An In-Depth Look at the Toronto Raptors' 2009-2010 Roster
The Raptors still potentially have some moves they can make, but for summer's sake, let's take a look at the next season.
First, the roster.
PG - Calderon/Jack/Ukic
SG - DeRozan/Wright/Douby
SF - Turkoglu/George/DeRozan
PF - Bosh/Evans/George
C - Bargnani/O'Bryant/Evans
Handling the point is Calderon again. Calderon is hoping to be back to 100 percent this season, after nursing a hamstring injury for the majority of last season. His already average defense took a hit, letting point guards blow by and create foul trouble.
Backing him up is Jarrett Jack, a great defender. This is a huge upgrade from Roko Ukic. Jack has the opportunity to take over at the 1 spot later in the season. Ukic will see limited minutes after a dismal Summer League performance. Personally I was hoping RokoBe" would step up.
Out of USC, the rookie DeMar DeRozan will most likely be given starting position at Shooting Guard. Air Canada 2.0 is just what Raptor fans crave since Vince Carter left.
The amazing athleticism of DeRozan is also what Toronto needs, finishing close to the bottom of the ranks for Fast Break points last season. Antoine Wright can play and will be used a lot throughout the season. Douby falls into the end, although he could surprise us after being praised by coaches on his work ethic.
At Small Forward, the Raptors run out of luck. Yes, Turkoglu is a step up from Joey Graham or Jamario Moon of last season, close out games, and stay healthy. But the lack of depth could kill the Raptors if an injury occurs. George is not the greatest backup at the 3 spot, and putting DeRozan there is debateable as well.
The Power Forward position is a toss-up. Chris Bosh is the centre of the Toronto Raptor franchise, and can really play. A strong rebounder, a talented scorer, and good defender is what you want in a franchise player. Behind him is Reggie Evans, acquired in a trade for Jason Kapono. Reggie Evans will see minutes being a backup 4 man.
A proven rebounder and aggresive defender, he fills a void that killed the Raptors last season. But how will Evans play with heavier minutes than ever before? That's the real question. George behind Evans is not too shabby either.
And at Centre, the promising Andrea Bargnani. Following the All-Star Break, the big man averaged 20 points and 7 rebounds. Although i'd like to see more rebounds, it's great he scores 20 points a game now, it's what a No. 1 pick should do.
Unfortunately, the party is over as soon as Bargnani yet again gets cheap fouls early on. Then either O'Bryant or Evans is thrown in. Honestly, I can't predict who will go in. Bryant has little game, average all around is a stretch. Evans is yet to prove himself as a sixth man.
To conclude, the Raptors should address the need at small forward. Linus Klieza is a great prospect who I would love on the Raptors. Carlos Delfino will most likely not sign with the Toronto Raptors, after talking with Argentina newspapers about injuries.
Also, his Russian team can offer more than the Raptors are willing, and appropriately so, I think there are better options.
This is my first article, feedback is always welcome.
UPDATE: Pops Menash Bonsu is a restricted free agent. the Raptors are hoping another team offers him a contract, so then the raptors can match.
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