10 Players The Raptors Acquired Five Years Too Late(Part 2)
Well, it's been a while since part one. So, I come to you with the conclusion of numbers 6-10.
I might throw in some honorable mentions and I might not. But, without further adieu I give you the conclusion to the list.
Same rules as the first slide show, but, different people. Please, enjoy
6. Jermaine O' Neal
J.O. never really worked in Toronto and his injury didn't really help. But, had he been acquired five years earlier he was a good player.
I think he could have worked in Toronto. Bosh would have adapted easier with J.O., as he (Bosh) was younger and the Raptors were struggling.
Jermaine was 30 when he was acquired and averaged 13.5 pppg and 7 ppg in half a season with injuries where he played limited games.
At the age of 25, J.O. averaged 20.1 ppg and 10 rpg and his numbers maintained that for 3 seasons after that.
Which if you include the 2 seasons before when he was 24 and 23 is a total of 6 seasons averaging as high as 24.3 ppg and 10.5 rpg(seperate seasons)
and as low as 19 ppg and 8.8 rpg(seperate seasons).
That would have been a huge boost for the raptors. But, Jermaine has never played a full 82 game NBA season. The closest he has come is 81 games which he sat out the last game to rest for the playoffs.
7. Tyrone Corbin
The Raptors acquired Corbin at the tender age of 38. Which pretty much sums up they acquired him way too late.
He averaged 1.3 ppg, .7 rpg, .3 apg. The LOWEST OF HIS 15 YEAR CAREER!!!
The previous year Sacramento payed him $500,000. Where he averaged 4.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg.
The Raptors picked him up and decided to pay him $1 million dollars. When his numbers clearly show he's almost completely washed up.
You can thank another shitty GM for that.
8. Earl Cureton
This is where my exception rule comes in as he was acquired in the 96-97 season. But, this is just too ridiculous to pass up the guy was 39 when he was acquired and get this averaged:
.8 ppg, 1 rpg, .4 apg for the Raptors and just incase your wondering he averaged 0 blocks and steals.
Not to mention he hadn't played an NBA game since he was 36 and his entire career never averaged anything that impressive and was chewed up and spit out his entire career.
He played a total of 9 games for the Raptors and then retired. He only earned a total of $1, 792, 700 his entire career.
But, to be honest he never really earned the $205, 200 the Raptors gave him. Sorry, Earl, but, that's just shameful.
9. Benoit Benjamin
Benoit Benjamin was acquired in the '96-97 season and played one year for the Raptors at the age of 32.
He averaged 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, .3 apg. Had he been acquired five years earlier he averaged 14 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg.
Not to mention .6 spg and 1.9 bpg where as he averaged .3 spg and 0 bpg with his time as a Raptor.
again my exception rule comes into play.
10. Corie Blount
Mr. Blount was acquired by the Raptors midway through the 2003-04 season. at the age of 35.
He averaged 2.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .6 apg, .7 spg, .3 bpg. To be honest those numbers were closer to his highest career numbers than lowest.
Which for 18.4 minutes per game is pretty bad.
Now, you're probably asking yourself throughout this slide show is why would you pick up most of these guys not to mention over pay them.
To answer that I don't know. maybe the Gm's were dumb, maybe the players were very convincing. maybe, both. Either way these fo-paws are on you Rob Babcock, Glen Grunwald, Isiah Thomas, and yes, even you Bryan Colangelo.
Thanks for reading.