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  • HoopsWorld.com : Six Reasons Why Toronto Makes the Playoffs

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/six-reason...-the-playoffs/

    by Stephen Brotherston
    TORONTOOOOOO RAPTORSSSSSS

  • #2
    7. Break out potential

    Another reason for optimism with this team is the number of players in line for "breakout" seasons.

    Bargnani, Davis, DeRozan, Fields, Lowry. Add to this group a likelihood of consistent rookie performances from Val. and Ross and you have to like what you see.

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    • #3
      i love that Andre Borg is your avatar Sheptor

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      • #4
        Hey...Stephen!...Stephen!?

        How much are they paying you!?
        If Your Uncle Jack Helped You Off An Elephant, Would You Help Your Uncle Jack Off An Elephant?

        Sometimes, I like to buy a book on CD and listen to it, while reading music.

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        • #5
          LBF wrote: View Post
          Hey...Stephen!...Stephen!?

          How much are they paying you!?
          would be more interesting if it wasn't Stephen
          @Chr1st1anL

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          • #6
            I'm quite surprised 'Overall Talent' was not a reason.

            We had quite the addition of talent, and at basically every position. Arguably, we have an upgrade in the depth chart compared to the past season. In my opinion, it's not even a fair contest.

            Kyle Lowry, John Lucas III, Terrence Ross, Landry Fields, Quincy Acy, Jonas Valanciunas.

            Quite the influx of talent, especially 4 out of the 6 can make an impact on the team's success. (Lowry, Ross, Fields, Valanciunas.)

            Question is, can they gel together?
            Twitter: @ReubenJRD NBA, Raptors writer for Daily Hive Vancouver, Toronto.

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            • #7
              Should we be taking anything Stephen says seriously - isn't it basically the equivalent of Aresenaulist writing the piece - I feel hoopsworld just hired a few guys to satisfy the fans of all the small market teams and we take everything they write to heart. Yes I agree that on paper we have a good shot at 7th or 8th seed but I would feel a lot better if the article was written by hoopsworld more recognized writers

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              • #8
                LBF wrote: View Post
                Hey...Stephen!...Stephen!?

                How much are they paying you!?
                Just wondering if the points he made are somehow invalid because of who he is? I don't read hoopsworld, so I don't know anything about this guy. Were the numbers he was quoting wrong?

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                • #9
                  I had a dream last night that Bargnani had his best season ever lol

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                  • #10
                    Puffer wrote: View Post
                    Just wondering if the points he made are somehow invalid because of who he is? I don't read hoopsworld, so I don't know anything about this guy. Were the numbers he was quoting wrong?
                    He at times adjusts for pace, sometimes per 36 and other times just raw numbers - which ofcourse can make a significant difference. His numbers aren't wrong, they just aren't normalized.


                    But anyways, if you've read Brotherson before, its his Doug Smith without connections approach to the team that I'm assuming makes people question his writing. They are puff peices.

                    In this article he is basically saying if the Raptors improve in every aspect of basketball, the teams rookies can come in and contribute, and health and chemistry don't have a negative impact on the team (which was simply parroting Colangelo's statement the paragraph above), they'll make the playoffs.

                    Well that can apply to nearly every team in the league though.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the explanation.

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                      • #12
                        Craiger wrote: View Post
                        He at times adjusts for pace, sometimes per 36 and other times just raw numbers - which ofcourse can make a significant difference. His numbers aren't wrong, they just aren't normalized.


                        But anyways, if you've read Brotherson before, its his Doug Smith without connections approach to the team that I'm assuming makes people question his writing. They are puff peices.

                        In this article he is basically saying if the Raptors improve in every aspect of basketball, the teams rookies can come in and contribute, and health and chemistry don't have a negative impact on the team (which was simply parroting Colangelo's statement the paragraph above), they'll make the playoffs.

                        Well that can apply to nearly every team in the league though.
                        So what is the problem? He is a columnist giving an opinion.

                        I agree the piece is very optimistic but what is wrong with that? Has the roster not improved on paper? Won't more practice and teaching by Casey have improvements given what they were able to accomplish in a short period of time? Have weaknesses in the team not been addressed?

                        The only issue I see with the piece is the reality that not everything is going to go the Raps way this season. Not every player is going to improve, there will be injuries along the way as well as conflicts, and there will be slumps or bad games by key players.... but they are (or should) also be givens.

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                        • #13
                          Matt52 wrote: View Post
                          So what is the problem? He is a columnist giving an opinion.

                          I agree the piece is very optimistic but what is wrong with that? Has the roster not improved on paper? Won't more practice and teaching by Casey have improvements given what they were able to accomplish in a short period of time? Have weaknesses in the team not been addressed?
                          The only issue I see with the piece is the reality that not everything is going to go the Raps way this season. Not every player is going to improve, there will be injuries along the way as well as conflicts, and there will be slumps or bad games by key players.... but they are (or should) also be givens.
                          This coming from a guy who calls writers who aren't positive on the Raptors biased (Hollinger) or 'not journalists' (Simmons) .

                          Too each their own I guess.

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                          • #14
                            Craiger wrote: View Post
                            This coming from a guy who calls writers who aren't positive on the Raptors biased (Hollinger) or 'not journalists' (Simmons) .

                            Too each their own I guess.
                            Right.... Brotherston is not a journalist nor is Simmons and if you ever read (any off season report) or watch (draft night?) Hollinger, it is hard to not see him as biased. The only less objective view point I can think of is SheridanHoops.com.

                            So outside of that, do you not agree the Raptors are better on paper than last season? That more practice time and a less hectic game schedule should help Casey get his teachings and game tactics ingrained? Have Raptor weaknesses not been addressed?

                            Say what you will about me Craiger but at least I am objective. In your haste to attempt to discredit me, you don't seem to realize my last paragraph essentially agrees with your post.

                            I only have one question for you: hypocrite much?

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                            • #15
                              In my search to find something from John Hollinger that was positive on the Raptors, I had to go back to September 30th, 2008. Clearly Colangelo and the Raptors made him look like an idiot in hindsight heading in to the 2008-2009 season. Now the bias is definitely understood and even appreciated.

                              Biggest Strength: Interior defense
                              It sounds crazy to be saying this about a Raptors team, but if O'Neal is even remotely healthy it will be true. His defense hasn't received a lot of attention so I'm not sure casual fans understand what a force he is at that end -- he not only block shots, rebounds and takes charges, but he's tough enough to guard the opponent's top post threat every night. Those attributes will be immensely helpful to Bosh, as he often was an undersized center in previous Raptors lineups.

                              Instead, he can be the active, perimeter-focused guy who guards the lesser of the opponent's frontcourt threats and can make plays from the weak side with his quickness and length. Those who watched the U.S. Olympic team saw what a force he can be in that role.

                              In addition, don't forget about small forward Jamario Moon, another long high-flier who blocks shots like a big man. Between he, Bosh and O'Neal the Raps should be among the league leaders in shot blocks and defensive rebounding, even with relatively little help from the frontcourt off the pine.

                              Outlook
                              In projecting Toronto's record, it's important to note that they had the performance of a 52-win team a year ago, even though they only won 41 games, and that they could have won even more had they not sabotaged themselves by keeping Bargnani in the rotation.

                              The trade for O'Neal offers another potential bright spot. While Calderon can take over most of the minutes that Ford played a year ago, O'Neal fills in a large defensive void and, if healthy, should greatly improve Toronto at this end. That's the rub, of course -- I projected him to average 27 minutes a game, including injury time-outs, and even that may have been optimistic.

                              Additionally, the bench seems nowhere near as strong as the unit from a year ago. Toronto finds itself counting on players like Ukic, Kapono and Bargnani, and based on their numbers from a season ago that's a scary proposition indeed. It's possible Bargnani surprises us with a breakout year, but the odds of the other two doing so are remote.

                              Add it all up and you have a sleeper in the East, but one whose lack of depth and injury-prone frontcourt make it unlikely to pile up a huge regular-season victory total. They may very well win a round in the playoffs, but they're not quite ready to move into the conference's upper crust yet.

                              Prediction: 47-35, 3rd in Atlantic Division, T-5th in Eastern Conference

                              http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/traini...rsForecast0809
                              To Hollinger's credit, nothing (outside of hiring Dwane Casey) has turned out as planned or hoped for the Raptors in the last 4 years so why should they start now? Afterall, according to Hollinger the pick for Lowry to Houston is a guaranteed lottery pick from Toronto.

                              I do hope his forecast of the 2012-13 Raptors is as accurate as his 2008-2009 forecast.

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