Landry Fields is Doug Christie incarnate.
Landry Fields is Doug Christie incarnate.
I guess there's some disappointment in the sense that Colangelo hinted that this summer's "makeover" would be very significant. But the club's biggest hole (SF) has yet to be addressed.
But in terms of the long-term plan, no complaints (other than potentially losing a lotto pick next summer).
I'm really torn about the raptors right now
on the plus side I do think that they are better and younger than last year, and don't have any stupid contracts on the books. I also believe that JV is going to be a legit player and garner some all-star considerations down the road.
on the negative side, we don't have a player that can take us to the conference finals. I couldn't watch any of the playoffs (bad internet in Africa) except for the finals (it took me 3 weeks to download the games) and the thing that struck me the most was how DIFFERENT the playoffs are from the regular season. The playoffs are just a WHOLE different level and you have to play harder, and be more mentally tough than your opponent. I don't think we have any conference finals players.
Yes making the playoffs would be welcome, and winning a round in the playoffs would make me very happy, but for me the goal has to be to get to the conference finals and I feel we are sooo close (just need that 1 superstar (all star?) player) and yet soooo far away (just need that one super star player).
JV is going to take at least two full seasons to become a player that makes a difference (maybe even more?), and i don't think its fair to expect anything from Ross this season, and i also don't think you can expect him to become anything other than a serviceable rotation player.
BC has done a decent job the last two seasons, but how are we going to get to that next level? I'm worried that we won't.
I hope the new cba does a better job of leveling the playing field, but I think that their is a real possibility that we get stuck on the 10th-6th place standings treadmill, where you are contending for a playoff spot but are not a serious threat to go deep in the playoffs.
I mean, we've been in the league for almost two decades now... when is it our turn?
"They're going to have to rename the whole conference after us: Toronto Raptors 2014-2015 Northern Conference Champions" ~ ezzbee Dec. 2014
"I guess I got a little carried away there" ~ ezzbee Apr. 2015
"We only have one rule on this team. What is that rule? E.L.E. That's right's, E.L.E, and what does E.L.E. stand for? EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY. Right there up on the wall, because this isn't just a basketball team, this is a lifestyle. ~ Jackie Moon
I no longer take BC at face value. The last straw was this summer. Clearly he wants to do some big things but with 30 other teams what you want and can do are two totally different things the majority of the time it seems.
The raps starting the year as constructed is not a total waste of summer. They will still have ability to add Gay or AI type player should they become available.
It's disappointing that since VC we really haven't had a star player which could make us a legitimate threat in the playoffs, but I think T. Ross could very well be the closest to VC since he left. Add Jonas to the mix and quality players like Lowry, and Bargani and we could be closer than you would first think. At least that's what I keep telling myself.
The roster as it currently is, IS ENOUGH - obviously if we could get a great SF that would help, but we wont (no free agents available and no trades worth it) - we are a first round playoff team at worst. Demar will improve, Bargnani will play like last year and Kyle Lowry will be the leader we have been dying to have for the last few years, Lowry demands effort and defence from himself and he will demand it from his teammates. The only question mark is JV, can he be serviceable in his rookie year.
I think the roster makeover this summer has gone as well as can be expected. It's nice to have been in the conversations for Iggy & Gay, but I dont think there were ever any real discussions surrounding those players. My hope is that we can eventually pry Gay from Memphis at the deadline, but that would require one or 2 of our younger players to take a major step forward since Memphis would need atleast 1 or 2 of our young guys to make up for loosing Gay.
I for one LOVE the Landry Fields acquistion. Even if his fair market value was say $3-$4 million, we needed to overpay given he was a RFA who the Knicks would've loved to have back. Overpaying by $2 million, for a young player, on a short contract, with lots of room to grow, is peanuts. When you look at the contract being handed out around the league, the fact that the two highest contracts on our team are at $10ish mil/year I'm quite happy with the way BC has managed the cap and left room for us to do something next summer as well. Kudos BC, now let's get the season started and get these guys on the court!!
My bigger issue (and Im surprised by the visceral reaction) is that we love to claim that playing for a good / great team is equivilent with being a good / great player.
Jamal was obviously an extreme example .. and wasnt meaning to compare him to Landry straight up .. simply to say that just like bad teams, good teams have a roster of 12-15 guys that vary tremendously. The stars on good teams are better than the "stars" on bad teams. And the role players on good teams are better than the role players on bad teams.
But, lets not confuse ourselves that Landry (essentially a role player for NYK .. thats hard to debate with Carmelo, Amare, Chandler and Lin to a lesser extent the "stars") is better than good players on bad teams. Hes an upgrade from JJ / LK (not a huge one, but an upgrade) .. for now thats as far as Ill go. Hes still 5th on the depth chart here (AB, KL, DD, JV in some order) just like he was there ...
Similarly, I expect Landry to be a 5th starter who battles for minutes with LK/TR for us, the same way he was a fifth starter that battled for minutes with Novak and JR Smith in NY.
Thats not necessarily a bad thing. Hes an upgrade to what we had before .. and thats good. Im just saying this whole "he played on a winning team .. thats gonna rub off on guys" I beleive is extremely overrated.
I can live with the 1-3m per season overpayment considering he is an upgrade to overall talent and he was a RFA.
I look at depth chart by position which I am not sure is correct or not. Looking frOm positional perspective certainly puts him in a different light, IMO.
Colangelo spent the last season and a half to two seasons tanking and opening up cap space in order to build a team whose ceiling is looking like a first round exit, maybe 2nd round if some injuries happen to other teams at the right time.
Would have much rather waited another year or two, kept rebuilding, kept drafting and tried for something better.
I didn't watch every Knicks/Heat game, but I seem to remember Landy looking lost/overwhelmed and laying a massive egg in the playoffs last year... and Knicks fans lamenting they had to play him after Shumpert went down.
And really, when James freakin' Dolan looks at a contract and says "Are they crazy? I'm not paying that!" It's a red flag. :-P
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