Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 12:43 PM
25 And Under Ceiling
What do you think the ceiling is for all the Raptors' players 25 years of age and younger?
Andrea Bargnani, age 25
Sonny Weems, age 24
Amir Johnson, age 23
Julian Wright, age 23
Jerryd Bayless, age 22
Solomon Alabi, age 22
Alexis Ajinca, age 22
DeMar DeRozan, age 21
Ed Davis, age 21
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Not sure how one would quantify 'ceiling' to be honest.
Are we doing it out of 100, where 100 is Lebron-type-Ceiling, and 0 being Hoffa type?
I'd say Demar is the only one with a truly unlimited ceiling.
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 01:47 PM
What I'm thinking
Superstar, perennial all-star, all-star, team star, impact player, solid rotation player, end of bench player.
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Solomon Alabi and Alexis Ajinca are...?
Tough one to answer, huh?
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 02:40 PM
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I am trying to be realistic. If the Raps ever have a great season and Bargnani is around he could be considered an all-star but he is approaching the top floor I think. Bayless has averaged 14/7 when given the start, he is who I feel least confident about labelling right now. Weems is almost at end of bench for my ranking, he just slipped in to solid rotational player.
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 03:04 PM
I'll preface my picks by stating that I will not be labeling any of the above-mentioned players as "perennial all-stars" based on the system of fan voting and the fact that Toronto is off the radar for many NBA fans/players/coaches/media types. Maybe a couple of these guys will have all-star calibre seasons, but that does not mean that they will make the all star team. Every year very deserving players get left off the team. That being said;
Bargs-impact offensive player
Weems-Bench/not-so-solid rotational player
Wright-solid rotational player
Bayless-solid rotational player
Ajinca-End of bench
DeRozan-all star calibre player
Davis-impact player/all star calibre player
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 03:07 PM
Vince Carter had no trouble getting fan votes but I agree for the most part about being off the radar of most fans. However, the starters are only decided by the fans. The coaches know what's what. They scout and research all season long in preparation for games. The coaches usually make fair selections. If either is worthy the coaches will see that they get there more times than not. The coaches got Bosh there multiple times. They also got Antonio Davis to the game while he was in Toronto.
Thu Feb 10th, 2011, 03:38 PM