This is how I feel.
14 years ago, we had two magnificent young gun wing players on our team, whose names were Vince Carter and Tracy Mcgrady. One was a 23 or so year old all star, the other a 21 or so year old role player who was an absolute beast on the defensive end. Obviously in the years since 2000, both have gone on to have legendary careers.
But during that one magical year, the Raptors went to the playoffs for the first time, and despite getting taken down by a gritty New York team, things were looking good in Raptor land. That offseason, T Mac left, seeking glitz and glamor. The Raptors, led by Vince Carter and a host of gritty vets, made it to within 2 seconds of going to the ECF in the 2001 playoffs.
Now imagine if T Mac had stayed. There is no question that the Raptors would have overcome Allen Iverson's 76ers. Kobe Bryant himself said that had VC and T Mac stayed together, the Raptors would have been title contenders for several years.
DD And 3Ross have the potential to do the same. Demar's game compliments T Ross's long range shooting. Ross has the same elite level defensive potential that T Mac had, and even then Ross is showing the signs of becoming an elite level 3 point shooter. No, they will probably not become multiple all stars, but the fact that we can say potentially speaks volumes. So why not see what this dynamic duo can do? (Alongside Kyle Lowry, the diamond stud of this team).
Demar is the all star, the captain, the one that the league is glorifying. Yet this same guy is a team player. He has been abysmal shooting as of late, but there's no denying his leadership and intensity. DD was the one that cooled down Green after his shooting barrage on Sunday with a couple of great steals. He himself struggled, but I saw fire.
Lets not forget, we were supposed to be a mediocre tanking team this year. Instead, we are 8 games behind the Miami Heat. Explanations/excuses aside, we have still won 37 games and have the potential to set the franchise record for games won in a season.
Who cares if we win or lose in the playoffs this year. We will win because our boys will get some experience in springtime basketball.
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Demar and Ross do not equal T-Mac and Vince.
I was quoting his individual ORTG and DRTG, which are much less effected by team impacts than on-court ORTG and DRTG (although admittedly there is still an impact, especially for DRTG). Of course, everyone on the team must have good ORTG's and DRTG's then, right? That's why Lowry has an ORTG of 119 and Vasquez has one of 101. Why Patterson has an ORTG of 115 and Salmons has one of 100. And yes, note that the DRTG's are much less spread out, but there's still big differences (107 for Vasquez, 106 for DD versus 102 for PPat, 101 for Hayes).
In the meantime, they have almost identical ORTG and DRTG this year (on the same team), the year where DD made a HUGE leap, and Ross' sophomore year.
But anywho..... I think the point some people are making here is that while Ross and DD have been good, can you build an actual contender with them?
Really not fair to compare DD or Ross with VC or T-Mac for that matter. The talent gap is just too far. It's like the difference between a franchise player and an All Star reserve.
Even though it's great DD became an all star it comes with a lot of caveats this season. If he wants to cement himself as an all star for years to come it starts with his performance in the play offs.
Also as I've said before DD is not going to be a 6th man.
TR will be a closer in this league. Combine that with his excellent 3 point shooting, better than average defence (and still improving) flashes of dribble penetration and passing skills and this kids got a chance to be something special. DD is a gym rat and (from a guy that's never been anywhere near the team) I hope that TR is learning the work ethic from him. His improvement this year suggest he has.
I don't think it has to be DD or TR. I like TR and DD but I don't know how well it works without KL. He's the cornerstone of this team. What he does will drastically affect what MU does going forward.
Of course chances are that I'm completely wrong.
Why is it not fair? Talent aside, they definitely have the chance to co exist. I too do not think Derozan is a franchise player, but its no secret that the Raptors are going to be going after a big name Free Agent in the next 2 years. I love T Ross, but he is far away from Derozan on the development scale.
One thing that I know for sure, is the fact that the SG position is the weakest position in the league talent-wise, and the Raptors are holding onto the second best (scoring wise) SG in the league, second to James Harden. This, combined with his absolute steal of a contract, gives Demar the opportunity to be a wonderful 2nd option to our to-be franchise player (Durant? Love?)
T Ross can stay, and can either become our 6th man or remain a starter depending on the types of acquisitions Masai makes.
Last edited by YoungGunRaptor; Tue Mar 18th, 2014 at 06:41 PM.
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