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    Default Mimicking a Champion

    Chisholm's recent evaluation of Colangelo's work this year suggested that Colangelo should follow the plan that Indiana has used to earn them the spot they hold going into this year's playoffs. I don't necessarily agree or disagree with this philosophy; however, I beleive we already know which team Colangelo is trying to mimic and for sure we know which team Dwayne Casey is trying to copy... the Dallas Mavericks. As a coach, I realize that you need to adjust to the personnel you have; however, when you win a championship (as Casey did) it is hard not to want that type of team again. In fact, Colangelo sold Casey on the Raptor's coaching job by saying the Raps had a similar type of roster to Dallas (slow-footed PG, a scoring big and an offensively minded team that needs to be taught defense).

    With this in mind, can we predict what type of players will be targeted and who will still be around for next year's "play-off" team?

    2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks--------------2012-2013 Toronto Raptors?
    (in order of playoff playing time)
    Dirk Nowitzki---------------------------------Andrea Bargnani
    Jason Kidd-----------------------------------Jose Calderon (Steve Nash?)
    Shawn Marion--------------------------------James Johnson (Andrei Kirilenko?)
    Jason Terry----------------------------------Jerryd Bayless (Demar off the bench?)
    Tyson Chandler------------------------------Jonas Valanciunas
    Jose Barea-----------------------------------draft? (Lillard/Marshall?)
    Peja Stojakovic------------------------------Linas Kleiza
    Deshawn Stevenson--------------------------Alan Anderson? draft?
    Brendan Haywood----------------------------Aaron Gray
    Cardinal (played less than 40 minutes total)---- does it matter?
    Mahinmi (played less than 40 minutes total)----
    Brewer (played less than 40 minutes total)-----

    Although I realize that the 2010/11 Maverick's were looking at playoff success as their benchmark and we are only looking to make the playoffs, I think some of the comparisons work. Things to notice from my initial stab at it:
    - None of the orginal Young Onez are left
    - Dallas' starting wing's were about defence
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    Bargs is an offensive weapon, but he is hot and cold. Dirk is pretty reliable on any given night so the offensive load will have to be shared to a greater degree. Obviously there are similarities between what we have now, what we're bringing in and the Championship Mavs, but at this stage the similarities are mostly passing resemblances and the raps will have to come up with their own model for success.

    Factoring in especially that our bench is deeper especially around the bigs - Amir and Ed plus some serviceable parts in Grey which means Bargs should get more rest time and hopefully make him better in limited minutes. I see JJ more as Deshawn than Marion. His jumper isnt ugly enough and his offense is around the same meh (although I think Stevenson was far superior as a spot up 3 point shooter).

    If we could throw a bazillion dollars at Deron Williams, Id love that. He's kinda like Kidd (younger Kidd) with his toughness and rebounding and I know BC will at least try to get him (every GM will and if they arent then they arent doing their jobs). If by some miracle we do get him, then SF is still the biggest hole and we are trying to find a Marion. At 4th, we had a chance at either Barnes or MKG but barring major luck, the player we should target is... PJ3!! Yes, it's time to gamble on an athletic freak... again. I believe Casey can turn him at least into a defensive stopper with his height and length and quickness (at the 3!!) and who knows, he might even develop a consistent offensive game.
    Last edited by Darien; Sat Apr 28th, 2012 at 09:09 PM.

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    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahaha

    enjoyed this thread immensely, since it proves my point about delusional fans that I made in another thread.

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