View Poll Results: Who's your favourite Raptor?

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  • Demar Derozan

    9 23.68%
  • Andrea Bargnani

    8 21.05%
  • Sonny Weems

    5 13.16%
  • Jarret Jack

    2 5.26%
  • Amir Johnson

    1 2.63%
  • Jose Calderon

    13 34.21%
  • Ed Davis

    0 0%
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    Default Who's Your Favourite Raptor?

    Now that Bosh is long gone, what's your favourite Raptor we still have?
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    Andrea Bargnani, he has been my ALLTIME favorite player since he played in youth levels... I'll explain later, I gtg now LOOL. HAHA

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    Andrea Bargnani, and I really can't explain why. Amir's running him a close second though

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    DeMar DeRozan. He's the present and the future. He's going to establish himself as the best player on the team by the end of the season.

    Andrea is second on my list.

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    Wait, is the question favorite or best? :S

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    DeMar DeRozan, duh!

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    Quote JoePanini wrote: View Post
    Wait, is the question favorite or best? :S
    He's asking for favorite. Based on the sound of the first post he's assuming we all had Bosh slotted in as our old favorite Raptor... Not that anyone would admit it now.
    Last edited by Apollo; Mon Aug 16th, 2010 at 08:36 AM.

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    Calderon, don't care what anything thinks, he's been here the longest and given us some good times.
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    Dang he isn't this guy even on the list.



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    Quote ezz_bee wrote: View Post
    Calderon, don't care what anything thinks, he's been here the longest and given us some good times.
    +1

    Anyways, my favorite player is clearly Bargs. I've loved him for years, even 2 years ago when everyone was comparing him yo Kwame and Darko, I still thought he could shine through, and slowly, he has improved different aspects of his game, from coming to the NBA as a lanky 7 footer who was unjustly put with the responsibility of being the number 1 pick, and a guy that could pretty much only shoot, to a guy now, that gained almost 50 lbs, and can manhandle other big men in the post.
    Bargnani's stats might not have improved radically, as pointed out in another thread. But sometimes, when a player is growing, it's not about the numbers, but how he performs, his mentality, what he has learned along the way. I think Bargs has grown so much since joining, I still remember the 20 point games he had when he first entered the NBA, it seemed like they had won the championship, and now people are expecting him to average around that much. Shows how much people are atleast trying to entrust him.
    Bargnani is my favorite player for many reasons, firstly, because he is Italian, I know it sounds like a stupid reason. But he was the first Italian player in my time, and it's always exciting. He is very important to Italian basketball and it is a must that he has a good year this year, because it will lead to more media exposure, which will lead to more Italians to watch and play basketball, thus regenerating what was once a great nation in basketball.
    Secondly, I've always loved his skills. Yes, his skills aren't very polished yet, but if you just stop and think for a little while, Bargs has many skills which he has, that he can improve in to make him an all-star. Yes, he can't rebound, but actually he CAN. He is not a very good rebounder, and he doesn't have the rebounding "instinct", but he can jump, he is strong and he is tall, which are three very important parts of being a good rebounder. Yes, he will probably never average 10 rebounds a game, but that is not important, we can always get another big man to get the boards he doesn't, but as I pointed out earlier, he has many other skills which make his potential fly very high.
    1) He can ball-handle. Not incredibly, but for 7 foot 255 pound man, he can bring up the ball, and he can also create plays when we need to improvise, which will be important because next year, we'll have completely new set plays etc...
    2) He can shoot, from EVERYWHERE. He is a great elbow shooter, and if he improves his three point shooting which was so and so last year, then he will be killing night in night out. I think if he works on his outside shooting, we have a great asset, because I think many of ours plays will involve kick-outs (e.g Jack runs down the lane, Bargs and Amir inside, Amir screen, Bargs runs passed Amir to the three point line, Jack pass to Bargs, open three). He could potentially hit over 150 threes on 40% shooting. Another aspect of his shooting which I was never concerned about is his free-throw shooting. He has always been good, but last year he was so inconsistent, and shot poorly on many occasions... This is also due to his lack of fitness which also makes his defence and rebounding quite bad especially in late game situations...
    3) He can cut into the lane because he is faster than most big-men. I don't know if you guys noticed, but whenever he drives in across the lane, he almost always manages to get a free dunk or lay-up, and I don't know why he doesn't do it more often. This is due to two thing I think, one his fitness which causes him to have problems in a few other things I'll be mentioning, but also confidence. This guy isn't given the most confidence from the NBA and our fans. Yes many like him, many think he's ok, but many hate him and expect him to be a 20 10 guy cause he was number 1 pick, I want to remind all of you that he didn't decide to be first pick, out GM did.
    4) He can defend his man, till the third quarter. He gets tired, but when he sits and comes back, he can really defend the post, and I think that his post defence is seriously underrated... And 1.4 blocks a game for a guy that "doesn't" play defence seems pretty good to me. Once again I think he needs to get fitter, especially now without Bosh, he'll be playing full quarters, and he needs to prepare for that.
    5) He is versatile, he can play everywhere, and can do what you need in different situations. He can set the screen, take the screen, run around, run to the hoop, run to the three point line, play 3 positions. It helps the whole team I think.

    I think that there are many things that Bargs will have to do this summer, and if he manages to atleast improve his fitness, he'll be tearing it up everynight, this will give him confidence and we will finally get out number one pick.

    I can't actually remember what I've been writing about, and I'm lazy to read what I wrote, so yeah. I love Bargnani.

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    Jose. good guy, but may not be with the raps when the season starts.

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    Yeah i'd have to say Jose also.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    DeMar DeRozan. He's the present and the future. He's going to establish himself as the best player on the team by the end of the season.

    Andrea is second on my list.
    Yeah i have to agree, he has been a pro and he represents toronto very well...you get a feeling he would never leave the city. Him and amir are my top two...
    then bargs lol joe panini

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    Calderon could wind up being Avery Bradley in reverse

    A lot of people on Raptors Republic were pretty sure that Avery Bradley was going to be in a Raptors uniform for 10-11

    A lot of those same people are now thinking that Calderon will not be in a Raptors uniform for 10-11

    Personally, I don't have a "sense" for it one way or the other.

    I do however believe that BC won't trade Calderon just because Calderon is a terrible defender or has a "bad contract".

    It is my opinion that BC will only move Calderon if the can get a highly one sided trade in the Raptors favor like the failed Charlotte deal.

    1. Some players get traded at almost all costs
    2. Some players get traded for financial reasons.
    3. Some players get traded because it is needed to complete a deal in which the other players involved are more important
    4. Some players get traded because they want out
    5. Some players get traded because the deal is too good to pass up.

    I think that Calderon currently falls only in group #5.

    We shall see
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    All things considered - ability, personality, effectiveness, leadership, efficiency, and history, I have to go with Jose on a team that consists almost entirely of players yet to live up to their "potential". I still proudly floss my #8 jersey and will continue to do so when it's a throwback.

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    Joey dorsey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    DeMar for me, with Andrea coming in as a close second. I love how the coaches praise DeMar's attitude and work ethic. Andrea may overtake DeMar if he really makes a point of taking the reigns this year as the team's leader.

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    Jose's getting alot of votes.

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    Calderon's my favourite.

    I don't dislike the others by any stretch, but if I'd been sure Calderon would be around this season, I would have bought his jersey. At the time*, I wasn't sure who was going to be on the roster next season, so I went with the only sure thing -- Bargs.

    I'm not a Bargs fan specifically, although I do like him and will enjoy watching him develop further. In hindsight, though, I regret not having gone with the Calderon jersey. He's such a class act that I wouldn't feel bad about wearing his jersey if he was playing for another team.



    *The Nuggets game where Turk didn't show and then went out on the town. At the end, there was a straight line from Carmelo Anthony to the basket to my head in the 15th row, so when he caught the ball I knew the game was over.

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    Alvin Williams........he's still a Raptor. As for players....i'd have to go with Demar right now.

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