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Thread: How does the Raptors bench compare to the Eastern Conference?

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    Quote themasao wrote: View Post
    ...I think/hope Casey will start Gray beside Bargs for spacing and rebounding, and run Val and Amir on the second unit, hittin pick and rolls for days with Calderon.)
    Amen to that brother.

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    Great Post! Thank you for your hard work.
    I agree with you with a couple minor differences in opinion not worth hashing out. Your post does raise a slightly tangential issue though. If our starters get 28-36 minutes each while healthy (minus JV of course). We're talking about 12-20 minutes for the second unit players. That worries me a bit, especially with regards to 3 players.

    1) Calderon - 10.5 M to play minimal minutes. The more he plays, the less Lowry plays, and I don't want to see another Jack/Calderon or Ford/Calderon dilemma. I can't see either playing SG, and if they do, that's even less minutes for ...

    2) Ross - I understand he's a rookie and doesn't "deserve" minutes especially when the Raps want to win games. That said, ~15 min for a lottery pick is not the best development strategy. Especially when BC has to decide on DD's future with the franchise; thus, needing a good evaluation of Ross and DD.

    3) Ed Davis - How is he going to get minutes? (barring injuries) Again, we're trying to win games, so he's not going to get consistent C minutes especially after struggling to guard PFs last year. The less he plays, the less he develops and the less his trade value.

    We're also not talking about AJ getting 6M to squeeze in minutes with JV/Gray.
    Or LK getting 4.6 M to squeeze in minutes between a congested SF/PF (if DD plays shares SF minutes)

    Depth is great because all teams have injuries and players need rest but it can also backfire for some player's value and development.

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    We have a good bench but that means very little because they are the bench. You look at bench as something important when you're going deep into the playoffs and need a player to be able to step up in a pinch, or that one guy that has a career game that pushes you forward to the next series. What this thread proves is that in that situation, we have a good chance of winning.

    Unfortunately for us, teams with good players have starters that usually play more than 70% of the minutes in a game. Which means that 70% of the time we are at a severe disadvantage.
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    Quote ebrian wrote: View Post
    ...Unfortunately for us, teams with good players have starters that usually play more than 70% of the minutes in a game. Which means that 70% of the time we are at a severe disadvantage.
    Not completely disagreeing, but if the Raps can improve on last years D, then they can go a long way to containing the other teams good players, and tiring them out more. That makes the play of the bench more important. Last year we saw the Raps hanging in, right down to the last few minutes of most contests. If the Raps bench can outscore the opposing teams bench, the D of the starting five, and improved scoring from them, may be enough to steal more wins this season.

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    Quote ebrian wrote: View Post
    We have a good bench but that means very little because they are the bench. You look at bench as something important when you're going deep into the playoffs and need a player to be able to step up in a pinch, or that one guy that has a career game that pushes you forward to the next series. What this thread proves is that in that situation, we have a good chance of winning.

    Unfortunately for us, teams with good players have starters that usually play more than 70% of the minutes in a game. Which means that 70% of the time we are at a severe disadvantage.
    I actually find a bench to be much less important in the playoffs than in the regular season. Rotations tighten up significantly in the playoffs, players are more likely to play through injuries and starters (especially star players) minutes tend to increase.

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