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  • SkywalkerAC
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    steve wrote: View Post
    The addition of DC at 3 and the great depth at every position with strong 2 way players. The vastly improved defensive depth especially in the second unit should leed to more consistent energy and many more fast break opportunities thanks to their vastly improved D.the wild card factor will probably be Coach CASEY and if he is open minded and flexible enough to take advantage of
    Of the depth and be smart enough to allow JV and the rookies enough playing time to make the inevitable mistakes they will make and then LEARN from them. He never gave JV or JJ that opportunity and with JJ buried one of their BEST DEFENSIVE players on a very weakD team!!! Totally ridiculios ! I have very little faith in the coaches ability to change his rigid regular way of doing things!!! Steve Fisher GO RAPS GO !!!
    Yup, the biggest change is our defensive length/size. That starts with Carroll having a 4.5" standing reach advantage over Terrence, who in turn bumps out the 180lbs-soaking-wet Lou. Then Amir had great, usable length, but PP is not slouch at 9' or so (measured 9'2 at the Hoops Summit, 8'11 pre-draft) and I think he might emerge as one of the quicker starting 4s going. Jonas is another year toward veteranship, and DD/Lowry are at a point where they could be very good defenders on a very good defensive team (and average on a poor one).

    But then you've got so much coming off the bench. There's
    1) the aforementioned Ross - one of the most athletic backup 2s in the L.
    2) The ultimate wildcard in JJ (contract year, and don't forget that Casey actually had him playing 20 mpg last season).
    3) Biyombo the Bongo (blocking shots like he's bangin' a drum) from the Congo.
    4) Cory didn't look great shooting the ball in FIBA but he impresses me as a defender.
    5) Scola the veteran, has size and can still move.
    6) The young ones - Wright/Powell/Bruno/Bebe/??? freakish defensive potential to a man, cept that ??? guy (who knows with him).

    Our 2nd unit played great last season but they were tiny.

    (Ross)
    GV/LW(JJ)PP/TH

    vs.

    (Carroll)
    CJ/TR (JJ) LS/BB
    Last edited by SkywalkerAC; Sat Sep 12, 2015, 02:40 PM.

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  • Maury
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    RepTdot wrote: View Post
    6. JJ- DC & JJ squash all beef, JJ starts at PF and tears its up inside with vicious jams, drives & post moves....aggressively rebounds & defends the 4 like an animal since he doesn't have to over extend him or over commit this year with team mates that can actually play defence and he refuses to take a 3 all season long. Boom...JJ wins MIP and we live happily ever after.
    That would be amazing but I don't see DC giving him the playing time or starting him at the 4 sadly.


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  • raptors999
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    A.I wrote: View Post
    How come Scola isn't an option? He is old, but played really well in the FIBA tournament, it is possible he could have the biggest impact for the Raptors overall. He brings veteran leadership and mentorship to many of the young guys. We all know Casey loves playing his vets, at least now he has a good one.
    if Scola is team MVP then Something went horribly wrong

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  • RepTdot
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    6. JJ- DC & JJ squash all beef, JJ starts at PF and tears its up inside with vicious jams, drives & post moves....aggressively rebounds & defends the 4 like an animal since he doesn't have to over extend him or over commit this year with team mates that can actually play defence and he refuses to take a 3 all season long. Boom...JJ wins MIP and we live happily ever after.

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  • A.I
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    How come Scola isn't an option? He is old, but played really well in the FIBA tournament, it is possible he could have the biggest impact for the Raptors overall. He brings veteran leadership and mentorship to many of the young guys. We all know Casey loves playing his vets, at least now he has a good one.

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  • Dr Hannibal Lecter
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    Demarre Carrol..

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  • Kuh
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    S.R. wrote: View Post
    If Lowry can play at his peak, he's the most impactful player on this team. He drives wins.
    Agreed. He's also so good already, even when he fell off last year, that the incremental benefit from his improvement is less than the improvement from replacing low impact players with high impact ones (e.g., Carroll for Ross).

    Lowry is still the engine that makes us go.

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  • S.R.
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    If Lowry can play at his peak, he's the most impactful player on this team. He drives wins.

    Casey is still capable of torpedoing the whole thing.

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  • steve
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    The addition of DC at 3 and the great depth at every position with strong 2 way players. The vastly improved defensive depth especially in the second unit should leed to more consistent energy and many more fast break opportunities thanks to their vastly improved D.the wild card factor will probably be Coach CASEY and if he is open minded and flexible enough to take advantage of
    Of the depth and be smart enough to allow JV and the rookies enough playing time to make the inevitable mistakes they will make and then LEARN from them. He never gave JV or JJ that opportunity and with JJ buried one of their BEST DEFENSIVE players on a very weakD team!!! Totally ridiculios ! I have very little faith in the coaches ability to change his rigid regular way of doing things!!! Steve Fisher GO RAPS GO !!!

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  • Kuh
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    OK, according to the totally subjective analysis using WP48 numbers from BoxScoreGeeks, Demarre Carroll at the 3 is a close winner over more defensive-minded players (Bismack + Cory over Tyler + Greivis). Everything else is minor impact only.

    1. Demarre Carroll WP/48 of .205 replaces TRoss minutes with WP/48 of .021 = +8.9 wins*
    2. Kyle Lowry weight loss improves WP/48 from .139 to .210 (his average at start of season) = +3.3 wins
    3. Jonas Valanciunas maturing improves WP/48 from .188 to .230 (fifth best center in the league) = +1.8 wins
    4. DeMar Derozan improves WP/48 from .052 to .120 (his best ever is .096) = +3.0 wins
    5. Patterson vs. Amir is trickier. Patterson had 2156 minutes last year, second most on the team. I guess the real question is Patterson + Scola vs. Amir + Patterson. That's a fall in WP/48 on the Amir to Scola minutes from .138 to .096 = -1.7 wins
    6. Defensive-minded players gives us +8.3 wins
    - Bismack replaces Hansbrough: WP/48 from .122 to .258 = +2.9 wins
    - CoJo replaces Greivis: WP/48 from .054 to .186 = +5.4 wins

    *However, if TRoss minutes replace Lou Williams, WP/48 falls from .141 to .021 = -5.0 wins

    Overall, the team should be a bit better than last year, with the losses from the Lou-TRoss and Amir-Scola downgrades smaller than the Demarre + defense gains. And I'm not going to count on the magic Valanciunas and DD upgrades.
    Last edited by Kuh; Wed Sep 9, 2015, 03:02 PM.

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  • SkywalkerAC
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    psrs1 wrote: View Post
    Scola will be used at centre when we go small in the forth quarter.
    Yup, I could see it being very effective too. Makes us a lot more dynamic than Hansbrough there to close out the game.

    Jonas will get more and more of those minutes as well, matchups depending.

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  • psrs1
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    LJ2 wrote: View Post
    1) Lowry - In shape and ready. Rare to see someone make such dramatic strides to both their game and to their body so late into their career. Says a lot of how motivated he is.

    2) Luis Scola (if he starts) - It's been a long time since we've had someone with his type of post offence at PF. He could be used at C for stretches of games.

    3) Demarre Carrol & T. Ross - I'm looking for Ross to have a rebound year with a simplified role of just defending and shooting the 3 ball. Not expecting Korver or Reddick levels of shooting or Tony Allen level of defense, but something between, and more importantly something reliable.
    Scola will be used at centre when we go small in the forth quarter.

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  • SkywalkerAC
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    psrs1 wrote: View Post
    DC will have the biggest impact in how he uses the roster given to him. Yes DC is not a player BUT rotations and match ups are key.
    I don't know, obviously coaching is important, but I think Masai has laid things plain with this roster. The weirdest thing I could see Casey going with some veteran smallball in Cory/Lowry/DeMar/Carroll/Scola, but 1) I could see that line playing well and 2) otherwise we have a great 10-man rotation that seems to fit pretty well in almost any combination.

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  • psrs1
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    DC will have the biggest impact in how he uses the roster given to him. Yes DC is not a player BUT rotations and match ups are key.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Marz wrote: View Post
    By biggest impact, I mean greatest positive influence on our win-totals (i.e. no room for negativity here!). Make sure to support your opinions with subjective commentary

    1) Demarre Carrol at the 3
    2) Kyle Lowry's Weight Loss
    3) Jonas Valunciunas Maturing
    4) DeMar DeRozan's Incremental Improvements
    5) Patterson's Healthy Ankles (w.r.t. Amir Johnson)
    6) Dwane Casey (now that he has more defensive-minded players)
    I think its a combination of 1 and 3.

    Carroll will make us better on the perimeter. Waaaay better. He will match up with Lebron/Butler/Anthony/PaulGeorge/Wade and that gives us a far far better defensive presence than last year. He will give those big wings all they can handle. He will score some as we will get him the shots we got Ross but its the on the ball defense he brings that we just didn't have last season on some of those Raptor killers that makes him such as great get.

    The maturation or improvement of JV in two offensive areas. Passing the ball out quickly when he is double teamed and adding those extra low post moves. The 10 foot jumper and the ability to pivot and go left or right. If he gets his usage upped in PnR the low post presence we have needed will have arrived.

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