Now that’s been an offseason!
And it may not be over, but really just how many more magic tricks can Colangelo have up his sleeve.
The Raptors have added 9 new faces to the roster since the end of last season (Hey, I lost count!), not including the 3 new faces from mid-season last year.
It’s time we had a proper introduction to the group.
We can throw in Matt Carroll at the end, just in case Colangelo convinces Dallas that Marcus Banks fills their need for a third string point guard, the same way Matt Carroll could fill the Raptors' need for a third string small forward.
Not exactly earth-shattering but might just happen.
As the Raptors sit today, the depth chart looks something like this:
Point Guard: Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, Quincy Douby, Marcus Banks.
Shooting Guard: Demar DeRozan, Marco Belinelli, Sonny Weems
Small Forward: Hedo Turkoglu, Antoine Wright
Power Forward: Chris Bosh, Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson
Center: Andrea Bargnani, Rasho Nesterovic, Patrick O’Bryant
When introducing the Raptors, it would be nice to have some perspective as to how they compare to other players in the NBA at their position.
To help this along, here are some baseline stats to keep in mind.
Real average measurements by position estimated from information provided by Draft Express. (when entering the draft)
Point Guards average: 6'2" tall in shoes, weigh 184 lbs, standing reach 8’
Shooting Guards average: 6'4" tall in shoes, weigh 202 lbs, standing reach 8'5".
Small Forwards average: 6'8" tall in shoes, weigh 213 lbs, standing reach 8'8".
Power Forwards average: 6'9" tall in shoes, weigh 235lbs, standing reach 8'11".
Centers average: 6'11" tall in shoes, weigh 251lbs, standing reach 9'2".
Shoes on average add 1 inch to height and measurements should consider the shoes worn on pre-draft measurement day as they can range from 0.5 inch to over 1.5 inches in extreme cases.
The NBA provides statistics on players by position for each year. Last year, the median stats by position were:
Guards: 7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1apg
Forwards: 7.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.9 apg
Centers: 4.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.6 apg
The median stats are not a target or a goal but merely the statistics that half of the players at that position achieved or bettered.
Of course, having a personal stat below that number means more than half the players at your position had a better statistical performance than you did.
The NBA does not break guards and forwards into PG/SG and SF/PF.
Following are the new players' measurements and stats and including some subjective commentary.
So who are these new Raptors?