guys.
finally, i'll be really sad to see johnson or lowry to leave...
Howard Beck just posted a similar article on the Raps, which I think is much better than the Insider one:
Here's the thing about national US media "finally" paying attention to the Raptors - that's what happens when you win in OKC. That's all the issue ever is - you have to be a winning team to get national coverage.
DD has no effect on the teams ability to win. The win streak we are seeing are from Lowry+Amir.
I'm not going to rehash it as I've provided evidence before, DD isn't that good of a player. Period. There is a reason why EVERY analytical guru out there dislikes DeMar...
DD draws double teams we've seen it every game its opened up possessions for Amir to crash the middle and Ross to get his shots off as well as more lanes for Lowry...... DeMar is very important to our wins because he has been passing the ball with all the attention he gets.
Dont be so disrespectful.... Hes as much a part of the teams success as the next guy,
ďThe saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.Ē - Martin Luther King
I think it is good were finally getting some press play. Is this is just a way of trying to get our GM to follow suit like the rest of the dummies in the NBA mainly the Knicks.(I am quoting the Knicks veto of the trade to TO) Sure right an article that makes a little sense then say we need to trade for a pick at the chance before the balls drop. MU is going to make the playoffs this year and have some sweets to add to a deal to move up in the draft if he cant get the pick for Lowery in another package.
And J. Harden is a volume scorer that needs the ball to be effective. He has a lot more handles and instincts that DD but still a high volume scorer. I don't care what the stats are for what ever formula. DD is expanding his game to win, period, he has nights were he is very efficient, and nights where he is not. But c'mon he's 24, and saying he has hit his ceiling is crazy, he couldn't shoot the 3, has greatly improved, cant get assists, and rebs, numbers are all up since the trade. He has shown all the critics he belongs. 20 ppg 4/4/1 is good for 9.5 mil yearly over 4 years. He might be a little high but worthy of the money. He's never going to be a superstar but he is a compliment to one. And a team player. Regardless of the Black Hole thing going around.
When your being told your the scorer, which Casey is, he is going to force shots, everyone will, here's the keys see what u can do. But with the team winning now what is everyone going to say, he's worthy of the top 5 pic. He will constantly be criticised but has shown improvement and good attitude in every season, and now the team is winning. WHAT WHAT
Also DD is just showing he is not a #1 scoring option and/or able to lead a team.... That just isn't his role and asking him to do it is not fair to him or the team. Gordon Hayward is experiencing same thing this year on offence. He is not a number one option but is asked to be (Hayward rebounds better, creates better, and plays better D though, in my opinion). Hayward and DD are both fine complimentary offensive pieces.
Utah are positioning themselves to get that lead scorer in Parker.... The Mormon thing is just a sweetener.
I'm not sure how Toronto does it. It is too bad rudy had his contract and was dead set on stopping the ball.
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