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  • JalenRose5
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    I love Bayless' game. He is pretty turnover prone right now but I think the team is still getting used to him, and he is still trying to learn the limits of the other players. Everyone is so used to Jose, because he is always looking to pass the ball so they move for him. In the case of Bayless, because he is a scorer, the raptor players just stand there like idiots and watch him, and they show no motion or flashes to get open. Amir Johnson and Julian Wright are good players off the ball.

    Give them a year to grow together and they will become the next OKC.

    Bayless, Derozan, (Draft), Davis, Bargnani

    Bargnani needs to go if we can trade him for a more defensive minded Big.

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  • albertan_10
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    I bet Portland is kicking themselves now, especially after losing Brandon Roy to knee surgery

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  • WhatWhat
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    A quick check says that he got 27.7 minutes per game in the playoffs (2009-2010), and he did indeed produce, efficiently even. His DRat was 122 though, but being up against Nash probably had a lot to do with it. Idk if he started though.

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  • Balls of Steel
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    He was at one point, Portland's untouchable. He is playing hurt but will be a great player in two to three years time. He also needs to be surrounded by a cast the complements his skill and they need to be together for 3+ years. The NBA landscape is also changing with the new CBA looming beyond. The trend of superfriends coming together has started and will continue. Gone are the single star with 4 complementary players. BC should he be renewed, needs to understand this landscape. DeMar, Ed, and Amir are the core of this team along with Bayless. As a fan, that puts me to sleep at night. If we draft a top tier PG, even better.

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  • Joey
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    WhatWhat wrote: View Post
    This really needs to be emphasized.
    Agreed.
    However not compleetely accurate. Last year in the playoffs, he was playing quite a few minutes as well. Not sure off the top of my head how many, but consistent, good minutes; and he produced at a high level and opened alot of eyes. Getting a first round pick for him isn't completely shite, though.
    If Portland didn't have Wesley Matthews steppin' up, they'd be REAL sorry they made this move to free a spot up for OBERTO and a conditional pick. haha
    Last edited by Joey; Sun Jan 23, 2011, 02:01 PM.

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  • WhatWhat
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    playing over 20 minutes a night for the first time in his NBA life
    This really needs to be emphasized.

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  • mcHAPPY
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    joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Nice find. I really do hope it works out here for him here. I like him. He attacks the basket more consistently than anyone else on the team besides MAYBE Barbosa and Demar. And Jay has been playing him along side Jose alot more, which allows him to do what he does best.
    He is getting better with his court vision, and having a guy like Jose can only make him better.

    Was a great pickup. This trade actually got an honorable mention from SI.com as one of the best acquisitions in the offseason. (which doesn't make much sense since it was mid-season, but still. haha)
    And averaging 3.9 assists in 20 mins is pretty good too. I think when he is forcing it he is trying to be the guy to make it happen versus let someone else get the assist. I'm not sure if that makes sense but think of the scoring in hockey - often it is the guy 2 passes away who made it all happen.

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  • Joey
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    Nice find. I really do hope it works out here for him here. I like him. He attacks the basket more consistently than anyone else on the team besides MAYBE Barbosa and Demar. And Jay has been playing him along side Jose alot more, which allows him to do what he does best.
    He is getting better with his court vision, and having a guy like Jose can only make him better.

    Was a great pickup. This trade actually got an honorable mention from SI.com as one of the best acquisitions in the offseason. (which doesn't make much sense since it was mid-season, but still. haha)

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  • mcHAPPY
    started a topic Bayless is happy here

    Bayless is happy here

    Jerryd Bayless Is Finally Home

    Usually when a team drafts a player generally considered to have All-Star potential, they hold onto that young man, but Toronto's Jerryd Bayless has played for three teams in his two-and-a-half year career. That's not easy for any player, let alone one trying to find his place in the league. That's hard enough to do when you're given an opportunity to play and succeed from Day 1, but Bayless has had to wait for his opportunity.

    Thankfully for Bayless, it seems as though that opportunity has finally arrived with the Raptors.

    "This is just a great situation from the standpoint that it's a younger team and a team that's still growing," Bayless said. "I've been in situations before where teams were already settled and I was just kind of thrown out there. This is something where I can grow, and hopefully it works out."

    In his first 24 games with Toronto, Bayless is averaging career highs in points (9.8ppg) and assists (3.9apg), while playing over 20 minutes a night for the first time in his NBA life. The Raptors are struggling to rebuild, which is awful for the team's record, but great for a group of young players that need floor time in order to get better.

    "The losing is the toughest part about it," Bayless added. "You look around the league at some of the other teams that have had to go through something similar, like an Oklahoma City or a Portland… It's something that you just have to push through and keep the positive thinking."

    The Raps currently have the fourth-worst record in the Eastern conference, but that's not because they've fallen short of expectations; it's simply because they're a work in progress.

    "It's just the learning aspect of it. It's something everybody has to go through," Bayless said. "You might not come out with a positive result at first, but it always hopefully ends up turning around later, and I think it will here."

    As for what he and the rest of his team hope to accomplish for the rest of this season, they don't seem to believe that they're totally out of the playoff picture yet.

    "I don't think this season is over by any stretch. We could easily go on a five or six game winning streak and things could turn around and start looking bright. We've just got to keep working and getting better every day. If we can do that, anything can happen."

    Read more NBA news and insight: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?...#ixzz1BscZy5h4
    Last edited by Apollo; Wed Feb 16, 2011, 09:57 AM.
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