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Thread: Do You Think Amir Will Start for the Raptors Next Season? Why or Why Not?

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    Default Do You Think Amir Will Start for the Raptors Next Season? Why or Why Not?

    With Amir Johnson getting a long term contract from the Raptors(the salary figures were more than what I expected), it is safe to say that he will play a big role next year regardless of whether Bosh comes back or not. My question is this: Is it better off to start Amir along with Bargnani? or should he come off the bench like last year? Looking forward to hearing from you!

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    1. It depends what other transactions the Raptors make before the season opens.
    2. As the roster is now constructed assuming Bosh is gone without replacement I think Triano will give Johnson the chance to start. Where it would go from there is anyone's guess.

    I do not think Davis or Evans would start ahead of Johnson unless he really screws up his chance to start that Triano would give him.

    However, I am not convinced that the Raptors will not work to acquire a more experienced big who has been a successful NBA starter and thus keeping Johnson coming off of the bench.

    It will be interesting to see how it goes down if the Raptors could get someone like even Taj Gibson from Chicago in a Bosh S&T or wind up stuck with Beasley from the Heat.
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    honestly think we should have waited till after the bosh situation was resolved before we negotiated with amir because if we end up with taj gibson then this was a dumb signing even though I still think amir is a bit better right now and younger gibson comes at a much lower price for close to the same production

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    he proved he could be a solid guy last year and that earned him the contract.
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    Ed Davis could end up starting just to ensure he gets his 12-15mpg to help his development (much like Derozan last year) while Amir would still log the majority of the minutes at the 4 spot.

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    Its too early to make out the starting roster, If expectations are low i see Davis and Johnson alternating in the beginning just to figure who makes the most of those minutes and then closer to January a clear cut starter would be determined. If expectations are high as in a better PF/C comes in then its just a battle for who comes off the bench first, should be an interesting year for sure.

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    At this point, I think starting Johnson would be a good idea, with Davis coming off the bench at the 4 or 5. I don't know if Triano will do that, though, as he seems to really like Amir's energy coming off the bench, which I can understand. Really, it doesn't matter, as Amir's going to probably average about 25-30 mpg either way, unless the Raptors get another big man.

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