ED and DD are wayy more expendable than AB and JV.
But if he was in this draft he'd be going 2 and if this was last year's draft again, he'd be going 2.
You don't draft a guy #2 (or #5) not thinking he will be a pillar.
He hasn't proved d!ck yet so in theory I agree with what you are saying. But every struggling and rebuilding franchise is looking at a high lotto pick as something to build on or with.
I can't wait for next season.
Out of, Bayless, Alabi, Uzoh, Anderson, Magloire, Gray, (Weems). Which ones do you re-sign which ones do you replace in free agency? Right away Our two first round picks replace two of these players. What happens to the rest?
I would replace Weems and Anderson not sure about the rest yet...
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I am not a good proponent of beating the playoffs drum this early, especially when even a single move hasn't yet been made to improve the roster.
Granted, JV is coming over, but my expectations of him in the first season is putting up Amir-like numbers, around 9ppg and 7rpg and being slightly better than Ed Davis. That's all. IMO He'll need at least 2 but most likely 3 seasons before he takes his leap. More importantly, let's see how the cap space is used in a not-so-rich FA coming up and who we draft and get an idea of the future roster at least on paper.
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I think the playoffs have to be a goal for next year. Raptor fans are not Leaf fans and will not continue to sell-out every game no matter what the record. Somehow I don't think Casey has that attitude, either. I'm not being unrealistic and expecting a deep playoff run, but for me at least making it in is a must-have. People will argue that a first round loss is worse as it lowers your draft pick, but that is BS now. Toronto is never going to be as bad as Charlotte, so I would MUCH prefer to see post season games than a chance at a slightly higher pick. Let players see what the ACC can be like in the playoffs, even if its only for a game or two. That's my interpretation of what Casey said.
The NBA is a really hard league to re-build in. I don't envy the job that the Raps' front office has to do.
How can you go from a basement-dwelling team to a playoff contender? (And by contender, I mean actually a threat to go deep, not just to sneak in at 8th place and be out in 4 games.) Generally, you need a lot of money, a lot of luck, brilliant management, or a combination of all the above.
I like the point someone made about a "foundation" not necessarily being an all-star or two, but a philosophy. This seems to be part of what happened in Denver this year, where an un-spectacular cast did some impressive things. The way Dallas went from nothing in the 90s to a perennial contender...well, I guess they had Nowitzki as a foundation, but from what I've read and seen, Mark Cuban changed the "culture" in Dallas, and that led to long-term success.
Having said that, even if you do all the right things from the management point of view, you set a good tone of solid defense, etc etc etc...there's still a lot of luck and things you can't control. Injuries, first-rounders not working out, players requesting trades because they don't want to live in Canada.
I guess all you can do is manage the team as best you can, control the things that are within your control, and hope for the best.
In Phoenix he took them from 22 wins to a perennial top team. Who knows what would have happened if Sarver would have gone in to the luxury tax - keeping Joe Johnson when he was a free agent and Luol Deng as a rookie immediately comes to mind.
In Toronto he took a 27 win team to 47 wins. Unfortunately that was not built to last.
Whatever happens in Toronto, I hope something is built that last longer than 2 seasons and 2 first round exits in the playoffs.
Not trying to take anything away from Colangelo...just the opposite, actually; maybe that initial success made us judge the following seasons with unfair expectations?
Sometimes I question Colangelo. I mean it should have been evident he couldn't sign Barnes and he still tried. Was it a bonehead move or was he tryin to pull one over the nba?
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To me, the fact that they said the emphsasis is to go get experienced players already indicates to me that they feel that they are going to try and win now, instead of taking a long-term plan like OKC did. Draft picks, and young players is building. Acquiring veterans for the purpose of making the playoffs is not.
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