Tyreke Evans Could be Missing Piece for Raptors

just jeffContributor IMay 17, 2009

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For years, I've waited to see the Raptors with both a center and a point guard. 

We finally have two guys, not to star but to play at a high level at the point and center. After all these years to have both and not build around Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon would be foolish.

Bargnani and Calderon both can shoot, opening up the floor for others. In fact, both players are very effective on offense without having to be the No. 1 guy. The Raptors can insert any offensive weapons they want knowing these two players will complement them.

So what do the Raptors need?

Calderon is not a great defender, so Toronto needs a shooting guard who can defend. I would prefer a guy who can guard the other team's quickest player.

Tyreke Evans of Memphis seems almost a perfect fit. 

Evens can guard both the point and the shooting guard spot, allowing Calderon to take the slower guard. At 210 pounds, Calderon might be able to hold his own against bigger guards. Evans is a good offensive player but lacks the three-point shot. Calderon and Bargnani are very good three-point shooters, so we can wait for Evans to develop his shot.

Bargnani needs to improve his rebounding. He might learn to box out as time goes on, but it is obvious he doesn't have a natural rebounding instinct. He will always need guys who can get to the boards around him. 

If Chris Bosh leaves, the Raptors must find a power forward who can rebound above all else. Any backup Toronto has to sub in for Bosh must be able to rebound.

What's left to want for a Toronto team with the two hardest positions in basketball filled? 

Someone who can create his own shot in the fourth quarter. Evans could be that guy with some work on his shooting game. Bosh would be a nice second option. Small forward is a spot that is almost wide open for choices when it comes to needs.  It almost doesn't matter who we find to be the lead scorer because both Bargnani and Calderon can complement them.

With Bargnani and Calderon to build around, the Raptors have finally filled in the center and point guard position. 

Most teams in the NBA are looking for either one or the other, so let's not waste it.

Find our All Stars at the forward spots or shooting guard as long as the guard can defend and the forward can rebound. 

Finally, the Raptors search for the two hardest positions to find in basketball is over.