We could use an upgrade at PF. Amir, 2Pat, and PsychoT bring good energy and I feel as though any combination of them would be good coming off the bench for the Raps.
A PF such as LaMarcus Aldridge would be ideal. With his midrange game (so as to not cramp Jonas on the block) and also able to take it inside when we need high% buckets late in games. He is also a great rebounder and good passer for his position.
There's math, and everything else is debatable.
PF. I love Amir but we need a star caliber player at the 4 spot. A guy that we seem to forget is Serge Ibaka. Averaging more than 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks on a team that has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. I'm sure he could get to 18 and 10 with us.
Ross has look awful off the bench due to his skills requiring good players to play with. When Ross has to create for himself/others thinks end badly. Very badly. I agree that he needs to stay on the starting lineup and in a playoff series he can really be valuable. He has shown an extra gear defensively that is incredible.
I think DD would be best used on draft night. Hopefully he has a good playoff series that allows us to trade up into the draft for one of the SF or PF.
Hey remember when everyone said DD couldn't be a facilitator? Ya me too. Guys have specific roles assigned to them to match their strengths. These guys are pros they work on things and get better. To say Ross can't be a facilitator not even half way through his 2nd year seems a bit premature. Just saying don't put limits on young players you never know what skills they have or may have that they aren't asked to use within their current system and roles.
Ross I don't think will ever be a good enough facilitator/creator. Not because he will be limited by his skills or talent, but due to his personality. He is a passive, nice guy. Great creators have a certain 'edge' and aggressive personalities that help them get into the paint and get dirty. I know I'm describing an immeasurable quality, but it is something that all creators have IMO.
Ross' role should match his personality. We should use him to his strengths and not try and make him something that he isn't.
C position needs an upgrade - but we all have faith that JV will continue to develop. The evolution of the Raptors depends on how well he develops. But in terms of competing now, we need that low post presence that he doesn't provide yet.
PF position needs more offensive production but Amir's defense anchors this team so I wouldn't want to change that right now.
Wings need more size but I like the combo of a 3 & D in Ross and playmaking & scoring in DeRozan. If you can improve that but keep this type of combination in the wings, do it. Realistically, it's DeMar (since his fit to role isn't at an elite level where as Ross is a perfect fit for his role).
PG needs upgrade in terms of attacking the rim. Kyle lacks size but he compensates with all out hustle. No complains for now but the older he gets, the more evident his lack of size will be.
I like how our starting 5 fits. But if you can upgrade talent on any position, while keeping the floor balance, you do it.
To me it has to be the SF spot. You can get away with DD and Ross on the wing during the regular season, but two guys named James and George are standing between the Raps and any meaningful success. Kinda tough to be considered a contender when that matchup alone would likely mean an easy series win for either the Pacers or Heat.
Bk-up guard positions, obviously. I think we have the option to not pick up Salmons. And Vasquez is a poor man's Calderon who was a poor man's something else.
i think amir isn't getting the credit he deserves. with high scoring guards, amir does a lot of the dirty work as well as shooting at a high percentage.
So we can conclude that the 2 spot is the position that doesn't need an upgrade?
Initially, backup PG and a real backup 5. Eventually a real SF so that one of Ross or Demar can go to the bench OR is traded. I'm curious to see what double Pat becomes before fixing the 4.
I think we should give Vasquez more time. He did average 34 mpg in 78 games: 43% FG - 34% 3pt - 80% FT - 4.3 rpg - 9.0 apg - 13.9 ppg - 3.2 to
Thats a pretty good 2652 minutes. It is much more than the mythical 13 games that kept hope in Primo. Vasquez could actually emerge to really bolster our backup PG spot.
Saying that, I think the backup PG spot is not of urgency.
But honestly, I don't think much of our lineup is urgent need of changing.. I think it all just needs to develop. Jonas is not much of a positive so far, wait until he contributes consistently. Ross is showing flashes of what he could be, but he isnt there yet. Demar is still refining. I think if we want to go over the top, we need to get a Kevin Love type at the PF. Amir would anchor the bench behind Jonas and Love.
So my answer is PF.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
BTW, Jonas is the starting anchor at C for the 5th best defence in the league. For someone so young, becoming a defensive presence first is what I value much more highly than a refined offence. Watch for Jonas to become a great two-way player as he matures.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
I like how Amir played last night. I think he defended Love quite well, especially considering he had to chase Love all over the court and defend the perimeter. It was like a statement game for Amir, fans want to bring this guy in to replace me, well I'll show you what I can do!! Good job Amir!!
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