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    Default WoW article: DeMar DeRozan is no Vince Carter

    Link.

    My favourite part:
    [DeRozan] was the second or third least productive guard/forward in the league last year...
    Despite their advanced sabermetrics stat which I think is silly, their site is one of the only ones I know of that spends time criticizing the Raptors players and organization for everyone to read, ie. not behind a paywall.

    Other sports analysis sites either laugh at the organization for its mistakes (understandable) or basically ignore it, but there always seems to be a Raptors-related article floating around there.

    I also talked to someone who is a fan of the Celtics about the attitudes that were around in the bad old days before the Garnett/Allen trades and Rondo draft. He said that, like here, there was a tendency for fans to inflate the achievements of bad players -- like Gerald Green and Delonte West, and to suggest that, if they had enough time and the right conditions, they would develop at some unspecified future time, into legendary all-stars, mvp candidates etc.

    I think fans in general engage in wishful thinking regarding their teams, and the problem with it is, not only is it plain wrong -- bad players do not turn into good players -- they are good or bad by nature, it hurts what should be the next step for fans, which is organized criticism of the regimes in charge of the rosters.

    Or, to put it another way, not a lot of people here want to face the reality that, with the exception of Lowry, these players are bad, and are not helping the team win, but helping it lose, and that none of them are going to "develop" into anything of note. That's a depressing thing to believe, but it's the truth. On the other hand, the Celtics changed things very quickly in just one offseason. So that's what I'm hoping for, rather than the idea of transforming losing players into winning ones.

    I don't think the current regime is going to accomplish this. I think a new regime is necessary, because obviously the success of the current regime is tied to the current players -- their players. If they are failures, then so is the regime. That's what I think is behind this disastrous DeRozan contract.

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    I sincerely hope there aren't any Raptor fans who believe there's "elite" level talent on this roster...aside from Lowry (which is debatable).
    "I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    I sincerely hope there aren't any Raptor fans who believe there's "elite" level talent on this roster...aside from Lowry (which is debatable).
    I think Valanciunas is "elite" talent. If you look at the numbers he's posting in limited and sporadic minutes without really having any clue what he is doing, well, it's encouraging.

    Lowry is a really good player. And.... that's it.

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    Quote slaw wrote: View Post
    I think Valanciunas is "elite" talent. If you look at the numbers he's posting in limited and sporadic minutes without really having any clue what he is doing, well, it's encouraging.

    Lowry is a really good player. And.... that's it.
    I'm not sure if Jonas has elite talent, or an elite motor (like Kenneth Faried). But either way, I agree it's encouraging.
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    Jonas is not "elite" talent. If he was, what does that make Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler or "insert name of any coordinated starting center"? I think he has the potential to be a Joakim Noah with a much prettier jumpshot. Just my opinion though.

    Anthony Davis is an "elite" talent.
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    Quote BD12 wrote: View Post
    Jonas is not "elite" talent.
    +1

    The way he plays reminds me a bit of Anderson Varejao and that's a very good thing in my opinion.

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    Quote BD12 wrote: View Post
    Jonas is not "elite" talent. If he was, what does that make Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler or "insert name of any coordinated starting center"? I think he has the potential to be a Joakim Noah with a much prettier jumpshot. Just my opinion though.

    Anthony Davis is an "elite" talent.
    Noah with a pretty jumper. You might not find that elite, but I'm pretty much salivating thinking about it. I also happen to think that's slightly a lot better than DeAndre Jordan.

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    Quote BD12 wrote: View Post
    Jonas is not "elite" talent. If he was, what does that make Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler or "insert name of any coordinated starting center"? I think he has the potential to be a Joakim Noah with a much prettier jumpshot. Just my opinion though.

    Anthony Davis is an "elite" talent.
    Lmao did you just call Deandre jordan elite? he's not even close to elite. Jonas is easily going to be better than Deandre and Chandler EASILY!

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    I sincerely hope there aren't any Raptor fans who believe there's "elite" level talent on this roster...aside from Lowry (which is debatable).
    Well, there are some currently popular threads about how Derozan is x, y, and z and that's encouraging and he'll "only get better", and he's "improving" and so on and so forth. Now, if the point is, "he will one day not be one of the worst players in the NBA" then I guess you're right, but I think the point is how he's becoming useful, which he isn't.

    This season so far is shaping up a lot like last year in these forums, or how I remember it. A lot of people, who I end up blocking due to irrationality, talking about these guys and me posting the team's record, which is 2 or 3 losses for every win, and then a bunch of personal attacks against me for the heresy of pointing out that, with all of these impressive players, they're victoriously challenged. And a joke around the league.

    So now they're talking gobbledygook about bad players with big contracts instead of organizing resistance and criticism and protest of the regime. Look what happened in Hell-A with the Dodgers. The fans forced that guy to sell the ball club to good owners, and now they're bringing in talent.

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    I know little about advanced stats, but basically Demar had 3 more turnovers, one less point on one more shot and a couple of rebounds less and their 'win score' is significantly lower and evidence that he didn't really have a good game.

    Doesn't really pass the sniff test to me.

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    Jonas will be elite, just watch

    Lowry was the most efficient player in the GAME until he got hurt. Like tied with Harden, and yet harden got all the media attention. IMO if the raps had a winning record, those numbers were MVP like.

    Derozan is going to be very good, maybe not elite in a way, but he will be able to dominate games with his scoring. We've seen him do it before, and as he ripens with age he will be more consistent, intelligent, and efficient at it.

    Ross has potential, no one is pooling in to say elite talent, but he has a niche that he will master. Along with what else we've seen, including a strong commitment to defense, I think he could be an upper echelon player.


    We have a really good team in 3-4 years of development with JUST this core.

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    I don't care if fans over-inflate the value/skill/potential of players on the team. My problem is when ownership, management, the coaching staff and media do it.

    I think Valanciunas could become an elite C, but that's it for the Raptors. I think Lowry is a near-elite PG, but if he winds up re-signing for $10-15M per season, I suddenly think there will be much higher expectations and much more criticism headed his way (similar to DeRozan going from high value @ $3.3M to being an inefficient scorer who's not worth $9.5M).

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    http://www.goodwinsports.com/2012/11...snet-magazine/ another write up about Demar in SportsNet Magazine

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    Quote Stahmenah_Vybz wrote: View Post
    http://www.goodwinsports.com/2012/11...snet-magazine/ another write up about Demar in SportsNet Magazine
    Now that's a good read.

    DeMar DeRozan is going to be an All-Star one day. I'm willing to bet on it.

    As for elite talents. I think Lowry is one of the best PG's in the game. And Jonas i think has a chance to be an elite C.

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    man, and I used to like raptor fans..

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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    man, and I used to like raptor fans..
    unreal, isn't it??

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    Quote p00ka wrote: View Post
    unreal, isn't it??
    Pessimism and fans do NOT mix well.

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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    Pessimism and fans do NOT mix well.
    Pessimism is not the same thing as realism, and being down on a certain player doesn't mean you're down on the whole team. Just keep that in mind.

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    Quote Lark Benson wrote: View Post
    Pessimism is not the same thing as realism, and being down on a certain player doesn't mean you're down on the whole team. Just keep that in mind.
    "Now, if the point is, "he will one day not be one of the worst players in the NBA" then I guess you're right, but I think the point is how he's becoming useful, which he isn't." - From Brandon a few posts up

    Realistically, Demar is a good, yet slightly inefficient, scorer for his position. Him being 23 along with his current trend of improvement project an increase in Demar's effectiveness as the years go by.

    Optimistically, Demar is great enough to be part of a deep playoff starting rotation, in a few years can reach All-Star status!

    Pessimistically, Demar is crap, he will never be good, lets abandon hope.

    Now, which of these 3 would you categorize Brandon's quote under?

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    lol, if you're unable to appreciate the advancements in DD's game this year, and actually enjoy:

    "My favourite part: [DeRozan] was the second or third least productive guard/forward in the league last year...",,,,,, note "last year"

    HUH???? Your fav part is last year's review that disses a player giving his all for "your team", and showing improvement in damn near every area of his game THIS YEAR ? Some people here truly need professional help, or get past puberty to be happy.

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