I watched most of this Rators/Mavs game. Plaisted was solid, 6 points, 7 rebounds. His +/- was 0 which was the best on the Raptors and he was on the floor for 31 minutes.
Anyone else realize how bad Waiter is in the Summer League? 10 PPG on 27.3% FG and 25.0% 3FG. Thank god we didn't get him!
Jeremy Lamb has more skills than Terrence Ross - plain and simple. The Raptors chose to go with the player that fits the system they are trying to build. I guess the determining factor in this is the toughness factor Ross brings, especially on defense.
Skill-wise, it would take a lot for someone to convince me Ross has the edge.
-- Charles Barkley
On a different note, Tyler Zeller has been really impressive. I really like his game.
Last edited by Blacklash2k4; Tue Jul 17th, 2012 at 12:21 AM.
Lamb looks like a smooth scorer but i don't think he would have been the gutsier pick. He was better known and ranked higher by most. Ross has more elite athleticism and NBA range. They may have projected him with a higher ceiling. Perhaps with Barnes gone (who they may have considered a lock for the 3 spot), they figured they'd have time to develop a player with high upside, who would likely be coming off the bench as a rotation player
Last edited by big boi; Tue Jul 17th, 2012 at 12:33 AM.
Jeremy Lamb is a better shooter. I think the raptors liked what they saw with TR with his overall game. Defense, motor, coachable. From a pure offensive standpoint JL might be better but as a complete game probably not. Why not compare these two players stats at the end of the season barring injury and make an evaluation rather than chicken little during 3 summer league games.
but then later in the interview he goes on to say:When we got to our actual pick, we took the best player available
given that, it sounds like what the Raptors saw as 'best player available' is different than when fans talk 'best player available'. What I mean by that is Raptors choose best player available in context of a 'need' (or 'fit'), and not necessarily the absolute 'best player'.“Best player available” doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It exists in the context of your team, the players on your roster, and how that player will fit in with those things. I think sometimes people confuse “most potential” or “most skilled player” with “best”. Analytically, “best” relates to the sum of a player’s contributions to his team – and that’s rarely going to align with either of those two alternate definitions.
What the Raptors needed was a wing player who could shoot and contribute immediately. (not suprising given Casey's post season comments)
Put more simply, the Raptors selected the most reliable and likely to contribute wing player available. But passed on the 'high ceiling, low floor' guys along with potentially better players who played other positions in doing so.
What the Raptors are calling the best player available is probably much more likely defined in fan lingo as best fit.
A little early to start saying Lamb would have been the better pick. I really like Ross' game so far and think his poor performance in summer league is due to our team being so bad. All the pressure is on him to do the scoring.
I think he'll be a much better player when the floor is spaced out. The NBA is a game of isolation plays more than anything else this day and age. I would give Ross the edge over Lamb in breaking players down off the perimeter. Plus he seems to have a pretty high motor...kid is always going hard. Lets hold off the judgement for a while.
By the way, imo Waiters is going to kill it in iso situations.
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