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  • Raptors Midseason Report Card: D

    NBA.com

    Frontcourt:
    Andrea Bargnani was off to a strong start, but has missed 18 games with a calf injury. Amir Johnson and James Johnson have provided defense, but not much offensively. GRADE: D

    Backcourt:
    Jose Calderon is having another efficient season, leading the league in assist/turnover ratio and shooting much better than he did last year. But DeMar DeRozan has been inconsistent. GRADE: C

    Defense:
    After two straight seasons as the worst defensive team in the league, the Raptors have found a way to get stops under Dwane Casey. They're the third-most improved defensive team, behind Minnesota and New York. GRADE: C+

    Bench:
    Leandro Barbosa, Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza are all averaging double-figures off the bench, but none of the three has been all that efficient. They've combined to shoot just 41 percent. GRADE: C

    Coaching:
    Casey immediately began repairing the Raptors' biggest problem: defense. He'll need more talent to get them functioning offensively again. GRADE: B

    Summary: D
    The Raptors have started over. This season is about establishing a new system and new culture in Toronto, with wins and losses coming after player and team development on the priority list.

    The future includes No. 5 pick Jonas Valanciunas and a 2012 lottery pick, as well as a handful of young players already in uniform. Two of those are DeRozan and Ed Davis, both just 22 years old.

    DeRozan and Davis have had up and down seasons thus far. And for the sake of the Raptors' future, they need to show more consistency and progress over the next two months.
    -John Schumann
    NOTE: These are according to NBA.com.

    What do you guys think?

    Agree? Disagree?

    I personally think its probably one of the more balanced and insightful summaries of what this team is right now.
    Last edited by Joey; Tue Feb 21, 2012, 08:27 PM.

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    joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    What do you guys think?

    Agree? Disagree?

    I personally think its probably one of the more balanced and insightful summaries of what this team is right now.
    I suppose I agree in principle to your grading here, but I think we need to grade the team not against the other teams in the league, because there is no doubt that we have less talent. I think we have to grade them against what the expectations for them at the beginning of the year. I think they have done well against the preseason expectations with a few notable exceptions.

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    • #3
      CT2010 wrote: View Post
      I suppose I agree in principle to your grading here, but I think we need to grade the team not against the other teams in the league, because there is no doubt that we have less talent. I think we have to grade them against what the expectations for them at the beginning of the year. I think they have done well against the preseason expectations with a few notable exceptions.
      Beat me to it. I never know how these things are graded: against expectations or NBA-wide curve. In this case, I'm not sure it matters. Bargs has played well and deserves a B+ (damn injuries). I'd give Calderon a B- cause of the consistency issues. Everyone else is no better than a C. Derozan deserves an F. Davis a D. James Johnson and Barbosa get Cs. Bayless is INCOMPLETE. Everyone else is irrelevant. The offense is an F. The defense, I'll go C for a middle of the pack team. Coaching is an INCOMPLETE.

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      • #4
        Seems like a pretty good assessment to me, at least Schumann seems to get what this season is all about for the Raps unlike most of his American counterparts.

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        • #5
          slaw wrote: View Post
          Beat me to it. I never know how these things are graded: against expectations or NBA-wide curve. In this case, I'm not sure it matters. Bargs has played well and deserves a B+ (damn injuries). I'd give Calderon a B- cause of the consistency issues. Everyone else is no better than a C. Derozan deserves an F. Davis a D. James Johnson and Barbosa get Cs. Bayless is INCOMPLETE. Everyone else is irrelevant. The offense is an F. The defense, I'll go C for a middle of the pack team. Coaching is an INCOMPLETE.
          he's not marking individually genius. So you can't give 2 different back court players 2 different marks. And you sure as hell can't give DeRozan a F for being inconsistent thats just bullshit. Thats pure hate, DeRozan will be here a long time so deal with it. Offense is definitely not an F either considering we kept up with the likes of LA, SA, NY and almost won all those games. If you were grading these you would get fired after this article. You literally just underrated every part of this team.

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          • #6
            NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
            he's not marking individually genius. So you can't give 2 different back court players 2 different marks. And you sure as hell can't give DeRozan a F for being inconsistent thats just bullshit. Thats pure hate, DeRozan will be here a long time so deal with it. Offense is definitely not an F either considering we kept up with the likes of LA, SA, NY and almost won all those games. If you were grading these you would get fired after this article. You literally just underrated every part of this team.
            Completely agree. If you have an opinion or something to say. Make sure its illegible.

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            • #7
              I'd give the coaching a B+ or A- but yeah otherwise, sure.
              @sweatpantsjer

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              • #8
                If you get: B, C+, C, C & D ... why does that equal an overall D?
                The only way to bag a classy lady is to give her two tickets to the gun show... and see if she likes the goods.

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                • #9
                  Papa Burgundy wrote: View Post
                  If you get: B, C+, C, C & D ... why does that equal an overall D?
                  Math is hard?

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                  • #10
                    Papa Burgundy wrote: View Post
                    If you get: B, C+, C, C & D ... why does that equal an overall D?
                    Cause they suck at math

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                    • #11
                      RaptorReuben wrote: View Post
                      Completely agree. If you have an opinion or something to say. Make sure its illegible.
                      why?

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                      • #12
                        My initial take was that the overall grade given was too low, based on what expectations were coming into this season. I figured the Raptors should have earned about a C, since the record was more or less on par with the average expectation.

                        However, after thinking more about it, I think a failing grade (since when did a D become a fail?) is fair, for the following reasons:

                        1) Despite Bargnani's improvements, it would be scary if this calf injury becomes a recurring problem for the rest of his career. Also, having him out so long has hindered the development of chemistry between the core players that are expected to be the cornerstone of the franchise moving forward

                        2) Most fans and experts agreed that the team's record wouldn't be the defining factor of this season for the Raptors, but rather the individual development of the young players would be. Given the lack of improvement, or even regression, of several young core pieces (ie: DeRozan, Davis, Amir, Bayless), there is reason to view the season as a disappointment for the long-term prospects of the franchise.

                        3) For a team looking beyond this season, none of their tradeable assets have been turned into anything useful for the draft/offseason to help further the rebuild (so far). I think it's safe to say that if Barbosa and possibly any of Bayless, Calderon, Amir/Davis or any of the vets (Butler, Carter, Magloire), who aren't perceived to be part of the long-term core of the team, are NOT turned into draft picks, young players or cap space ahead of the draft/offseason, there will be at least some margin of disappointment.


                        Obviously there is still lots of time this season to change any/all of these factors but, at the moment, I think a failing grade is fair for this franchise this season.

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                        • #13
                          CNNSI has now done their mid-season report card, with the Raptors receiving a C.

                          http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...ml?eref=sircrc

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                          • #14
                            NBA.com gets in incomplete grade for an incomplete report card. I'm at work but this is how I see it:

                            Not that anyone asked for it but here's my Report Card:

                            Back Court: Overall CFORWARDS: B/C Centres: D/FCoach: D-/A
                            Casey has gotten his players to buy in and has tailored and adjusted his system to, gasp, SUIT THE PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER! What an out of the box thought! An NBA coach who isn't just going to hammer a square peg into a round hole (ahem, Mark Jackson). As great a revelation he's been at one end it's kinda, well, ugly on the other. Injuries have played a part but the team doesn't really have much of an identity at that end. They aren't much good in the half court, guys aren't moving without the ball and the fast break isn't all that effective. Maybe an offensive guru the way Doc Rivers needed Thibs on D or how Carlisle did with Casey.

                            Front Orifice: N/A
                            BC et al have built us a team that is exactly what he said it would be: built for next year. No albatross contracts, bunch of one year rentals that have zero chance of being here in the long term. Loads of cap room. An extremely intriguing big man stashed over seas and a good to great pick in the worlds deepest draft. This team is cheap, flexible and on a path that is generally considered to be the safest way to build a relevant team in the NBA. That being said the trade deadline is coming up so he could go mental and screw up what is currently a good thing because Brian loves to go all in and swing for the fences. How long can he play the patience game?

                            OVERALL: N/A
                            who the hell cares? like I said above: this team is built for next year. We have a good coach, some decent rotation players who are young enough to become solid, cap space and friendly contracts. The team is mostly playing hard and smart but are really only reaping Tdot because there is no option to forfeit a season in advance. During games they generally give themselves a chance to win but don't because of a lack of talent and you have to believe that the rental tag on so many guys makes it hard to always think team first. I don't hate anyone on this team but don't love any of them either.
                            LET'S GO RAP-TORS!!!!!

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                            • #15
                              Ed davis does not have aaron gray range. Robotic is not even close to what he is in the post. He's an excellent post player and probably has the best post moves on the entire team. He just does not have the strength to back that up. He will improve over time and I'm not ready to give up on him

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