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    Default More Love from Lowe on Davis & Val

    Ed Davis–Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

    Your new starting Toronto frontcourt, though Dwane Casey has seldom trusted either to finish close games. These guys are skinny, active, long, fast, and inexperienced; and they produce the kind of interior defense you'd expect when you mix all those ingredients. Valanciunas is prone to overhelping, and his hyperactivity can get him out of balance now and then against skilled post brutes. The Raptors are giving up points at a league-average rate when these two play, an improvement from their bottom-five overall mark, per NBA.com.

    The questions come on the other side, where Toronto's offense has fallen off a cliff; the Raps have scored just 93.3 points per 100 possessions in Valanciunas-Davis time, right around Washington's league-worst mark. (My god, has Washington's offense been horrid.)

    Davis and Valanciunas are not jump-shooters, and the lane can get very cramped when they play together — a problem that wouldn't be quite as serious if Toronto's perimeter players were healthy. Casey has tried to manufacture that spacing by having them set up as opposite elbows, with one working as the hub of the offense — as screener or passer — while the other works with a shooter on the weak side. This marks a huge expansion in duties for each guy, and Davis has shown more aggression sliding into post position on the left block as Valanciunas rolls down the right side on a pick-and-roll;1 Davis has a nice turnaround lefty hook, and though the results have been uneven, he's on a roll right now and has already taken half as many post-up shots as he attempted all of last season, per Synergy Sports. He's in the top-30 overall in PER and taking a more active part in Toronto's offense.

    All good signs, even if both Davis and Valanciunas need to work on avoiding near-collisions in the paint.
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    Totally agree with everything he said....spot on actually.

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    Quote CalibreMC wrote: View Post
    Totally agree with everything he said....spot on actually.

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    Thanks doode!
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    It's funny to think that JV's willingness to play defense is actually hurting us (when he overhelps)...he is the exact opposite of Bargnani!

    I hope and prey that we stick to this as the starting lineup and have bargs come off the bench (assuming he is still on the team)when he recovers. I cannot tell you how much better we will be

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    Bargnani getting injured = best thing that could happen for Toronto, in the short term at least. He wasn't going to get traded until LA has played some games with Nash and Gasol, not necessarily because they'll be swapped, but because Gasol is probably the first domino that needs to drop for trades to get going. And Bargs was killing our team out there. Now Casey can just run out Davis and JV freely. Obviously they should still only get minutes they deserve, but at least Bargs isn't taking some of those very deserved minutes from them anymore.

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    It's strange, but the Raptors are actually getting a surprising amount of media coverage this season. Granted, a lot of it is because of Bargnani trade rumours, and in particular to LA, but it's still nice.

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    We will have our very own Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combo if Val learns to pass

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    "All good signs, even if both Davis and Valanciunas need to work on avoiding near-collisions in the paint."

    that cracked me up

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    Quote Brandon wrote: View Post
    No on both counts. Geniuses like Randolph do not develop in the NBA, they come into it. Davis is never going to be that. If he puts on weight he might be a good starting 4.
    I'm hoping for Tyson chandler and jermaine oneal is that too much to ask ?

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