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    10 games in...ups and downs...nailbiters and blowouts.

    Who has surprised you the most so far? Good or bad.

    Personally, I'm floored by Bosh. I was never a hater, but I wasn't a blind lover either. He is as determined as a dog going after a bone so far and I've become a big fan of how he isn't showing up the officials any more. Sure, he is going inside more and drawing contact, but doing so without always looking for a call goes a long way in the unwritten law of officiating.

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    Hands down Bosh. It's like everything Raptors fans have pissed and moaned about Bosh over the last couple years, he's listened to those criticisms and changed his style of game altogether. Not settling for as many mid range jumpers and playing the post with no fear. Its been very impressive.

    I'm hoping that within due time we see Andrea playing more in the post too because he's proven that he can "shake" with the best of them in the key. Not to mention having both Bosh and Andrea consistently in the post will also increases our odds of offensive boards and second hand chances.

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    Belinelli. I've written about this elsewhere - basically, I thought he was a pretty crummy player before the season started. "Replacement level" as stat-geeks would say. I saw a ton of bad shots and turnovers out of him last year in GS and thought Raptors Nation was way, way too high on him. But now, I've turned into a fan.

    Part of it is probably the fact that I was biased against him last season - I HATED that he was getting minutes that Anthony Morrow deserved. Part of it was because, well, he really was turning the ball over and taking bad shots. And that's not even talking about the defense.

    With Toronto, he's cut down the turnovers a bit and he's scoring very efficiently, even though he's still taking some very "questionable" shots. I appreciate his aggressiveness and his creativity with the ball. It's also nice to see a three-point gunner who ACTUALLY SHOOTS THE BALL, as opposed to what we saw from Kapono last season. His defense still isn't very good, but it's not awful, either. Every game, I look forward to the bench guys coming in, and he's a part of that.

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    Every time he shoots I am thinking "Oh No!" - off balance, quick release poor fundamentals but so far they've been going in.

    I guess that's the bottom line but really I can't believe it can continue. He is creative and a good passer. Defence or rather lack of same as advertised!

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    Quote James wrote: View Post
    With Toronto, he's cut down the turnovers a bit and he's scoring very efficiently, even though he's still taking some very "questionable" shots. I appreciate his aggressiveness and his creativity with the ball. It's also nice to see a three-point gunner who ACTUALLY SHOOTS THE BALL, as opposed to what we saw from Kapono last season. His defense still isn't very good, but it's not awful, either. Every game, I look forward to the bench guys coming in, and he's a part of that.
    Maybe it was just my perverse eye, but seeing him run the floor without the ball on Sunday gave me Kapono flashbacks. Same type of cuts, same positioning at the end of them. Gahhh.

    He still has a ways to go to be a "surprise" to me, but a lot of that is probably coming from what I perceived to be a huge outpouring of anticipation after his signing.

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    Bosh: Always thought he had it in him. Great to see it. I hate all the "contract year" chatter. With CBA as it is, he would max out if he slept through the season. Loving his game this year.

    Marco B: Thought he was a "buddy signing" for Bargs, but has turned into an X-Factor. Hope he keeps it up.

    Jack: I was most excited by JJ's signing in the off season. So far he has been a disappointment, but not tragic yet. Might also be a buddy signing.

    Bargs: The boy goes to hoop whenever he wants! Nice! But can still shoot the 3.

    Edit: Soon to add Reggie. He will exceed expectations.

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