The same will hold true for Drummond though, and I think he will be very impressive. I still think that Colangelo will actually thing for some time if both Barnes and Drummond are on the board when the Raptors pick, and AD, MKG and BB are gone.
Yup, I'm starting to come to terms with the idea that we fall out of the top 5....meaning the last 5 months have been a complete waste of time.
Can someone with ESPN insider post the mock draft from there? They have Barnes as 8 in the top 10 as well.
bottom 3 teams in order of finish
top 5 picks in the draft
CHI, GSW, WSH
WSH, LAC, ATL
CHI & GSW (tie), MEM
HOU, CHI, GSW
CLE & DEN (tie), TOR
CLE, DET, DEN
ORL, CHI, WSH
ORL, CHA (expansion), CHI
ATL, NOH, CHA
MIL, ATL, UTA
POR, NYK, ATL
TOR, CHI, CHA
MEM, BOS, MIL
POR, SEA, ATL
MIA, SEA, MEM
CHI, MIA, MIN
SAC, WSH & LAC (tie)
LAC, MEM, OKC
NJ, MIN, SAC
WSH, PHI, NJ
MIN, CLE, TOR
CLE (from LAC), MIN, UTA
I know what the 'odds' in the draft are but over the last 11 drafts, the 'odds' favour teams outside the bottom three ending up in the top 3 for the draft.
Of the 33 teams who 'should' have picked in the top 3, only 11 did in the last 11 years.
If you take away 2002, 2003, and 2004 then of the 24 teams who should have picked in the top 3, only 5 did in the remaining 8 drafts.
So what is my point? I can't wait until May 30th.
With regards to the Raptors, I don't mind them winning games right now if they could win convincingly over a sh!t team like Charlotte. Seriously, that was some of the worst NBA ball I have ever seen.
I still think the Raptors finish no worse than 5th in the lottery standings. We are in a group that has 2 more wins than Cleveland (currently 4th worst), but Cleveland would have played 4 less games than us (assuming we lose tonight against Philly). I think it will come down to Toronto, New Jersey and Sacramento fighting for #5-7.
Anytime DeRozan gets the ball and he doesn't shoot, the possession is basically killed. He usually has no choice but to give up the ball, and pray that Calderon has enough time to run a last-second PNR.
Considering ball-handling (and iso-moves) are usually skills learned as a toddler, I'm not going to hold out hope that DeRozan develops them in his 4th season.
if you watched the game last night DeRozan can score when he wants to and he's starting to realize that. He doesn't have an fancy dribbles moves but he can score and get to the line. After last nights game i even heard Dwane Casey call him a "young star"
When was the last time we saw DeRozan break his man off the dribble on an wing isolation play? I'm going to say never.
To get his looks, DeRozan needs to come off screens, or be on the fastbreak.
The only successfull shooting guard without 1-on-1 skills I can remember is Richard Hamilton (who was much better at moving off the ball, and was a much more consistent shooter).
More importantly, Mayo does everything well that we all wish DeRozan would do better and more consistently - scoring (both driving and much better 3pt shooting), defense and all around play (ie: rebounds, assists and steals). Mayo also has the ability to takeover any given game and be his team's go to guy, whereas DeRozan seems to shy away from that role more often than not. Mayo has that 'killer instinct' look in his eyes, whereas DeRozan has earned the nickname 'bambi' for the look that seems to be in his eyes more often than not.
Pure stats comparison (looking at career and this season):
Shooting: both players are in the 40-45% range shooting from the floor
3pt Shooting: Mayo is in the 35-40% range, DeRozan is in the 20-25% range (under 20% career)
Rebounds: both players average 3+ RPG
Assists: Mayo averages around 2.5 APG, DeRozan averages around 1.5 APG
Mayo is also less than 2 years older than DeRozan, so age/development/ceiling isn't really an issue for consideration.
Props man you need to sit this one out
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