Just something I've been thinking about lately that has come up in a number of threads and it's something i've been wondering about and i'd like some other opinions. Basically, how important is team chemistry? I know it is an abstract term, but specifically does it upgrade the value of Derozan/Weems/Johnson to the raptors? They are all young, and usually chemistry is seen as being a catalyst of a "glue" guy who is a almost always a veteran leader. IMO I'd prefer to keep all 3 together even if it means we have to pass on Iggy or Philly's number 2. They all seem like hard workers who have not underachieved (with the exception of maybe derozan, who was a rookie) BUT more importantly really like each other, and thus playing for the raptors. Not that i've played or coached basketball at anything higher than the highschool level (nor had a great amount of success at either ) but IMO i'd rather play with or coach guys who get along and hustle (and can be coached to push each other) then more talented players, and that the young gunz could mean the difference between overachieving and underachieving.
I know someone is going to argue "but you can get better players who also have good attitude" and this is true, but personally I rather keep the guys who have demonstrated that they already have chemistry and are young than to split them up. I'm not saying that this will guarantee us a playoff spot, but i honestly think that its really important to keep them together for at least the first half of next year. Am I on crack?