Toronto Raptors Building for the Future

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Toronto Raptors Building for the Future
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Trading Chris Bosh is not the answer.

That was the title of my last article. In follow up to that article, I'm going to explore what is the answer.

I've already established that Bosh can be your franchise player. Even if you don't want to consider him a "franchise player" because that is a title reserved for LeBron and Kobe.

He still is the most important player in the franchise. Wait, that is the definition of franchise player. Especially with the leadership he has shown through the past couple years leading Toronto to the playoffs, with the exception of last year.

Any who, looking back at the Detroit Pistons (which I said this team reminds me of), who would of been the franchise player on that team? They were a good team and became stars together.

That is the chance this team has in the future.

With the addition of Hedo Turkoglu, they have someone who can create on offense. Leaving a two-headed monster at the start of the offense, with the ball in either Jose Calderon or Turkoglu's hands.

With a improved Andrea Bargnani, this takes some pressure off of Bosh. The fact Bargnani can shoot a three-ball makes the defense have to spread out. This worked well for the Orlando Magic's Rashard Lewis, helping give Dwight Howard some domination in the paint.

This let's a solid offense run.

The future can be seen through DeMar Derozan. A 6'7" shooting guard, to match with 6'10" Turkoglu, 6'10" Bosh, and 7'0" Bargnani; it will be one of the biggest squads in the NBA.

Derozan's ability to score and being able to out-rebound small forwards will help Toronto become a very scary team.

Derozan showed leadership drive and the ability to take over a game in last year's PAC-10 Tournament, carrying USC to the championship. That was college, but if this transitions to the NBA, Toronto can compete with anybody.

This is where Toronto stands, now where do they need to go?

Well the bench is weak, but there are some players with upside.

I like Patrick O'Bryant and Pops Mensah-Bonsu being able to develop under Bosh.

I also like the toughness Reggie Evans brings off the bench.

They are two solid role players away from having the whole picture.

In 2010, I think looking at a veteran such as Raja Bell to provide defensive leadership and grabbing a scorer, like Larry Hughes, would help Toronto immensely off the bench.

Maybe not those two specifically, but players like them. Building up through the draft with a small forward would be wise also.

The style that Bryan Colangelo has orchestrated has great potential. He must have been watching some international games with his dad, Jerry, because he is adopting a style that once perfected translates to a 55-plus win season.

The Raptor may be extinct, but with a smart, not big 2010 offseason and the re-signing of the key player in your franchise, these Raptors are far from dead.

 

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