If I had to start a team and had to choose between one of them I'd take Amir. He plays D,has heart and hussles all game long. Things that can't be taught. Will he win you games on his own... No. But neither will DD. He's proven that. Team game. Team players.
But I thought we were talking about the here and now. I still say Amir. Amir is good at what he is asked to do. DeMar in 3 years has not been doing what he has been asked to do and has been becoming worse at it. Maybe this year he breaks out but I have little faith in that happening. Also he is one dimensional - and inefficient at that.
I once went through the contracts of guys in the league getting paid in the ball park of Amir and it was frightening. There are definitely guys in the league who fit Amir's profile (and are paid less) but I would venture to guess they are on rookie deals. Go to HoopsWorld.com and look through the team salaries and eliminate the rookie contracts. It is incredible to see who is paid what for what they produce.
The way for a team to get better is to improve at each position, if possible.
DD has the role of starting SG. With DeMar ranked 42nd or 43rd in the league as a shooting guard, it is much easier to improve there. Getting someone who is ranked 32nd is an improvement.
AJ has the role of first big off the bench. If he is 42nd or 43rd best in the league, then there are only 12 bench bigs who are better than him. What else is there to say?
If the Raptors players, in each role, were 12th to 15th best in their role, the team would be awesome. Right now, only Lowry (10th), Jose (24th, therefore highly ranked for a bench pg), Linas Kleiza (34th, therefore good for a bench SF) Amir (42nd, good for a bench PF) fit that profile.
You get rid of Amir only if you have a better fit at bench PF or can dramatically improve one of the spots you are lagging at.
He is 12th best at what he is asked to do, play big off the bench. Demar is 48th best at what he is asked to do.
Combine the fact that Demar makes less money .. now im thoroughly confused.
If you want to use these rankings (not sure what ranking you are using), thats fine. But you cant adjust for a starter vs a bench player ... if guys are good enough, they will start, if they arent, they wont. As I said, it would be fair game to adjust for salary and say that the lower paid player with the same ranking at their position is more valuable to their team .. but again, that would be DD.
Last sentence in the original post was "And who is needed more for the raptors success?"
My whole argument is that you need players who are good in their role for success. Amir is only expected to come off the bench. In that role, he is a good choice. DeMar is expected to be a starting SG. In that role, last year, he was worse than 42 other SGs. For the Raptors to succeed, you don't need a guy playing SG who has 12 bench warmers showing him up.
I know it's simple logic, and you can make arguments about how DeMar was expected to shoulder more off the scoring load last year etc. etc. but the point is that he is not good at doing what he is asked to do. Change his role or move him...or give him another chance, but demand a significant improvement this year.
In another thread I have also said that I expect having a healthy AB and JV on the floor at the same time (along with Lowry) and DeMar will have a much easier time of it. But he is still not very good at what he is asked to do.
By your logic, Jose is our best asset (because, as a backup PG, he is the best we have, relative to his peers at backup PG). In reality, he is one of our worst assets, because he gets paid $10 mm+ to be a backup PG. Amir would be close to next worst, because he gets paid $6 mm + to be a backup PF.
I get (and agree with) the overriding point that you need a bunch of players who are good at their collective roles in order to have a successful team - but your way of evaluating if way off.
yeah im going with what matt said
I am very happy we have someone as good as Amir as a third big.
DeMar is a scorer first, second, and third. DeMar needs to add another skill to his game sooner rather than later if he wants to remain a starter. This is a critical year for DeMar and may be his last year as a Raptor starter. I hope they don't extend him before October 31st because right now, I would be very hesitant to project him as anything other than a scorer off the bench.
I am not a big fan of DeMar as a player but I think his parents and grandmother did a fantastic job raising him. I hope he develops another skill because he is a very good young man.
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