Kleiza or Delfino: Who Is The Deadliest Warrior?

Brad NortonCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

So, Raptors fans, including myself, are dying to know how we can acquire Linas Kleiza from Denver. We are all interested in him ever since talk of Bryan Colangelo trying to bring him over here started July 1.

We are really excited because (a) he actually apparently has said he would like to play for the Raptors (b) we're tired of the Delfino shenanigans and this guy is equal or possibly better than Delfino (c) he may be the answer to the raptors playoff problems as he was a solid contributor to the Denver Nuggets run to the western conference finals.

But Raptors fans myself included are still interested in Delfino because (a) he like Kleiza has stated he wants to play for Toronto (b) he was a solid role player off the bench during the raptors last season they made the postseason (c) the last time the Raptors made it to the post season they weren't nearly as good on paper as this year's team and last years (don't panic we'll do way better than we did last year).

Delfino would play a possible lesser or morer (yes, I just made that word up) role with the raptors this season meaning either he has less fatigue going into the playoffs or he develops faster by getting more exposure.

It's a battle of the combo guard-forward vs. combo forward-forward, SG/SF vs. SF/PF, Kleiza vs. Delfino, who will come out victorious?

We're going to take a sort of Deadliest Warrior theme, posting season stats and averages and career season averages, their weapons(in this case what their strengths are), their weaknesses, some YouTube clips and then YOU decide by voting on the poll and in a week or two we'll decide who wins regardless of who get's signed by the Raptors. 

Now, Delfino alone will take up a couple pages. So, were going to split this into two articles. Part Two will come out sometime tomorrow or Friday.

Let's start with Delfino: His Season averages are as follows

2004-05 season, team: Detroit Pistons 3.9 PPG, .2 BLKPG, .7 STLPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.3 APG played 30 out of 82 games and averaged 15.3 minutes a game.

2005-06 Season, team: Detroit Pistons 3.6 PPG, .2 BLKPG, .3 STLPG, 1.7 RPG, .6 APG played 68 out of 82 games and averaged 10.7 minutes a game.

2006-07 season, team: Detroit Pistons 5.2 PPG, .1 BLKPG, .6 STLPG, 3.2 PPG, 1.1 APG played 82 out of 82 games and averaged 16.7 minutes a game.

2007-08 Season, team: Toronto Raptors 9 PPG, .1 BLKPG, .8 STLPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.8 APG played 82 out of 82 games and averaged 23.5 minutes a game.


But, per 36 min. it would look more like this:

2004-05 Season, 9.1 PPG, .5 BLKPG, 1.7 STLPG, 4.3 RPG, 3APG

2005-06 Season, 12.2 PPG, .7 BPG, 1 SPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.2 APG

2006-07 season, 11.2 PPG, .2 BPG, 1.2 SPG, 7 RPG, 2.3 APG

2007-08 season, 13.8 PPG, .2 BPG, 1.3 SPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 APG


During the Playoffs it looks like this:

2005-06 season,  .6 PPG, .5 RPG, .3 APG played 8 games and averaged 4 minutes a game

2006-07 season, 2.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, .5 APG played 16 games and averaged 8.4 minutes a game.

2007-08 season, 8.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.2 APG played 5 games and averaged 24.2 minutes a game.

On a side note: I was just looking at his salary and he didn't even make $2 million during his time with the raps. Now, him wanting double that and a bit which is $4 million I think that's the right price. But, he wants $5 million because those damned Russians went and over payed him.

His career averages per game are as follows:

5.8 PPG, .2 BPG, .6 SPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.2 APG

His career averages per 36 minutes are as follows:

12.3 PPG, .3 BPG, 1.3 SPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.5 APG 

His career playoff averages:

2.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, .7 APG

 Now for the YouTube clips:





STRENGTHS: Has shown that he can be an excellent Defender and Rebounder.

WEAKNESSES: He's not the most consistent shooter. But, still takes those deep shots from behind the arc. Hasn't been able to really move the ball into a scoring position when around the rim.

If the Raptors acquire him or another team in the NBA does, then I can use the player by stat comparison feature on the web sites that have it. But, as the head to head features are up to date, it doesn't have delfino's stat's and shows zero across the board. I may have to do this the old fashioned way and use my noodle.