Hi All! There's been a lot of talk of playoffs and 2nd rounds around these parts lately and I couldn't help but think of my favorite Raptors team of all time which was the last time we made it to the 2nd round, the 2000-2001 team(wow! has it really been 13 years? time where did you go....).
From my memory(and from checking the interwebs) I think the starting 5 back then was Alvin, MoPete, Vince, Oaks, and Davis with Childs being our bench primarily being Childs, Clark, Curry and JYD.
The 2000-01 squad was very Vince focussed. They would throw it down to Davis once in awhile but generally speaking the offence ran through Vince with everyone chipping in now and again but mainly off of what Vince would create. Contrast that with our current squad which runs primarily through Demar and Lowry but shares the ball around way more. The Nice thing about the 2000-01 squad is with Carter's crazy talents they always had a good option when they needed a score whereas I feel our current squad doesn't have the same fallback(although Lowry is our default for this) and has to continue to move that ball knowing we will have our opportunities by continuing in it.
This is where I see the biggest difference. That 2000-01 squad had Curry coming off the bench who is the best shooter we have ever had that was automatic when open and feet set(and had a crazy quick release!), They had Keon Clark who was an athletic freak who could iso facing up in the post and eat guys alive(and had crazy highlight dunks on the fast break!). On top of that we had Chris Childs who was an above average backup PG.
Compare that with our current squad: too my eyes I don't think I'd put vaquez in the same category as Childs in terms of backup PG(especially in terms of D), Patterson is our scorer of the bench but not nearly as much as a game changer as Keon(sad he couldn't have made better life choices...), and Curry is x10 better than Salmons on offence but Salmons is significantly better on D.
I think overall our current squad is better at defence, but the 2000-01 squad was quite a bit better at offence. While our current squad has a balanced attack where different guys contribute each night, the 2000-01 squad had elite scorers in Carter, Clark, and Curry and an elite bench which made them so dangerous.
I feel with 2Pat we get some scoring from the bench but thinking back to them good ol' days made me yearn for a better scoring wing option that we could lean on when our bench comes in.
That's how I remember things back then and compare them to now, what's all y'alls take on it?