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    Default Who is the Raptors Franchise Centerpiece?

    Who would you consider to be Toronto's franchise centerpiece? I would say Demar because he's a top 20 player already and you could easily compete (as in playoffs not championship) with him as your number one option for the next 5+ years
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    Lowry is the best and most important player. Centerpiece... I prefer to think of this team as having 2-3 key players (and potentially another one via free agency soon) rather than a centerpiece.

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    Right now this team is all about Lowry.

    That could change this season but last year was Lowry.
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    It's DeRozan. Best player on the team and still only 25. It's easily him.

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    Quote BobLoblaw wrote: View Post
    Lowry is the best and most important player. Centerpiece... I prefer to think of this team as having 2-3 key players (and potentially another one via free agency soon) rather than a centerpiece.
    This sums up how I feel.

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    Kyle is engine that drives the team no question. Demar is the guy though, considering age and his potential to improve still. But if the team wants to take the next step (ie become a contender with this core) it hinges on JV becoming what most of us think he can be -- a star centre.

    So you could say any one of these guys is the franchise centrepiece but without any one of those three we don't take the next step as a team. The Raps haven't truly succeeded in the past with one "franchise" guy, so we shouldn't look to define one guy in that role. All about the core guys and the team as whole.

    "Face of the Franchise" is the term I prefer (someone who represents the team with elite play, professionalism and work ethic), and I would go with Demar.

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    What does "centerpiece" mean to you? That governs the choice. Some translate it to best player, or the one who does the most on the court, today. In that case, it's fair to say Lowry. On the other hand, I translate centerpiece to who is setting the tone for this team, and that includes the near and far future, and how to get there. This team needs a lot more than last year's success to get to where we all want them to get. Who sets the tone for focus on getting better?

    It's obvious by now that DeMar's relentless work ethic to get better is what sets the tone and character of this team.
    - the first thing the braintrust does with the 3 rookies? Send them to LA to work with DeMar
    - the first thing Ross (following DeMar like a puppy) and Jonas do this summer? Go to LA to work with DeMar.
    - Amir has taken his game to new levels, since DeMar arrived
    - Lowry has taken his game to new levels, since arriving in DeMar's space

    DeMar is the guy setting the tone, and example of the hard work it takes to succeed in the NBA, so he's easily my choice as the centerpiece.

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    For whatever reason 'centerpiece' makes me think of who you can build around for the future.

    Jonas.
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    Quote MACK11 wrote: View Post
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    Guys .. Imagine the smiles on our players if we won the NBA championship. \(^o^)/

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    Quote MACK11 wrote: View Post
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    Yep. Everyone else is, by comparison, expendable.

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    Quote mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
    Right now this team is all about Lowry.

    That could change this season but last year was Lowry.
    Just hope he comes into training camp in shape.

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    Quote psrs1 wrote: View Post
    Just hope he comes into training camp in shape.
    I think everybody got a taste of something that could be. They surprised themselves I think. I wouldn't be surprised if they all put in the work over the summer.

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    Jonas, he's the guy our team builds around with the highest upside.

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    Kevin Durant.

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    Got to be alan anderson or john salmons

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    Quote 2kfeen wrote: View Post
    Got to be alan anderson or john salmons
    Get out of here Dwane Casey.

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    Should throw a poll into this thread.

    I vote JV.

    Mobile big men who do not rely on athleticism to produce are cornerstone guys

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